Jorge Masvidal

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Jorge Masvidal
Born (1984-11-12) November 12, 1984 (age 29)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other names Gamebred
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Division Lightweight (155 lb)
Welterweight (170 lb)
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Miami, Florida
Rank Black belt in Freestyle Fighting System[2]
Years active 2003-present (MMA)
Professional boxing record
Total 1
Wins 1
Losses 0
Draws 0
Kickboxing record
Total 1
Wins 1
Losses 0
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 34
Wins 26
By knockout 10
By submission 2
By decision 14
Losses 8
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 5
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jorge Masvidal (born November 12, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who trains with American Top Team and at the Freestyle Fighting Academy.[3] As of May 26, 2014, Masvidal is #14 in official UFC lightweight rankings.[4]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jorge won his kickboxing debut in April 11, 2003 in a Fast and Fearless event, he won by unanimous decision. Masvidal's most high profile victory came in the main event of the Absolute Fighting Championships XXII event held on April 30, 2005. The fight was against current UFC competitor and The Ultimate Fighter 5 contestant Joe Lauzon, who came in undefeated at eight wins and no losses with all eight wins by way of submission. Jorge won via Technical Knock Out in the second round with a flurry of punches.

Jorge went on to garner an impressive 3-0 record in the now defunct Bodog Fight promotion, including decision victories over Keith Wisniewski, Steve Berger, and a head kick knockout over respected PRIDE Fighting Championships and UFC veteran Yves Edwards.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

Masvidal was signed by Bellator Fighting Championships and entered their lightweight tournament in April 2009.[5] Masvidal won his first fight via TKO in the first round. However, he was defeated in the semi-finals to Toby Imada at Bellator 5 by inverted triangle choke submission in the third round. This upset loss to Imada has been acknowledge by Sherdog and MMA Junkie as Submission of the Year.

Masvidal faced and defeated Eric Reynolds at Bellator 12 in a 160 lb catch weight fight with a Rear Naked Choke. He was rumored to be fighting again in the second season lightweight tournament but after losing a bout before that, he was dropped by the organization.

He moved up to the welterweight division to fight Paul Daley at Shark Fights 13 in Amarillo, Texas in September 2010. Masvidal was defeated by Daley via unanimous decision in a controversial loss, having secured many takedowns. After this impressive performance he was signed to Strikeforce.

Strikeforce[edit]

Masvidal returned to Strikeforce in early 2011, facing Billy Evangelista at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Masvidal then fought former Elite XC Lightweight Champion K.J. Noons in a #1 contender's bout. Masvidal won the fight using superior grappling and dropping Noons at the end of the first round with a high kick.

Masvidal faced Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on December 17, 2011 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA.[6] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Following the championship bout, Masvidal fought Justin Wilcox at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy on July 14, 2012. He won the fight via split decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Following the dissolution of Strikeforce in January 2013, Masvidal was brought over to the UFC as a fighter. He made his debut against Tim Means on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[7] Masvidal was successful in his debut, winning the fight via unanimous decision.

For his second bout with the promotion, Masvidal made a quick return to the Octagon as he replaced Reza Madadi in a bout against Michael Chiesa on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[8] Despite being dropped in the first round by punches, Masvidal took control in the second round and won via submission.

For his third UFC bout, Masvidal faced Rustam Khabilov on November 6, 2013 at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3.[9] He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision. Despite the loss, the bout did earn Masvidal his first Fight of the Night bonus honors.[10]

Masvidal fought longtime MMA veteran Pat Healy at UFC on Fox 11.[11] He out-struck the veteran to a unanimous decision win.

Masvidal is expected to face Daron Cruickshank on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12.[12]

Boxing[edit]

Masvidal's professional boxing debut took place on June 8, 2005. After training under Eric "El Tigre" Cantanos, he defeated Joseph Benjamin (1-11-2) at the Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel in Miami, Florida. The victory came via majority decision after 4 rounds. Masvidal has not competed in boxing since.

Personal life[edit]

Masvidal had made a name for himself locally in Miami after participating in two street fights that became popular on the internet. The videos feature him defeating Kimbo Slice's protégé "Ray" on two occasions.[13]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Absolute Fighting Championships
    • AFC Welterweight championship (One time)[14]

Submission Grappling[edit]

  • 2002 NAGA Florida States - 3rd Place (Teen)
  • 2003 NAGA Nationals Lightweight - 2nd Place
  • 2003 FGA Southeast Challenge II Lightweight Champion
  • 2004 NAGA Chicago Pro Am - 2nd Place

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 26–8 Pat Healy Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 25–8 Rustam Khabilov Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 3 5:00 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 25–7 Michael Chiesa Submission (D'arce choke) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 2 4:59 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 24–7 Tim Means Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 23–7 Justin Wilcox Decision (split) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy July 14, 2012 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 22–7 Gilbert Melendez Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal December 17, 2011 5 5:00 San Diego, California, United States For the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.
Win 22–6 K.J. Noons Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum June 18, 2011 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Strikeforce Lightweight title eliminator.
Win 21–6 Billy Evangelista Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson March 5, 2011 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States Return to Lightweight.
Loss 20–6 Paul Daley Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 13 September 11, 2010 3 5:00 Amarillo, Texas, United States Catchweight (171.75) bout.
Win 20–5 Naoyuki Kotani Decision (split) ASTRA April 25, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 19–5 Luis Palomino Decision (split) G-Force Fights 3 April 2, 2010 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 19–4 Satoru Kitaoka KO (punches) Sengoku 11 November 7, 2009 2 3:03 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–4 Eric Reynolds Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 12 June 19, 2009 3 3:33 Hollywood, Florida, United States Catchweight (160 lb).
Loss 17–4 Toby Imada Technical Submission (inverted triangle choke) Bellator 5 May 1, 2009 3 3:22 Dayton, Ohio, United States Bellator Season 1 LW Tournament Semifinal.
Win 17–3 Nick Agallar TKO (punches) Bellator 1 April 3, 2009 1 1:19 Hollywood, Florida, United States Bellator Season 1 LW Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 16–3 Seung Hwan Bang Decision (unanimous) Sengoku 6 November 1, 2008 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 15–3 Ryan Schultz TKO (punches) Sengoku 5 September 28, 2008 1 1:57 Tokyo, Japan Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.
Loss 14–3 Rodrigo Damm TKO (punch) Sengoku 3 June 8, 2008 2 4:38 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–2 Ryan Healy Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: At The Dome February 23, 2008 3 5:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Win 13–2 Brant Rose TKO (punches) CHF December 11, 2007 1 0:56 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 12–2 Matt Lee TKO (elbows and punches) Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion September 29, 2007 1 1:33 Beverly Hills, California, United States
Win 11–2 Yves Edwards KO (head kick) BodogFight July 14, 2007 2 2:59 Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–2 Steve Berger Decision (unanimous) BodogFight December 15, 2006 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 9–2 Keith Wisniewski Decision (majority) BodogFight August 22, 2006 3 5:00 Costa Rica
Win 8–2 Nuri Shakir Decision (unanimous) AFC 17 June 24, 2006 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Won AFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–2 David Gardner TKO (punches) AFC 15 February 18, 2006 2 0:14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 6–2 Paul Rodriguez Submission (rear-naked choke) AFC 13 July 30, 2005 1 2:27 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 6–1 Joe Lauzon TKO (punches) AFC 12 April 30, 2005 2 3:57 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 5–1 Raphael Assunção Decision (unanimous) Full Throttle April 21, 2005 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 5–0 Justin Wisniewski Decision (majority) AFC 8 May 1, 2004 2 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 4–0 Julian Ortega Decision (unanimous) AFC 6 December 3, 2003 2 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 3–0 Rolando Delgado TKO (punches) AFC 5 September 5, 2003 2 2:14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 2–0 Brian Geraghty Decision (unanimous) AFC 4 July 19, 2003 2 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 1–0 Brandon Bledsoe KO (punches) AFC 3 May 24, 2003 1 3:55 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

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