November 12, 1984 |
Miami, Florida, United States
|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)|
|Fighting out of||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team
Freestyle Fighting Academy
|Rank||Black belt in Freestyle Fighting System|
|Years active||2003-present (MMA)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jorge Masvidal (born November 12, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Lightweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2003, Masvidal has also competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, Shark Fights, and World Victory Road. As of May 26, 2014, Masvidal is #14 in official UFC Lightweight rankings.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Boxing
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, to a Cuban father and Peruvian mother, Masvidal was often involved in street fighting from a young age. Masvidal later competed in high school wrestling, but failed to stay eligible because of his grades, and then began training in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
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 BodogFIGHT promotion, including decision victories over Keith Wisniewski, Steve Berger, and a head kick knockout over respected PRIDE Fighting Championships and UFC veteran Yves Edwards.
Masvidal was signed by Bellator and entered their Lightweight Tournament in April 2009. 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 was acknowledged by Sherdog and MMA Junkie as Submission of the Year.
Masvidal faced and defeated Eric Reynolds at Bellator 12 in a 160 lb Catchweight bout via rear-naked choke submission. He was rumored to be fighting again in the Season Two Lightweight Tournament but after losing a bout before that, he was released by the organization.
Masvidal moved up to the Welterweight division to fight Paul Daley at Shark Fights 13 in Amarillo, Texas in September 2010. The bout was later made a Catchweight of 171.75 lbs. after Daley failed to make weight. 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.
Masvidal then fought former Elite XC Lightweight Champion K.J. Noons in a number one 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. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Masvidal was then expected to face Bobby Green on November 3, 2012 at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir, but the bout was cancelled due to the cancellation of the event itself. Masvidal was later expected to face Pat Healy at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine but had to pull out due to a back injury.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Following the dissolution of Strikeforce in January 2013, Masvidal was brought over to the UFC. He made his debut against Tim Means on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 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. 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. 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.
A bout with Bobby Green, first scheduled under the Strikeforce banner in 2012 before being scrapped, was expected to take place on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. However, on August 14, the UFC announced that Masvidal would now face James Krause.
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 four rounds. Masvidal has not competed in professional boxing since.
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. Masvidal has two daughters.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Absolute Fighting Championships
- AFC Welterweight championship (One time)
- 2002 NAGA Florida States: Third Place (Teen)
- 2003 NAGA Nationals Lightweight: Second Place
- 2003 FGA Southeast Challenge II Lightweight Champion
- 2004 NAGA Chicago Pro Am: Second Place
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|35 matches||27 wins||8 losses|
|Win||27–8||Daron Cruickshank||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown||July 26, 2014||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|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)||World Victory Road Presents: 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 One Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||17–3||Nick Agallar||TKO (punches)||Bellator 1||April 3, 2009||1||1:19||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Bellator Season One Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||16–3||Seung Hwan Bang||Decision (unanimous)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6||November 1, 2008||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||15–3||Ryan Schultz||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5||September 28, 2008||1||1:57||Tokyo, Japan||Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.|
|Loss||14–3||Rodrigo Damm||TKO (punch)||World Victory Road Presents: 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: Alvarez vs. Lee||July 14, 2007||2||2:59||Trenton, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–2||Steve Berger||Decision (unanimous)||BodogFIGHT: St. Petersburg||December 15, 2006||3||5:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||9–2||Keith Wisniewski||Decision (majority)||BodogFIGHT: To the Brink of War||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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- UFC Fighter Rankings
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- "Jorge Masvidal vs. Rustam Khabilov set for November's UFC Fight for the Troops 3". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
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