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, United States
Team American Top Team
Freestyle Fighting Academy
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 35
Wins 27
By knockout 10
By submission 2
By decision 15
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 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.[3] As of May 26, 2014, Masvidal is #14 in official UFC Lightweight rankings.[4]

Background[edit]

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.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[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 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.

Bellator[edit]

Masvidal was signed by Bellator and entered their Lightweight Tournament in April 2009.[6] 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.

Post-Bellator[edit]

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.[7] 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 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.[8] 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.

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.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Masvidal fought longtime veteran Pat Healy at UFC on Fox 11.[14] He out-struck the veteran to a unanimous decision win.

Masvidal faced Daron Cruickshank on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12.[15] After being dropped by a punch in the first round, Masvidal recovered to win a unanimous decision victory.

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.[16] However, on August 14, the UFC announced that Masvidal would now face James Krause.[17]

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 four rounds. Masvidal has not competed in professional 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.[18] Masvidal has two daughters.[19]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Absolute Fighting Championships
    • AFC Welterweight championship (One time)[20]

Submission Grappling[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Werdum vs. Browne". UFC.com. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://marcosavellan.com/marcos-avellan-biography/
  3. ^ http://www.mmamania.com/2012/3/15/2873593/jorge-masvidal-looking-to-get-back-in-the-cage-wants-a-rematch-with Jorge Masvidal on Gilbert Melendez rematch: 'I been robbed more than your local 7-11'
  4. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  5. ^ http://fightland.vice.com/blog/jorge-masvidals-miami
  6. ^ "Jorge Masvidal signs with the Bellator Fighting Championships". Five Ounces of Pain. 
  7. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/jorge-masvidal-gamebred
  8. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/25634/strikeforce-melendez-vs-masvidal-official-for-dec-17-in-san-diego.mma
  9. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/jorge-masvidal-gamebred
  10. ^ "UFC on FOX 7 adds Masvidal-Means". mmajunkie.com. February 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Reza Madadi out of UFC on FOX 8, Jorge Masvidal now meets Michael Chiesa". mmajunkie.com. 2013-05-14. 
  12. ^ "Jorge Masvidal vs. Rustam Khabilov set for November's UFC Fight for the Troops 3". MMAjunkie.com. 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  13. ^ Staff. "UFC Fight Night 31 bonuses: Kennedy, Chiesa, Khabilov, Masvidal win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  14. ^ UFC News (2014-02-04). "#UFCFightNight in Orlando bout update! @bambamhealy vs @GamebredFighter and @BradTavares vs @YoelRomeroMMA. Tix on sale next Friday.". UFC. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  15. ^ Mike Chiapetta (2014-05-22). "Jorge Masvidal vs. Daron Cruickshank added to UFC on FOX San Jose". msn.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  16. ^ Tom Ngo (2013-07-29). "Bobby Green battles Jorge Masvidal at UFC 178". 5thround.com. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  17. ^ "UFC 178 adds Donald Cerrone-Bobby Green, James Krause-Jorge Masvidal". MMAjunkie.com. August 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AByILVLKC84&feature=related
  19. ^ http://fightland.vice.com/blog/jorge-masvidals-miami
  20. ^ http://www.mmalinker.com/wiki/index.php/Jorge_Masvidal

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