Jorge Masvidal

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Jorge Masvidal
Born (1984-11-12) November 12, 1984 (age 31)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other names Gamebred
Nationality American
Ethnicity Hispanic
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Division Lightweight (155 lb)
Welterweight (170 lb)
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
Style Boxing, Kickboxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Miami, Florida, United States
Team American Top Team
Freestyle Fighting Academy
Phuket Top Team
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 40
Wins 29
By knockout 11
By submission 2
By decision 16
Losses 11
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 8
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 August 17, 2015, Masvidal is #15 in the official UFC lightweight rankings.[4]


Born and raised in Miami, Florida, to a Cuban father and Peruvian mother, Masvidal was often involved in street fighting from a young age. There are recorded videos of his fights in YouTube defeating Kimbo Slice's protégé "Rey."[5] Masvidal later competed in wrestling at St. Brendan High School, but failed to stay eligible because of his grades, and then began training in mixed martial arts.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jorge won his kickboxing debut by unanimous decision on April 11, 2003, at a Fast and Fearless event. 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 garnered a 3-0 record in the now defunct BodogFIGHT promotion, including decision victories over Keith Wisniewski, Steve Berger and a head kick knockout of PRIDE Fighting Championships and UFC veteran Yves Edwards.


Masvidal was signed by Bellator and entered their Lightweight Tournament in April 2009.[7] 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.[8] Daley defeated Masvidal via unanimous decision. After this performance, Masvidal signed with Strikeforce.


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.[9] 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.[8]

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 instead face James Krause.[17] Masvidal won the fight via unanimous decision.

Masvidal was expected to face Norman Parke on January 18, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59.[18] However, Masvidal pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Gleison Tibau.[19]

Masvidal was briefly linked to a bout with Bobby Green on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[20] However, shortly after the fight was announced by the UFC, Green pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Benson Henderson.[21] In turn, Henderson was removed from the bout to serve as event headliner at UFC Fight Night 60.[22] Masvidal eventually faced Al Iaquinta at the event.[23] He lost the bout in a closely contested split decision.[24] 13 of 15 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Masvidal.[25]

Masvidal faced Cezar Ferreira in a welterweight bout on July 12, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.[26] He won the fight via knockout in the first round, also earning a Performance of the Night bonus.[27][28]

Masvidal was expected to face Dong Hyun Kim on November 28, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 79.[29] However, on November 14, it was announced that Masvidal would instead face Benson Henderson at the event after his scheduled opponent Thiago Alves pulled out of their fight.[30] Masvidal lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[31]

Masvidal faced Lorenz Larkin on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88.[32] He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[33]

Masvidal was expected to face Siyar Bahadurzada on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[34] However, Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout on July 12 citing an illness and was replaced by Ross Pearson.[35][36]


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 participated in two recorded Miami street fights that became popular on the internet, twice defeating Kimbo Slice's protégé "Ray".[37]

Masvidal walks around at 184 lb, when he is not training and 173 lb when training.[38]

Masvidal has a daughter and a son.[39]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

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
Loss 29–11 Lorenz Larkin Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt May 29, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 29–10 Benson Henderson Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal November 28, 2015 5 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Win 29–9 Cezar Ferreira KO (elbow and punches) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale July 12, 2015 1 4:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Welterweight. Performance of the Night.
Loss 28–9 Al Iaquinta Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas April 4, 2015 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 28–8 James Krause Decision (unanimous) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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 KJ 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
Loss 20–6 Paul Daley Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs Prangley September 11, 2010 3 5:00 Amarillo, Texas, United States Welterweight bout; Daley missed weight (172 lbs).
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 lbs) bout.
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 Tae Hyun Bang Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 November 1, 2008 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix reserve bout.
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 Lightweight debut.
Win 14–2 Ryan Healy Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: At The Dome February 23, 2008 3 5:00 Tacoma, Washington, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
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 Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
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 San José, Costa Rica
Win 8–2 Nuri Shakir Decision (unanimous) AFC 17 June 24, 2006 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Won the vacant AFC Welterweight Championship.[41]
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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  13. ^ Staff. "UFC Fight Night 31 bonuses: Kennedy, Chiesa, Khabilov, Masvidal win $50,000". Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
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  32. ^ Mike Bohn and Matt Erickson (2016-03-19). "UFC Fight Night 88 gets 8 new fights". Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  33. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-05-29). "UFC Fight Night 88 results: Lorenz Larkin outstrikes Jorge Masvidal for split decision". Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  34. ^ Marc Raimondi (2016-06-16). "Jorge Masvidal replaces Claudio Silva, faces Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  35. ^ Staff (2016-07-12). "Illness forces Siyar Bahadurzada out of UFC 201, UFC seeks opponent for Jorge Masvidal". Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  36. ^ Brett Okamoto (2016-07-13). "Ross Pearson agrees to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201". Retrieved 2016-07-13. 
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