Jorge Masvidal

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Jorge Masvidal
Born(1984-11-12) November 12, 1984 (age 30)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other namesGamebred
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
DivisionLightweight (155 lb)
Welterweight (170 lb)
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofMiami, Florida, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team
Freestyle Fighting Academy
RankBlack belt in Freestyle Fighting System[2]
Years active2003-present (MMA)
Professional boxing record
Total1
Wins1
Losses0
Draws0
Kickboxing record
Total1
Wins1
Losses0
Draws0
Mixed martial arts record
Total36
Wins28
By knockout10
By submission2
By decision16
Losses8
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision5
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Jorge Masvidal
Born(1984-11-12) November 12, 1984 (age 30)
Miami, Florida, United States
Other namesGamebred
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
DivisionLightweight (155 lb)
Welterweight (170 lb)
Reach74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofMiami, Florida, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team
Freestyle Fighting Academy
RankBlack belt in Freestyle Fighting System[2]
Years active2003-present (MMA)
Professional boxing record
Total1
Wins1
Losses0
Draws0
Kickboxing record
Total1
Wins1
Losses0
Draws0
Mixed martial arts record
Total36
Wins28
By knockout10
By submission2
By decision16
Losses8
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision5
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 September 29, 2014, Masvidal is #13 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 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.

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] Daley defeated Masvidal via unanimous decision. After this performance, Masvidal signed with 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 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]

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 participated in two recorded Miami street fights that became popular on the internet, twice defeating Kimbo Slice's protégé "Ray".[20]

Masvidal has two daughters.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Submission Grappling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win28–8James KrauseDecision (unanimous)UFC 178September 27, 201435:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win27–8Daron CruickshankDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. BrownJuly 26, 201435:00San Jose, California, United States
Win26–8Pat HealyDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. BrowneApril 19, 201435:00Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss25–8Rustam KhabilovDecision (unanimous)UFC: Fight for the Troops 3November 6, 201335:00Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win25–7Michael ChiesaSubmission (D'Arce choke)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. MoragaJuly 27, 201324:59Seattle, Washington, United States
Win24–7Tim MeansDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. MelendezApril 20, 201335:00San Jose, California, United States
Win23–7Justin WilcoxDecision (split)Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. KennedyJuly 14, 201235:00Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss22–7Gilbert MelendezDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: Melendez vs. MasvidalDecember 17, 201155:00San Diego, California, United StatesFor the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.
Win22–6KJ NoonsDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: Overeem vs. WerdumJune 18, 201135:00Dallas, Texas, United StatesStrikeforce Lightweight title eliminator.
Win21–6Billy EvangelistaDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: Feijao vs. HendersonMarch 5, 201135:00Columbus, Ohio, United StatesReturn to Lightweight.
Loss20–6Paul DaleyDecision (unanimous)Shark Fights 13September 11, 201035:00Amarillo, Texas, United StatesCatchweight (171.75) bout.
Win20–5Naoyuki KotaniDecision (split)ASTRAApril 25, 201035:00Tokyo, Japan
Loss19–5Luis PalominoDecision (split)G-Force Fights 3April 2, 201035:00Miami, Florida, United States
Win19–4Satoru KitaokaKO (punches)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11November 7, 200923:03Tokyo, Japan
Win18–4Eric ReynoldsSubmission (rear-naked choke)Bellator 12June 19, 200933:33Hollywood, Florida, United StatesCatchweight (160 lb).
Loss17–4Toby ImadaTechnical Submission (inverted triangle choke)Bellator 5May 1, 200933:22Dayton, Ohio, United StatesBellator Season One Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win17–3Nick AgallarTKO (punches)Bellator 1April 3, 200911:19Hollywood, Florida, United StatesBellator Season One Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win16–3Seung Hwan BangDecision (unanimous)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6November 1, 200835:00Saitama, JapanSengoku Lightweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.
Win15–3Ryan SchultzTKO (punches)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5September 28, 200811:57Tokyo, JapanSengoku Lightweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.
Loss14–3Rodrigo DammTKO (punch)World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3June 8, 200824:38Saitama, Japan
Win14–2Ryan HealyDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: At The DomeFebruary 23, 200835:00Tacoma, Washington, United StatesCatchweight (160 lb).
Win13–2Brant RoseTKO (punches)CHFDecember 11, 200710:56Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win12–2Matt LeeTKO (elbows & punches)Strikeforce: Playboy MansionSeptember 29, 200711:33Beverly Hills, California, United StatesCatchweight (160 lb).
Win11–2Yves EdwardsKO (head kick)BodogFIGHT: Alvarez vs. LeeJuly 14, 200722:59Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Win10–2Steve BergerDecision (unanimous)BodogFIGHT: St. PetersburgDecember 15, 200635:00St. Petersburg, RussiaWelterweight bout.
Win9–2Keith WisniewskiDecision (majority)BodogFIGHT: To the Brink of WarAugust 22, 200635:00San José, Costa RicaWelterweight bout.
Win8–2Nuri ShakirDecision (unanimous)AFC 17June 24, 200635:00Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United StatesWon AFC Welterweight Championship.
Win7–2David GardnerTKO (punches)AFC 15February 18, 200620:14Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United StatesWelterweight bout.
Loss6–2Paul RodriguezSubmission (rear-naked choke)AFC 13July 30, 200512:27Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win6–1Joe LauzonTKO (punches)AFC 12April 30, 200523:57Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss5–1Raphael AssunçãoDecision (unanimous)Full ThrottleApril 21, 200535:00Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win5–0Justin WisniewskiDecision (majority)AFC 8May 1, 200425:00Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win4–0Julian OrtegaDecision (unanimous)AFC 6December 3, 200325:00Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win3–0Rolando DelgadoTKO (punches)AFC 5September 5, 200322:14Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win2–0Brian GeraghtyDecision (unanimous)AFC 4July 19, 200325:00Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win1–0Brandon BledsoeKO (punches)AFC 3May 24, 200313:55Fort 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. 
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  17. ^ "UFC 178 adds Donald Cerrone-Bobby Green, James Krause-Jorge Masvidal". MMAjunkie.com. August 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ Staff (2014-10-29). "Jorge Masvidal-Norman Parke added to UFC Fight Night 59". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-10-29. 
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  20. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AByILVLKC84&feature=related
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