Fighter Profile: Jorge Masvidal

UFC fight night picks; Jorge Masvidal wants to teach Leon Edwards a lesson  - Sports Illustrated
Masvidal before his title fight with Kamaru Usman Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports

Jorge Masvidal is one of the most inspiring stories in MMA. He started fighting in the streets in Miami, with nights that he slept in his car not being able to afford to eat, and then ended up being one of the biggest stars in the biggest promotion in the sport. Because of Masvidal’s success he is now running his own MMA promotion. Quite the rags to riches story that makes America great.

Masvidal was born on November 12, 1984 in Miami where he still resides to this day. Masvidal was born to Cuban and peruvian parents. His father escaped Communist Cuba via a homemade raft. Thus Masvidal takes a very anti-communist and anti-socalism stance to this day. His father would end up doing time for drug trafficking and manslaughter. Masvidal had a rough childhood often involving him getting into fights and this led to him getting a name for himself in street fights in Miami including beating one of Kimbo Slice’s protégés. Masvidal also wrestled in High School but was not able to compete due to issues with his grades this led Masvidal to end up training martial arts first karate then MMA.

Masvidal made his MMA debut in 2003 against Brandon Bledsoe back when the sport was only 10 years old. Masvidal would win by Knockout. He’d win his next four fights before taking his first loss in the sport. He’d fight for various promotions compiling a record of 16-3 before he fought in Bellator, a new promotion which he was on the first card for that promotion where he fought Nick Agallar and won via TKO(punches.) He’d fight twice more for Bellator compiling a 2-1 record at the promotion. From their Masvidal would fight in various promotions before landing at Strikeforce, his final stop before the UFC.

Masvidal made his debut against Tim Means in April of 2013, at UFC on Fox 7. He’d win via Unanimous decision. He’d then face Michael Chiesa and would win via Submission (brabo choke.) He’d then face Rustam Khabilov and would lose the fight via Unanimous decision. He’d make it to the top and then hit major roadblocks with a couple multiple loss skids but he’d pull it together before getting to one of the most interesting fights of his career against Nate Diaz for the ‘BMF’ title. Masvidal would win via TKO (doctor stoppage) due to Diaz’s immense amount of bleeding. The newly minted BMF would then face Kamaru Usman in back to back title fights losing to the second best Welterweight Champion of all time. Diaz was supposed to face Leon Edwards at UFC 269 but Unfortunately was unable to fight due to injury. 

It is not known who Masvidal will face next, but there are rumors of him facing his former best friend, roommate, and training partner Colby Covington. I think fans would love to see this matchup.

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