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Jorge Masvidal (born November 12, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Welterweight division. A professional since 2003, he has also competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, Shark Fights, and World Victory Road. As of March 4, 2019, he is #11 in the official UFC welterweight rankings. Masvidal was born and raised in Miami, Florida, to a Cuban father and Peruvian mother. He was often involved in street fighting from a young age. There are recorded videos of his fights on YouTube defeating Kimbo Slice's protégé "Ray." 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.
(1984-11-12) November 12, 1984 (age 34)
Miami, Florida, United States
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
Freestyle Fighting Academy
Phuket Top Team
|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 Welterweight division. A professional since 2003, he has also competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, Shark Fights, and World Victory Road. As of March 4, 2019, he is #11 in the official UFC welterweight rankings.
Masvidal was born and raised in Miami, Florida, to a Cuban father and Peruvian mother. He was often involved in street fighting from a young age. There are recorded videos of his fights on YouTube defeating Kimbo Slice's protégé "Ray." 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.
Jorge won his kickboxing debut by unanimous decision on April 11, 2003, at Fast and Fearless event. Masvidal's most high-profile victory came in the main event of the Absolute Fighting Championships XII 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. 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. Daley defeated Masvidal via unanimous decision. After this performance, Masvidal signed with 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.
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 instead face James Krause. Masvidal won the fight via unanimous decision.
Masvidal was briefly linked to a bout with Bobby Green on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63. 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. In turn, Henderson was removed from the bout to serve as event headliner at UFC Fight Night 60. Masvidal eventually faced Al Iaquinta at the event. He lost the bout in a closely contested split decision. 13 of 15 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Masvidal.
Masvidal faced Cezar Ferreira in a welterweight bout on July 12, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale. He won the fight via knockout in the first round, also earning a Performance of the Night bonus.
Masvidal was expected to face Dong Hyun Kim on November 28, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 79. 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. Masvidal lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.
Masvidal was expected to face Siyar Bahadurzada on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201. However, Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout on July 12 citing an illness and was replaced by Ross Pearson. He won the fight via decision.
Masvidal was briefly linked to a bout with Kelvin Gastelum on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale. However, on September 14, Gastelum was removed in favor of a fight against former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone at UFC 205, one week later. Subsequently, Masvidal was removed from the card entirely and instead faced Jake Ellenberger the following month at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. He went on to defeat Ellenberger in the first round via TKO. It was ruled a TKO after Ellenberger's toe was caught in the fence and the referee called a stop to the action resulting in the end of the fight.
Masvidal faced Donald Cerrone on January 28, 2017 at UFC on Fox 23. He dropped Cerrone and nearly finished the fight in the last seconds of the first round, and eventually won the fight via TKO in the second round after scoring another knockdown. The win also earned Masvidal his second Performance of the Night bonus.
Masvidal faced Darren Till on March 16, 2019 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 147. He won the fight via knockout in the second round. The win also earned Masvidal his second Fight of the Night and second Performance of the Night bonus awards.
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 has two daughters and a son with his ex-girlfriend, who he was with for well over ten years. His son is two years old, and his daughters are 9 and 15.
|Professional record breakdown|
|46 matches||33 wins||13 losses|
|Win||33–13||Darren Till||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal||March 16, 2019||2||3:05||London, England||Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||32–13||Stephen Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 217||November 4, 2017||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States|
|Loss||32–12||Demian Maia||Decision (split)||UFC 211||May 13, 2017||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||32–11||Donald Cerrone||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña||January 28, 2017||2||1:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||31–11||Jake Ellenberger||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale||December 3, 2016||1||4:05||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||30–11||Ross Pearson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 201||July 30, 2016||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|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|
|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)||Crazy Horse Fights||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||Return to Lightweight.|
|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.|
|Win||7–2||David Gardner||TKO (punches)||AFC 15||February 18, 2006||2||0:14||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States||Return to Welterweight.|
|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 1||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||Lightweight debut.|
|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|
|Professional record summary|
|1 fight||1 win||0 losses|
|1||Win||1–0||Decision (Majority)||4 (4), 3:00||June 28, 2005|