Jorge Masvidal was born on November 12, 1984. He 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.
He owns the record for fastest knockout in UFC history, at 5 seconds, occurring in his match against the previously undefeated Ben Askren at UFC 239 via flying knee. As of July 8, 2019, he is #3 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Masvidal was born and raised in Miami, to a Cuban father and Peruvian mother. According to Masvidal, his father defected from Cuba as a youngster with a self-made raft, ending up at Virgin Islands.
Masvidal’s father has also served over two decades in prison for manslaughter and drug trafficking.
Masvidal 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 Bodog FIGHT promotion, including decision victories over Keith Wisniewski, Steve Berger and a head kick knockout of PRIDE Fighting Championships and UFC veteran Yves Edwards.
Masvidal’s professional boxing debut took place on June 8, 2005. After training under Eric “El Tigre” Castaño, 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.
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