Jorge Masvidal is set to return to the eight walls of death against Leon Edwards at UFC 269 on December 11, in an attempt to get his career back on track after a painful year of defeat. The Floridian fighter will be hoping to banish the memory of his brutal knockout at the hands of welterweight king Kamaru Usman back at UFC 261.
A proud Maimi native of Cuban and Peruvian heritage, Masvidal spent a number of years on the cusp of the MMA, eventually showing the UFC franchise what he was capable of. “Gamebred” possesses a technical striking game with a phenomenal takedown defence that has elevated him into the upper echelons of the sport.
Masvidal will be eyeing up a return to the win column after Karmaru Usman strung together back-to-back wins against the American native and Leon Edwards is what stands in his way. Ahead of Masvidal’s blockbuster clash, Sink Or Swim Sports takes a look at Jorge Masvidal’s UFC record, key stats and his biggest accomplishments.
Jorge Masvidal Stats
Name: Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal
Jorge Masvidal Age: 36
Jorge Masvidal Height: 5’9ft
Jorge Masvidal Reach: 74 inches
Jorge Masvidal Weight Class: 170lbs
Professional record: 35-15-0
Professional debut: 29/09/07
Jorge Masvidal Fight Record
- Beat Matt Lee KO/TKO – 29/09/07
- Beat Ryan Healy by Decision – 23/02/2008
- Beat Billy Evangelista by Decision – 05/03/2011
- Beat KJ Noons by Decision – 18/06/2011
- Lost by Decision to Gilbert Melendez – 17/12/2011
- Beat Justin Wilcox by Decision – 14/07/2012
- Beat Tim Means by Decision – 20/04/2013
- Beat Michael Chiesa by Submission – 27/07/2013
- Lost by Decision to Rustam Khabilov – 06/11/2013
- Beat Pat Healy by Decision – 19/04/2014
- Beat Daron Cruickshank by Decision 26/07/2014
- Beat James Krause by Decision – 27/08/2014
- Lost by Decision to Al laquinta – 04/04/2015
- Beat Cezar Ferreira by KO/TKO 12/07/2015
- Lost by Decision to Benson Henderson – 28/11/2015
- Lost by Decision to Lorenz Larkin – 29/05/2016
- Beat Ross Pearson by Decision – 30/07/2016
- Beat Jake Ellenberger by KO/TKO – 03/12/2016
- Beat Donald Cerrone by KO/TKO – 28/01/2017
- Lost by Decision to Demian Maia – 13/05/2017
- Lost by Decision to Stephen Thompson – 04/11/2017
- Beat Darren Till by KO/TKO – 16/03/2019
- Beat Ben Askren by KO/TKO – 06/07/2019
- Beat Nate Diaz by KO/TKO – 02/11-/2019
- Lost by Decision to Kamaru Usman – 11/07/2020
- Lost by KO/TKO to Kamaru Usman – 24/04/2021
Jorge Masvidal Biggest Fights
Jorge Masvidal vs. Michael Chiesa: UFC On Fox 8 – 27/07/2013
After winning under the UFC banner for the first time three months earlier, Masvidal ventured to Chiesa’s home state to lock horns with the recent Ultimate Fighter winner, who was riding a wave of momentum at 9-0 at the time after dispatching Anton Kuivanen five months earlier.
Chiesa came into the bout with a plethora of confidence, the unbeaten star rising fresh off a breakout turn on in the long-running reality TV competition. The Colorado-born brawler was coming off a second-round submission win earlier in the year against Anton Kuivanen and relished the chance at stepping up against the loquacious Masvidal.
Chiesa flew out of his corner throwing wild shots at Masvidal before eventually opting for a handful of takedowns, which the Floridian swept aside. Masvidal responded with a few combinations but looked reserved compared to the excited Chiesa.
The first round ended as Chiesa dropped “Gamebred” to the canvas as he peppered him with a flurry of shots looking the sharper out of the two. Chiesa relied heavily on his partisan home support as the crowd attempted to rally behind the hometown fighter.
But by the midway point of the middle stanza, “Maverick” began to tire and Masvidal started to find his striking rhythm, nullifying slowing takedown attempts and unloading big shots to Chiesa’s body to further sap his energy. Masvidal answered back as he showcased his own prowess on the canvas, forcing the challenger to his back, hammering him with ground pounds.
It was late in the second when the striking genius threw down the gauntlet, as he attacked with a D’Arce choke, patiently maintaining his position while methodically sinking the hold deeper and deeper. Masvidal is not known for his submission finishes, opting to trade on his feet, but with just a second remaining in the second round, Chiesa’s hand found its way through the submission to tap and extinguish the hopes of the crowd in Seattle.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Donald Cerrone: UFC on Fox 23 – 28/01/2017
Three and a half years after the emphatic Chiesa fight, Masvidal was five fights into a return to the fabled welterweight division. After dropping consecutive split decisions to Benson Henderson and Lorenz Larkin, the outspoken Miami-based fighter bounced back by outhustling Ross Pearson before stopping Jake Ellenberger, setting up a blockbuster battle with the veteran cowboy Donald Cerrone.
Cerrone had jumped up a weight division to hone his craft with the heavier fighters after failing in his bid to win the lightweight title at the close of 2015. The experienced gunslinger had put together an impressive 4-0 wins with four finishes in 2o16 to cement himself as one of the top contenders in the 170lbs division.
After knocking Matt Brown’s chin into orbit with a blistering leg kick at UFC 206 to secure victory, Cerrone quickly gathered himself to agree on a showdown with Masvidal six weeks later in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 23 in his old stomping grounds of Denver. “Cowboy” was eager to compete close to where he grew up and put himself in the thick of the title chase should he get his hand raised.
Cerrone started well, thriving on his partisan home crowd, but Masvidal seemed unbothered seemingly ignoring the deafening support for the Denver local. “Gamebred” dissected Cerrone within the first two minutes of the bout finding his range and reading his opponent’s timing swallowing the shots that Cerrone was firing at him.
Cerrone continued to work behind his jab, throwing a variety of leg kicks and combinations to keep the dangerous boxer at bay. But it was briefly after Cerrone found his feet so did Masvidal, finding a consistent home for his thunderous right hand. A two-piece combo landed clean and was followed by a kick to the body and another venomous right hand to put Cerrone on the defensive.
Another big body kick crashed home and then a textbook right hand toppled “Cowboy” onto the deck. Masvidal wasted no time with a myriad of follow up blows and it appeared the fight had been stopped as referee Herb Dean intervened and a wave of confusion spread throughout the crowd, but it was the horn echoing around the arena signifying the end of the first round.
Cerrone’s fans welcomed the end of the first over the finish but watched with anxiety after the ageing “Cowboy” exited his corner in the second on wobbly legs. The fight continued and so did the onslaught, as Masvidal pressed forward exercising his supremacy. Masvidal capitalised on Cerrone’s hands slowly lowering, flooring him with a looping right hand before unloading a salvo of punches that prompted Herb Dean to wave off the contest.
Masvidal had showcased that he had banked another vintage performance on the road and had vaulted himself into title contention. Unfortunately, the Floridian’s consistency continued after losing his next two fights and watched on by as a future opponent hustled past him in the welterweight hierarchy.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Darren Till: UFC Fight Night 147 – 16/03/2019
After a convincing mauling of Donald Cerrone, Masvidal again lost by decision to Demian Maia in a title eliminator at UFC 211. Shortly after losing to Stephen Thompson when he found himself on the wrong side of the cards six months later.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Darren Till had been building an impressive fight card dispatching Donald Cerrone nine months after Masvidal tussled with him and then followed up with a hometown victory against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson that propelled him into a championship fight against the durable Tyron Woodley at UFC 228.
Till ultimately shouldered a loss to Woodley, and Masvidal emerged from a year on the sidelines to lock horns in the main event of UFC’s annual March event in London, England.
The first shot of the fight Till threw put Masvidal on the canvas, sending the partisan crowd into scenes of ecstasy, but the American quickly worked his way back to his feet and re-engaged with a smile from ear-to-ear in the hope of provoking the Englishman.
The second came around and the pair continued a cat-and-mouse affair, with each fighter exchanging blows and receding backwards to defend. The duo continued the choreographed dance through the first three minutes, but just as the clock ticked past two minutes, “Gamebred” fired an eye-popping left hand that landed on Till’s chin sending him crumbling to the canvas.
Masvidal had cemented himself once more into the welterweight division and his transatlantic journey was another feather in his 170lbs cap. This was the night where Masvidal’s emergence as one of the biggest stars in the UFC really began, but it would explode in his very next fight.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Ben Askren: UFC 239 – 06/07/2019
Masvidal and Askren had spent the build-up to this fight trading barbs with one another every chance they got, and you can even see Masvidal harping on at Askren before the referee rang the first bell for the fight to begin. Masvidal continued to bounce off the cage with his hands behind his back wearing his famous impertinent smile while Askren stood a few metres from the centre of the ring preparing for a three-round war of attrition.
The referee shouted fight and Masvidal tore out his corner running at Askren firing a thundering flying knee. The Floridian’s knee connected with Askren’s chin and it was over. Funky was sprawled on the floor, unconscious, while Masvidal threw in two huge shots to make sure Askren was finished.
This was a perfect shot, and even though the official five-second fight time established a new record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, this blistering finish felt closer to three seconds. Another notch on Masvidal’s already growing belt catapulted him back into the upper echelons of the division and set him up for a monumental showdown in Madison Square Garden.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz: UFC 244 – 02/11-/2019
Masvidal was holding the chalice of success after the Askren fight and it had turned him into a household name. In a clash for the “BMF” title between two fighters who had barely missed a beat and possessed a wealth of experience, Masvidal turned to his main event showdown with UFC doyen Nate Diaz.
Nate Diaz had returned from a three-year hiatus earlier in the year, picking apart the respected Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 to demonstrate to the world he still is a top competitor. The Stockton-born veteran had little to offer against the slicker, quicker savvier Masvidal, who popped Masvidal inside the opening minute with a gash wound over his right eye that would become a factor later on in the fight.
Masvidal had already piled up the points, and after opening up Diaz’s face, he continued to snipe at the open wound and would slowly control the fight while showcasing some sublime MMA for the fans in New York.
As the fighters readied to resume the action between the third and fourth rounds, the ringside doctor entered the octagon to assess the extent of Nate’s nasty cut. He walked away talking to the referee and the fight was waved off. An anticlimatic end to a dominant display by Masvidal to claim the BMF title.
Masvidal’s next two brawls ended in heartbreak as welterweight king Kamaru Usman overpowered the Floridian and concluded their feud winning both contests. Not only did Usman clearly prevail victorious in both, but he was also the first man to ever finish Masvidal in the cage via TKO at UFC 261.
Jorge Masvidal Next Fight
Masvidal will next step into the cage at UFC 269 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 11 against the No.5 ranked Leon Edwards. The Brit is coming off a winning decision against Nate Diaz back at UFC 263 and will want to build on his 9 win streak record against Masvidal.
Meanwhile, Masvidal will be desperate to return to the win column after swallowing two defeats to Usman. Both welterweights have experienced defeat at the hands of Usman’s welterweight supremacy and will be desperate to banish the memory. The former two-time title contender hasn’t competed since April and is frustrated with his time away from the octagon.
Edwards comes into this showdown as the favourite in the UFC betting markets but Masvidal will be as dangerous as ever with redemption in mind. Sink Or Swim has an in-depth UFC betting guide to ramp up the thrill when watching the action unfold at UFC 269.
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