Jorge Masvidal is an American mixed martial artist who currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He became a professional fighter in 2003 and has competed in other promotions such as Bellator, Strikeforce, Shark Fights, and World Victory Road. The welterweight beast, who is also known by his nickname of “Gamebred” holds the record of the fastest ever knockout in UFC history at just 5 seconds. As of the rankings released in July, 2020, Jorge Masvidal was the fourth ranked welterweight fighter in the world. Jorge Masvidal’s life has been a fantastic rags to riches to story. He started by fighting on the streets in Kimbo Slice’s backyard and has now gone on to fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, the Mecca of sports arenas in the world. Let’s find out more about the incredible life and career of Jorge Masvidal.
Jorge Masvidal: All You Need to Know
When was Jorge Masvidal born?
Jorge Masvidal was born on November 12th, 1984 in Miami, Florida, USA. Jorge Masvidal’s father is Cuban and his mother his Peruvian. As per Jorge Masvidal, his father escaped the communist regime in Cuba on a self-made raft when he was very young. He arrived on the shores of the US Virgin Islands before finding his way into Miami. As it was the case of a lot of Cubans who migrated to the USA in the 80s, Masvidal’s father was also involved in the world of crime. He was convicted of manslaughter and drug trafficking and sentenced to 20 years in jail.
How was Jorge Masvidal’s childhood?
Jorge Masvidal had a violent upbringing and he was frequently involved in street fights from a very young age. YouTube has videos of him defeating “Ray”, a protege of legendary street fighter Kimbo Slice. Jorge Masvidal was also a part of the St. Brendan High School wrestling team. However, his grades were terrible and he lost eligibility for the team. After losing his wrestling team spot, Jorge Masvidal started training in Karate and Mixed Martial Arts.
Jorge Masvidal: Early Fighting Career
The legend of Jorge Masvidal reached its culmination as he headlined one of the highest-selling UFC PPV events in recent history on just six days‘ notice. The MMA journey of the Gamebred started from a fight promotion organization, HOOKnSHOOT. After fighting in AFC and Bodog, Masvidal would finally make his debut in Strike Force, which was one of the most prestigious fight promotions. Eventually, Masvidal made his UFC debut in 2013.
What are some of Jorge Masvidal’s MMA achievements?
Jorge Masvidal has squared off against some of the most well-known fighters in UFC, such as Kamaru Usman, Nate Diaz, Ben Askren, Demian Maia, Donald Cerrone, and Stephen Thompson. Masvidal is also the holder of the record for the fastest knockout win in the history of the UFC. He achieved that feat by knocking out Ben Askren with a flying knee to the head in UFC 239. Jorge Masvidal is also the first BMF champion in the UFC. He earned the title by defeating Nate Diaz via TKO in the third round at UFC 244.
Unfortunately, Masvidal hasn’t won any championship with the UFC. He has a win-loss record of 35-13 and 16 of his wins have come via TKO. He also has two wins via submission.
What is Jorge Masvidal’s net worth?
Since his incredible win against Ben Askren, Jorge Masvidal has become incredibly popular and he has milked that popularity to earn a lot of money. His fight with Nate Diaz alone, helped him earn $1 million. Even when he lost to Kamaru Usman, he earned a solid $280,000 at UFC 251.
As of 2020,, Jorge Masvidal’s net worth is between one and five million dollars. Apart from his purse from his UFC income, Masvidal also has tie-ups with some huge companies such as Reebok and Metro PCS and earns a lot of money through endorsements.
Jorge Masvidal: Best Quotes
“My mom would get up every day at 4 A.M. and worked two jobs. I always felt I was the poorest kid on the block. I had a chip on my shoulder about being broke.”
“This is a sport of a lot of knowledge, of knowing yourself well, knowing your soul and your spirit, your abilities both physically and mentally.”
“Back in the day, you used to fight three or four fights in one night with no dodging nobody, and that’s what the sport got built on.”
“I never care about my opponents, especially now – I care about ‘Gamebred’ and ‘Gamebred’ is only going for the off button.”
“Over everything, over friendships or anything, is my kids – and obviously fighting for that belt is my kids’ future. It doesn’t sound too nice, but if my mom had the belt, she better give it up because my kids gotta eat. If I’m willing to fight my mom, imagine a good friend.”
Jorge Masvidal: Personal Life
UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal is no less than a global mega-star at this point since he is already regarded as one of the biggest A-listers in the promotion and has accrued a massive fanbase all across the globe. However, Jorge Masvidal’s surreal rise to prominence has taken place within just two years of him bursting onto the scene. Although Jorge Masvidal, 35, is a true veteran of the sport and has been competing in the UFC since 2013, “Gamebred” made himself one of the biggest superstars in 2019 by unleashing three sensational knockout victories in succession. However, a lot about Jorge Masvidal’s personal life is still unknown to his fans.
Is Jorge Masvidal married? Who is Iman Kawa?
Even though Jorge Masvidal is famous for his flamboyant personality, he is very reserved with his personal life. Masvidal has refrained from talking a lot about his family or go into detail regarding his personal life. According to media reports, his ex-partner and the mother of his three children, Iman Kawa was born on June 19, 1998, in Florida. The duo is believed to have split up a couple of years back.
How many children do Jorge Masvidal and Iman Kawa have?
Iman Kawa and Jorge Masvidal have three children together, two daughters and a son (the names haven’t been disclosed).
Why did Jorge Masvidal breakup with his long term partner Iman Kawa?
Iman Kawa and Jorge Masvidal parted ways after a ten year relationship. The breakup was caused by the relentless infidelity of Jorge Masvidal. Throughout the time Jorge Masvidal was dating Iman Kawa, he kept going behind her back with numerous other women. Jorge Masvidal casually dated various models in the past behind Iman Kawa’s back. Due to his incredible popularity and philandering ways, Masvidal and Kawa developed irreconcilable differences.