Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal is one of the most talked about mixed martial artist in the world today. He was born in Miami, Florida, United States on November 12, 1984.
As a professional MMA fighter, Masvidal competed in the U.S., Costa Rica, Russia, Japan, South Korea and England from 2003 to 2019. Get to know more about the Cuban-Peruvian MMA fighter with these 13 fun facts:
- His father Jorge Masvidal Sr. is Cuban.
- His mother, who she fondly calls Mama Dukes, is Peruvian.
- He stands 5’10”.
- He wrestled at St. Brendan High School in Miami.
- In 2003, he made his professional MMA debut in Absolute Fighting Championships (AFC).
- He is a former AFC Welterweight Champion.
- In submission grappling, he won the FGA Southeast Challenge II Lightweight Championship in 2003.
- In 2009, he fought three bouts in Bellator MMA.
- From 2007 to 2012, he fought six bouts in Strikeforce.
- In 2013, he joined the Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC).
- Before joining the UFC, he won an unsanctioned street fight against a significantly larger man named Ray, which was refereed by the late Kimbo Slice.
- On July 6, 2019, he knocked out former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren, 34, at 0:05 of Round 1 at “UFC 239,” which is currently the fastest knockout in UFC history.
- He and Iman Kawa have three children.