Every month, Conan Daily will pay tribute to the present generation’s best representative of beauty and masculinity in the world. First, we present a short biography about the man, then we enumerate 13 interesting things about him.
For January 2020, our Calendar Man is Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal Jr., 35, of Miami, Florida, United States. He is the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fighter of the Year in 2019.
Masvidal was born in Miami on November 12, 1984 to a Cuban father and an Peruvian mother. He stands 5’10”.
Training out of American Top Team, Masvidal competes in the welterweight division of the UFC. Here are 13 fun facts about the Cuban-Peruvian-American mixed martial artist:
- He wrestled at St. Brendan High School in Miami.
- In 2003, he made his professional MMA debut in Absolute Fighting Championships (AFC) and he is a former AFC Welterweight Champion.
- He was once put in jail when he was a teenager and he spent 18 years visiting in jail his father, who was incarcerated for drugs.
- 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.
- On November 2, 2019, he earned the inaugural Baddest Motherf****r (BMF) belt by knocking out Nate Diaz, 34, of Stockton, California, USA at “UFC 244” at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, USA.
- He has a son and two daughters with chef and businesswoman Iman Kawa, 32.
- Eric “El Tigre” Castanos helped him get his start in boxing.
- He has 1 win and 0 loss as a professional boxer and 1 win and 0 loss as a professional kickboxer.
Here is an interview with Masvidal and his father: