Jorge Masvidal (born November 12, 1984) is a world-class professional fighter from the United States. He is now a Welterweight competitor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Masvidal has participated in Bellator and Shark Fights, World Victory Road, amongst many others, since 2003. He holds the record for the highest knockout in UFC history, at a time of 5 seconds. He is currently ranked #8 in the UFC welterweight ratings 2022.
Early life of Jorge Masvidal
Masvidal grew up in Miami, the son of a Cuban father and a Peruvian mother. Masvidal claims that his father fled Cuba on a homemade raft when he was a child and ended up inside the Virgin Islands. Masvidal’s father was eventually convicted of manslaughter & drug trafficking and sentenced to more than twenty years in jail.
Masvidal has been active in street fighting since he was a child. There are videos of him fighting Kimbo Slice’s protégé “Ray” on YouTube. Masvidal wrestled at St. Brendan High School, but he was ineligible to continue due to his grades. He subsequently began karate & mixed martial arts training.
Jorge Masvidal height
Dana White ended Jorge Masvidal’s ambition to fight with Conor McGregor in 2019. The UFC president noted the significant size disparity between the two as a stumbling block in putting the fan-favorite clash to fulfillment.
In contrast to popular belief, Jorge Masvidal only has a two-inch height advantage over Conor McGregor. He reaches a height of 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm). Meanwhile, according to UFC’s official records, the Irishman stands 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) tall. These figures should be regarded cautiously, as on-paper estimates aren’t always accurate in estimating the genuine height difference.
Furthermore, while Masvidal has a slight height advantage, both boxers have a similar 74-inch range. McGregor has a +5.0 Ape Index, which now has allowed him to fight toe-to-toe with taller competitors such as Nate Diaz (6ft), Khabib Nurmagomedov (5ft 10in), & Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in the past (6ft).
Masvidal is married to Iman Kawa, a Jordanian American entrepreneur & purchasing specialist who has been the sister of MMA agent Malki Kawa. They have three children (two daughters and a son). Masvidal & Kawa were married for around ten years before divorcing in 2019.
Weight class of Jorge Masvidal
It’s also worth noting that Conor McGregor has fought twice in Jorge Masvidal’s existing weight class, the welterweight division, and won both times (170lbs). The idea that the Miami native is “too big” for such an Irishman is further weakened. Conor McGregor has yet to comment on Jorge Masvidal’s taunts. After his spectacular five-second KO over Ben Askren in 2019, Jorge Masvidal aimed at Conor McGregor for the first time 2019.
He started a spat with the former UFC 2 different champions, ridiculing him for his tiny stature. He aggressively chastised the megastar for turning down fight offers at UFC 244. Conor McGregor appears to have taken exception to Jorge Masvidal & Dana White’s comments that the ‘BMF’ was too big for him. McGregor appeared to be angered by the statements, according to White, who stated this at a news conference.
Masvidal made his mixed martial arts debut on May 24, 2003, at HOOKnSHOOT: Absolute Fighting Championships 3, where he won by knockout. He battled Joe Lauzon, a current UFC contender and The Ultimate Fighter 5 contestant, in the main show at the Absolute Fighting Championships XII event on April 30. Masvidal took the second round by technical knockout. Bellator signed Masvidal, and he competed in their lightweight competition in April 2009.
Masvidal won his debut fight by first-round TKO. In the semifinal of Bellator 5, he was eliminated by Toby Imada, who won through inverted triangle choke defeat in the third round. Sherdog and MMA Junkie both named this upset defeat Submission of the Year.
Masvidal partnered with Recuerdo Mezcal to launch El Recuerdo de Oaxaca Joven, a mezcal brand, in 2020. Masvidal declared the launch of the Gamebird Fighting Championship, a bare-knuckle MMA organization, in April 2021. On June 18, 2021, the promotion conducted its first pay-per-view event in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Masvidal created iKON FC, an MMA promotion that would include both UFC veterans & up-and-coming fighters, in January 2022. On January 21, 2022, the promotion’s first tournament aired on UFC Fight Pass.
Masvidal was arrested and held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
Masvidal was accused of assaulting UFC competitor Colby Covington on March 22, 2022, after losing to him at UFC 272 just a few weeks before. Masvidal allegedly approached Covington as he was leaving the restaurant and attacked him twice, breaking one of Covington’s teeth & causing a laceration on his wrist.
Masvidal was charged with aggravated violence causing grievous bodily harm and the first count of criminal trespass a day after the event. Masvidal was arrested and held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami County on a $15,000 bond before being released. Masvidal has did not press charges against the allegations, and his arraignment is set for April 21, 2022.
Jorge Masvidal is the father of three kids from his previous relationship with Iman Kawa. Jorge Masvidal, a very private athlete in terms of his personal life, has not revealed much about his wife or kids in the many appearances he has given as a UFC star.