Jorge Masvidal is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Born in Florida, Masvidal is of Cuban and Peruvian heritage and attended St. Brendan High School where he participated in sports until losing eligibility due to poor grades.
Masvidal made his mixed martial arts debut in 2003 at HOOKnSHOOT: Absolute Fighting Championships 3 and emerged victorious. He faced several opponents such as Joe Lauzon, Keith Wisniewski, Steve Berger, and Yves Edwards in the early stages of his career. In 2009, Masvidal signed a contract with Bellator and competed in the lightweight division, winning his first match via technical knockout.
Although he was defeated by Toby Imada in the semifinals, Masvidal bounced back and won his first UFC victory against Tim Means in 2013 by unanimous decision. Notably, Masvidal holds the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, taking down Ben Askren in less than five seconds.
Inside Jorge Masvidal Net Worth
Jorge Masvidal, the American mixed martial artist, has an estimated net worth of $6 million as of March 2023. Masvidal signed a new deal with the UFC just days before his highly anticipated bout with Colby Covington in March 2022. In 2019, Masvidal earned $500,000 from his fight with Kamaru Usman at UFC 251, in addition to an undisclosed amount from pay-per-view sales.
Aside from his career in the UFC, Masvidal also launched his own brand of mezcal called “El Recuerdo de Oaxaca Joven” in 2020. He has also ventured into promoting bare-knuckle mixed martial arts by founding the Gamebred Fighting Championship, which premiered on pay-per-view in June 2021 in Biloxi, Mississippi. In January 2022, Masvidal introduced iKON UFC, a unique MMA competition featuring both established UFC fighters and rising contenders, which was aired on UFC Fight Pass.
Jorge Masvidal Early Life
Jorge Masvidal was born on November 12, 1984, in Miami, Florida to a Cuban father and a Peruvian mother. Growing up in a rough neighborhood where street fights were frequent, Masvidal faced significant challenges from a young age. His father’s imprisonment for manslaughter and drug trafficking further added to the adversity he faced during his childhood.
While attending St. Brendan High School, Masvidal struggled with poor grades and eventually lost his eligibility to continue wrestling. However, he channeled his energy into karate and mixed martial arts, which ultimately led to his success in the world of combat sports. Masvidal’s experiences growing up undoubtedly contributed to his fighting spirit and perseverance, which have been instrumental in his rise to fame as an MMA fighter.