Jorge Masvidal helps Tyron Woodley train ahead of Colby Covington bout
If Tyron Woodley beats Colby Covington in their UFC Fight Night main event on Sept. 19, Jorge Masvidal will find more than a little satisfaction in the outcome.
Turns out Masvidal has been helping Woodley train in St. Louis for three weeks in advance of the welterweight bout.
"Masvidal hit me up," Woodley told ESPN's Ariel Helwani. "I started training with him, and he had such a good time, he said, 'You know what? I'm going home for a day or two, and I'm coming back out.' He came back out."
Masvidal, Woodley and Covington were all teammates at the American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, Florida, where Masvidal still trains. Woodley opened his own gym, ATT Evolution, in St. Louis, and Covington left ATT earlier this year after publicly feuding -- in violation of gym rules --- with several teammates, especially Masvidal.
"I trained with Jorge for five years straight," Woodley said. "When I first joined ATT and he was at ATT, we trained, hell on wheels. ...
"I've always been American Top Team, and I've always supported Jorge. If you go back two, three years, you'll see me giving Jorge credit and being happy for him, genuinely that he's finally making the money."
Masvidal enjoyed a breakout year in 2019 and fought for the welterweight title on July 11, when he lost a unanimous decision to Kamaru Usman after taking the fight on six days' notice. Masvidal is expected to defend his BMF belt against Nate Diaz next.
"So when he reached out, I said, 'Hell yeah, let's get him in,'" Woodley said. "He's holding me accountable -- 'Can't do that; tonight we're doing this, how much you weigh?' We've had a long career because of our IQ and because we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations in training so that we can thrive in the Octagon. And I want to see him do well. I want to see him continue to make the money, do what he wants to do. And he wants to see me back on top."
Woodley said Masvidal also has helped him with personal matters.
"He hit me up personally about a year and a half ago and told me there were some toxic things in my life that I needed to erase, and I've erased those things," Woodley said. "Now I can breathe. Now I can float. Now I'm back, and it feels good, and I have to thank him for that."
American MMA fighter
Jorge Masvidal (born November 12, 1984) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Masvidal has been competing professionally since 2003; he has also competed for Bellator, Strikeforce, Shark Fights, and World Victory Road. He holds the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, at 5 seconds and he holds the UFC 'BMF' Championship belt. As of August 9, 2021, he is #6 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Early life and education
Masvidal was born and raised in Miami, to a Cuban father and Peruvian mother. According to Masvidal, his father left Cuba in a self-made raft when he was young, ending up in the Virgin Islands. Masvidal's father was later imprisoned for more than twenty years for manslaughter and drug trafficking. Masvidal was often involved in street fighting from a young age. There are videos on YouTube of his fights defeating Kimbo Slice's protégé "Ray." Masvidal competed in wrestling at St. Brendan High School, but failed to stay eligible because of his grades. He then began training in karate and mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Masvidal won his mixed martial arts debut by knockout on May 24, 2003, at HOOKnSHOOT: Absolute Fighting Championships 3. He fought in the main event of the Absolute Fighting Championships XII event held on April 30, against current UFC competitor and The Ultimate Fighter 5 contestant Joe Lauzon. Masvidal won via technical knockout in the second round.
Masvidal garnered a 3–0 record in the now-defunct BodogFIGHT promotion, including decision victories over Keith Wisniewski, Steve Berger, and a head-kick knockout of PRIDE Fighting Championships and UFC veteran Yves Edwards.
Masvidal was signed by Bellator and entered their lightweight tournament in April 2009. Masvidal won his first fight via TKO in the first round. However, he was defeated in the semi-finals by Toby Imada at Bellator 5, who won via inverted triangle choke submission in the third round. This upset loss was acknowledged by Sherdog and MMA Junkie as Submission of the Year.
Masvidal faced and defeated Eric Reynolds at Bellator 12 in a 160 lb Catchweight bout via rear-naked choke submission. He was rumored to be fighting again but was released by the organization.
Masvidal moved up to the welterweight division to fight Paul Daley at Shark Fights 13 in Amarillo, Texas in September 2010. The bout was later made a catchweight of 171.75 lbs. after Daley failed to make weight. Daley defeated Masvidal via unanimous decision. After this performance, Masvidal signed with Strikeforce.
Masvidal returned to Strikeforce in early 2011, facing Billy Evangelista at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Masvidal then fought former Elite XC Lightweight Champion K.J. Noons in a number one contender's bout. Masvidal won via decision .
Masvidal faced Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on December 17, 2011, at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Following the championship bout, Masvidal fought Justin Wilcox at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy on July 14, 2012. He won the fight via split decision (29–28, 28–29, and 30–27).
Masvidal was expected to face Bobby Green on November 3, 2012, at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir, but the bout was canceled along with the event itself. Masvidal was later expected to face Pat Healy at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine but had to pull out due to a back injury.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Following the dissolution of Strikeforce in January 2013, Masvidal was brought over to the UFC. He made his debut against Tim Means on April 20, 2013, at UFC on Fox 7. Masvidal was successful in his debut, winning the fight via unanimous decision.
For his second bout with the promotion, Masvidal made a quick return to the Octagon as he replaced Reza Madadi in a fight against Michael Chiesa on July 27, 2013, at UFC on Fox 8. Despite being dropped in the first round by punches, Masvidal took control in the second round and won via submission.
For his third UFC bout, Masvidal faced Rustam Khabilov on November 6, 2013, at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3. He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision. Despite the loss, the bout did earn Masvidal his first Fight of the Night.
Masvidal fought longtime veteran Pat Healy at UFC on Fox 11. He won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 29–28).
Masvidal faced Daron Cruickshank on July 26, 2014, at UFC on Fox 12. After being dropped by a punch in the first round, Masvidal recovered and won the fight via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 29–27).
A bout with Bobby Green, first scheduled under the Strikeforce banner in 2012 before being scrapped, was expected to take place on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178. However, on August 14, the UFC announced that Masvidal would instead face James Krause. Masvidal won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, and 30–27).
Masvidal was expected to face Norman Parke on January 18, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 59. However, Masvidal pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Gleison Tibau.
Masvidal was briefly linked to a bout with Bobby Green on April 4, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 63. However, shortly after the fight was announced by the UFC, Green pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Benson Henderson. In turn, Henderson was removed from the bout to serve as event headliner at UFC Fight Night 60. Masvidal eventually faced Al Iaquinta at the event. He lost the bout in a closely contested split decision. 13 of 15 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Masvidal.
Masvidal faced Cezar Ferreira in a welterweight bout on July 12, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale. He won the fight via knockout in the first round, also earning a Performance of the Night bonus.
Masvidal was expected to face Dong Hyun Kim on November 28, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 79. However, on November 14, it was announced that Masvidal would instead face Benson Henderson at the event after his scheduled opponent Thiago Alves pulled out of their fight. Masvidal lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.
Masvidal faced Lorenz Larkin on May 29, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 88. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.
Masvidal was expected to face Siyar Bahadurzada on July 30, 2016, at UFC 201. However, Bahadurzada pulled out of the bout on July 12 citing an illness and was replaced by Ross Pearson. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Masvidal was briefly linked to a bout with Kelvin Gastelum on November 5, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale. However, on September 14, Gastelum was removed in favor of a fight against former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone at UFC 205, one week later. Subsequently, Masvidal was removed from the card entirely and instead faced Jake Ellenberger the following month at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. He went on to defeat Ellenberger in the first round via TKO. It was ruled a TKO after Ellenberger's toe was caught in the fence and the referee called a stop to the action resulting in the end of the fight.
Masvidal faced Donald Cerrone on January 28, 2017, at UFC on Fox 23. He dropped Cerrone and nearly finished the fight in the last seconds of the first round, and eventually won the fight via TKO in the second round after scoring another knockdown. The win also earned Masvidal his second Performance of the Night bonus.
Masvidal faced off against Demian Maia at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017. Masvidal lost the fight via split decision.
Masvidal faced Stephen Thompson on November 4, 2017, at UFC 217. He lost the one sided fight via unanimous decision.
After a 16-month layoff, Masvidal faced Darren Till on March 16, 2019, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 147. Although dropped in the first round, he went on to win the fight via knockout in the second round. The win also earned Masvidal his second Fight of the Night and third Performance of the Night bonus awards.
Masvidal faced Ben Askren on July 6, 2019 at UFC 239. Both fighters rushed in immediately with Masvidal catching Askren with a flying knee as he attempted a takedown, winning the fight via knockout 5 seconds into round one. The knockout was the fastest knockout in UFC history, breaking the record set by Duane Ludwig. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award, and it earned him the 2019 Knockout of the Year by multiple MMA media outlets. Subsequently, Masvidal signed a new, eight-fight contract with the UFC.
Masvidal faced Nate Diaz on November 2, 2019 in the main event at UFC 244. In a unique situation, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the headlining bout was for a celebratory "Baddest Motherfucker" (‘BMF’) belt. Masvidal won the fight via TKO due to the doctor stoppage between rounds three and four when the cageside physician determined a cut over Diaz's right eye rendered him unable to continue. While the decision was controversial among fight fans, Brian Suttere, a Mayo Clinic-affiliated physician, stated that he agreed with the decision.
On 5 July 2020, it was reported that Masvidal had stepped in on less than a week's notice to face Kamaru Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, replacing the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who had tested positive for COVID-19 on 3 July 2020. Prior to the fight, he signed a new, multi-fight contract with the UFC. He lost the uneventful fight via unanimous decision. The card reportedly generated 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in the United States, the most since UFC 229 in October 2018.
Masvidal faced Kamaru Usman in a rematch for the UFC Welterweight Championship on April 24, 2021 at UFC 261 and was knocked out in the second round, marking the first time he had ever been stopped in the UFC.
Masvidal is scheduled to face Leon Edwards on December11, 2021 at UFC 269.
All Elite Wrestling
Masvidal made his debut for All Elite Wrestling at AEW Grand Slam on September 24 2021, alongside American Top Team, and attacked Chris Jericho and Jake Hager.
In 2020, Masvidal launched a mezcal brand, El Recuerdo de Oaxaca Joven, through a partnership with Recuerdo Mezcal.
In April 2021, Masvidal announced he was launching a bare-knuckle MMA promotion, Gamebred Fighting Championship. The promotion held its inaugural PPV event on June 18, 2021 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Masvidal has three children – two daughters and a son – with Iman Kawa, a Jordanian American entrepreneur, and procurement specialist who is the sister of MMA agent Malki Kawa. Masvidal and Kawa were in a relationship for approximately ten years before separating in 2019.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|50 matches||35 wins||15 losses|
|Loss||35–15||Kamaru Usman||KO (punch)||UFC 261||April 24, 2021||2||1:02||Jacksonville, Florida, United States||For the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Loss||35–14||Kamaru Usman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 251||July 12, 2020||5||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||For the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||35–13||Nate Diaz||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 244||November 2, 2019||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||34–13||Ben Askren||KO (flying knee)||UFC 239||July 6, 2019||1||0:05||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fastest knockout in UFC history. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||33–13||Darren Till||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal||March 16, 2019||2||3:05||London, England||Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||32–13||Stephen Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 217||November 4, 2017||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States|
|Loss||32–12||Demian Maia||Decision (split)||UFC 211||May 13, 2017||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||UFC Welterweight title eliminator.|
|Win||32–11||Donald Cerrone||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña||January 28, 2017||2||1:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||31–11||Jake Ellenberger||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale||December 3, 2016||1||4:05||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||30–11||Ross Pearson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 201||July 30, 2016||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||29–11||Lorenz Larkin||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt||May 29, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||29–10||Benson Henderson||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal||November 28, 2015||5||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||29–9||Cezar Ferreira||KO (elbow and punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale||July 12, 2015||1||4:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Welterweight. Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||28–9||Al Iaquinta||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas||April 4, 2015||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Win||28–8||James Krause||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 178||September 27, 2014||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||27–8||Daron Cruickshank||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown||July 26, 2014||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||26–8||Pat Healy||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||April 19, 2014||3||5:00||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Loss||25–8||Rustam Khabilov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight for the Troops 3||November 6, 2013||3||5:00||Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||25–7||Michael Chiesa||Submission (brabo choke)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||July 27, 2013||2||4:59||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||24–7||Tim Means||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||23–7||Justin Wilcox||Decision (split)||Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy||July 14, 2012||3||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||22–7||Gilbert Melendez||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal||December 17, 2011||5||5:00||San Diego, California, United States||For the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||22–6||KJ Noons||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum||June 18, 2011||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||Strikeforce Lightweight title eliminator.|
|Win||21–6||Billy Evangelista||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson||March 5, 2011||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||20–6||Paul Daley||Decision (unanimous)||Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs Prangley||September 11, 2010||3||5:00||Amarillo, Texas, United States||Welterweight bout; Daley missed weight (172 lb).|
|Win||20–5||Naoyuki Kotani||Decision (split)||ASTRA||April 25, 2010||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||19–5||Luis Palomino||Decision (split)||G-Force Fights 3||April 2, 2010||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||19–4||Satoru Kitaoka||KO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11||November 7, 2009||2||3:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||18–4||Eric Reynolds||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 12||June 19, 2009||3||3:33||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Catchweight (160 lb) bout.|
|Loss||17–4||Toby Imada||Technical Submission (inverted triangle choke)||Bellator 5||May 1, 2009||3||3:22||Dayton, Ohio, United States||Bellator Season One Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||17–3||Nick Agallar||TKO (punches)||Bellator 1||April 3, 2009||1||1:19||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Bellator Season One Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||16–3||Tae Hyun Bang||Decision (unanimous)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6||November 1, 2008||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan||Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix reserve bout.|
|Win||15–3||Ryan Schultz||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5||September 28, 2008||1||1:57||Tokyo, Japan||Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix reserve bout.|
|Loss||14–3||Rodrigo Damm||TKO (punch)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3||June 8, 2008||2||4:38||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||14–2||Ryan Healy||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: At The Dome||February 23, 2008||3||5:00||Tacoma, Washington, United States||Catchweight (160 lb) bout.|
|Win||13–2||Brant Rose||TKO (punches)||Crazy Horse Fights||December 11, 2007||1||0:56||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||12–2||Matt Lee||TKO (elbows and punches)||Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion||September 29, 2007||1||1:33||Beverly Hills, California, United States||Catchweight (160 lb) bout.|
|Win||11–2||Yves Edwards||KO (head kick)||BodogFIGHT: Alvarez vs. Lee||July 14, 2007||2||2:59||Trenton, New Jersey, United States||Return to Lightweight.|
|Win||10–2||Steve Berger||Decision (unanimous)||BodogFIGHT: St. Petersburg||December 15, 2006||3||5:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||9–2||Keith Wisniewski||Decision (majority)||BodogFIGHT: To the Brink of War||August 22, 2006||3||5:00||San José, Costa Rica|
|Win||8–2||Nuri Shakir||Decision (unanimous)||AFC 17||June 24, 2006||3||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States||Won the vacant AFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||7–2||David Gardner||TKO (punches)||AFC 15||February 18, 2006||2||0:14||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States||Return to Welterweight.|
|Loss||6–2||Paul Rodriguez||Technical submission (rear-naked choke)||AFC 13||July 30, 2005||1||2:27||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–1||Joe Lauzon||TKO (punches)||AFC 12||April 30, 2005||2||3:57||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Raphael Assunção||Decision (unanimous)||Full Throttle 1||April 21, 2005||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||5–0||Justin Wisniewski||Decision (majority)||AFC 8||May 1, 2004||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States||Lightweight debut.|
|Win||4–0||Julian Ortega||Decision (unanimous)||AFC 6||December 3, 2003||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||3–0||Rolando Delgado||TKO (punches)||AFC 5||September 5, 2003||2||2:14||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||Brian Geraghty||Decision (unanimous)||AFC 4||July 19, 2003||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||1–0||Brandon Bledsoe||KO (punches)||AFC 3||May 24, 2003||1||3:55||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
Professional boxing record
|1 fight||1 win||0 losses|
|1||Win||1–0||Joseph Benjamin||MD||4||Jun 28, 2005||Radisson Mart Plaza Hotel, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|UFC 251||Usman vs. Masvidal||July 12, 2020||Flash Forum||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||1,300,000|
|UFC 261||Usman vs. Masvidal 2||April 24, 2021||VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena||Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.||700,000|
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"I got kicked out of the gym for trying to assault him" - Jorge Masvidal brags about targeting former friend Colby Covington
Jorge Masvidal has opened up about targeting his former friend Colby Covington. Masvidal and Covington, who’d trained together and were known to be close friends for many years, have lately been involved in a heated rivalry with one another.
They trained together at the world-renowned ATT (American Top Team) gym and eventually fell out due to their common goal of winning the UFC welterweight title. While Jorge Masvidal still trains at ATT, Colby Covington has parted ways with the gym and has been training at MMA Masters since the split.
Colby Covington is a former interim UFC welterweight champion. Meanwhile, Jorge Masvidal competed at lightweight for several years before returning to welterweight in July 2015. Masvidal has competed at welterweight ever since, and notably won the BMF title by defeating MMA icon Nate Diaz via third-round TKO at UFC 244 (November 2019).
In an appearance on ESPN MMA’s Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Jorge Masvidal opened up on a myriad of topics. Most prominently, Gamebred addressed his rivalry with Colby Covington and recalled the time he targeted Covington in response to the latter’s constant trash talk.
Jorge Masvidal stated:
“Colby’s that one person that – and I always say this – wherever I see him, it’s a free pay-per-view right there, you know. And he knows that, that’s why he used to make videos like, ‘This guy is so unprofessional. He’s trying to fight me in the street’ – Because I got kicked out of the gym for trying to assault him one time.
"And then I used to go to the spots that he used to frequent a lot; and got the police called on me and things like that, you know. So, I know a lot of people think like, ‘Man, you’re an idiot. You’re a professional fighter. Why would you do that?’ – Because I f**king feel like, and nobody tells me what to do. You know, and it’s more like loyalty to me, like, you can’t do somebody wrong that I love. It’s just not gonna happen.”
Ariel Helwani then asked whether Jorge Masvidal legitimately got kicked out of ATT because of Colby Covington. Masvidal responded by saying:
“Not now. I’m back. They brought my a** back. They suspended us both. Our general, chief-in-commander Dan Lambert had put kind of like a rule like, ‘If you don’t have a bout agreement signed, I don’t want nobody talking c**p to nobody in the team, you know.
"And Colby had said like numerous things to me already. He’s the one that always said little puns here and there, and I was just completely ignoring him like, ‘Uh, whatever, you know. I’ll see you when I see you, right? Blah, blah, blah, blah. And then I had enough one day, and I said something back, and it got us both kicked out. I talked to Dan about it, and he was like, ‘You’re right, bro. This guy’s a piece of sh**. He’s got to go. I’m going to bring you right back, you know, where you’ve always been, and where you belong, and let this f**king coward f**king sink elsewhere.”
Colby Covington has consistently claimed that Jorge Masvidal has been ‘ducking’ him, whereas Masvidal too has often suggested that Covington has been avoiding a fight against him.
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Jorge Masvidal is open to fighting Colby Covington, but on his terms and not on Covington’s
Ariel Helwani recalled talks of Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington potentially fighting each other in a five-round bout, serving as rival coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show, and other such rumors that were abound earlier this year.
Helwani asked whether a Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington fight could still come to fruition in the future. Masvidal responded by stating:
“I’m gonna beat the cr** out of him too before my career is done, but I’m gonna fight the biggest and the best fights possible. Then, I’ll come down to these JV mother**kers, you know. And with Colby, it’s like, it’s somebody that I really can’t stand. So, I really wanna hurt this guy in a way that I have never done, you know. I wanna make it seem like the Ben Askren fight was very merciful compared to what I’m going to do to Colby, guaranteed. And that fight will take place, but when I f**king say so.” (*H/T Sportskeeda for the transcription)
Furthermore, Jorge Masvidal explained that Colby Covington’s fight against Kamaru Usman didn’t garner good PPV buys. Masvidal noted that Covington isn’t a draw and reiterated that the latter had his jaw broken by Usman.
Masvidal pointed out that he wouldn’t want to fight Covington, who got his jaw broken, but would rather first fight the individual who broke Covington’s jaw, Kamaru Usman.
The first fight between Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman transpired at UFC 251 (July 2020). Masvidal had taken the fight on just six days’ notice and ended up losing via unanimous decision.
Presently, Jorge Masvidal is set to fight Kamaru Usman in a rematch, once again with the latter’s UFC welterweight title on the line, at UFC 261 (April 24th, 2021).
On the other hand, Colby Covington currently doesn’t have a fight booked.
Jorge Masvidal Used To Sleep In His Car And The Gym When Times Were Tough
Proudly wearing his Versace robe, Jorge Masvidal looks like a million bucks these days but it's been a long, arduous road to fame and fortune for the Cuban-American.
With 48 fights to his name after having his first professional bout as an 18-year old, Masvidal has well and truly honed his craft as a mixed martial artists and competed all over the world - even having a street fight in Kimbo Slice's backyard.
But prior to him signing with the UFC and hitting the big-time, there was a period where he was strapped for cash and ended up sleeping in his car or at the gym after not having enough to pay rent.
Speaking to Brett Okamoto from ESPN, the 35-year old said: "15-22... not always but on and off if I couldn't pay the rent I was like, 'well can't pay the rent this month, I'm out of this place, getting evicted. I'll stay in the car for 2 months, gather up money or at the gym'.
"I used to sleep a lot at the gym as well. Just chasing the dream that's all part of it.
"My first car... was comfortable to sleep in. Two windows didn't go down, the AC was broke so it kinda sucks. It was a Chevrolet Bonneville. Like from the 70s. I don't even know how that thing worked. I got a super good deal paid like $500-$600 for it.
"The back seat, I just go to the gym and just post up there in the back seat, sleep, wake up, be the first guy there a lot of times. People be like 'Oh you're so disciplined.' No, I literally live back here."
But while he was struggling on the come-up, Masvidal always had faith that the bright lights would shine on him soon enough.
"Fun days. I didn't matter. My mind said, and I'll share it with the world. If you think like this, I think you can make it out of anywhere. I knew I'd get to a better place. That didn't bother me at all.
"Those moments sucked, but it was like I know I'm gonna be out of here. Maybe I didn't get all the tools right now that I needed or I didn't come from a trust fund or something. But I knew I would get myself out of there."
Fast forward to the present day and Masvidal is slated to headline a main UFC card for the second time in his career at UFC 251 on 'Fight Island' in Abu Dhabi.
After taking the welterweight title fight with Kamaru Usman on six days notice, having resolved a financial dispute and signed a new deal with UFC, the BMF champion is vying to win his first title in the company.
He started from the bottom but 'Gamebred' is well and truly here.
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Jorge Masvidal slept in his gym and was taught to backyard fight by Kimbo Slice before facing Kamaru Usman at UFC 251
IT's official. Jorge Masvidal will fight rival Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 on Fight Island on July 12.
'Ponytail' has stepped in just a week before Usman was due to square off against Gilbert Burns, who pulled out at the last minute after testing positive for the coronavirus.
A spectacular win would complete his incredible journey from sleeping on a gym floor to global superstar.
The fan-favourite was raised in poverty in Miami by his Peruvian mother he affectionately calls 'Mama Dukes, while his Cuban dad spent two decades behind bars for manslaughter and drug trafficking.
She supported the family by selling beads on the street to make ends meet, and refused to tell her son that his father was serving time between the ages of 4-13 - spinning him a yarn that he was in the army.
It caused Masvidal much confusion and pain growing up.
"I got kicked out of school. ... I caused a lot of turbulence throughout those years," Masvidal told ESPN.
"All that was happening and my mom's like, 'You're going to end up just like your dad.' I go, 'Pshh. He's in the army.
"He's like, some f****** general or some s***.' And she goes, 'He's not in the army. He's in [prison].'"
As soon as Masvidal learned the truth, he began visiting his dad in jail. The pair became close, and when Masvidal Sr was released in 2007 he became a mentor and someone who kept a teenage Jorge out of bother.
And it was his dad who pushed him to channel his aggression into fighting.
"I had a lot of plans, and when I told him, he was the only person who said, 'Let's do it,'" Masvidal revealed.
"He already knew who I was, better than anyone."
A COACH'S PERSPECTIVE
The street-fighting legend was once so broke he slept under the ring in his gym before making his debut in 2003.
Dedicating his life to making it in the fight game meant the brawler had no time to get a job.
He instead spent his time in the gym and scrapping for the tiny purses on offer in backyard bouts and on the local Florida MMA circuit.
Masvidal's coach at American Top Team Mike Brown told SunSport the 35-year-old has "fought his way to a better life".
Brown explained: “He’s very authentic and real.
“It’s a guy who has literally fought for everything he’s got after coming from humble beginnings.
“He comes from a family who didn’t have a lot of money, and when you start out in the sport of MMA, there is no money, right?
“Especially at that time, there was a lot less than there is now and you kind of just do it for the love and if you want to be good you don’t have time to work 40 hours a week.
“So you’re not making money, you’re broke, he was spending all that time in the gym instead of working and really taking a gamble, a big risk.
“You’re really rolling the dice, but he did it, he made it. And not everyone does, it’s really very difficult.
“But he put himself all in, didn’t have a back-up plan but he hit the jackpot. He fought his way to a better life."
HIS SAFE ZONE
Masvidal, who has two daughters and a son with his ex-girlfriend - told ESPN it did not matter where he slept, as long as he made it to his “safe zone” in the gym.
He said: “I slept in cars, in parking lots, in my gym under the ring.
"I didn’t let nothing stop me from a young age, I didn’t care if I had a house, or gear or not I just made it to the gym as it was my safe zone.
“It didn’t matter where I slept or what I was doing, as long as I could make it to the gym and space out for those three, four hours, I was like a kid all over again and I did that my whole life and it’s happened to pay off now.”
The hard work paid off when he finally made his UFC debut in 2013, beating Tim Means after a career fighting around the world with stints at rival promotions Strikeforce and Bellator.
But the American became a local star in Miami way before his mainstream MMA career for his street fights alongside the late Kimbo Slice, wagering AROUND £31 a fight.
Masvidal recorded two wins against Slice’s right-hand man Ray in 2003, and Brown says the infamous YouTube brawls were Jorge at his purest.
He said: “Those fights were really interesting, and he gained a following in Miami from it, he was a big draw locally in Miami for 10-15 years. He’s been a big star locally forever.
“He’s this kid who’s literally been fighting for money on the streets of Miami since he was a teenager, this is a guy as game as they get.
“He’s willing to fight literally anytime, anywhere. This is his life.”
Amusingly, this was evidenced the first time he fought's Slice's protege.
"It was funny because when I fought Ray the first time, I was actually halfway through the McDonalds drive-thru when I got the call offering the scrap," he said.
"I ate half my burger, then I was good to go. And I finished the other half of my burger following the fight."
A CROWD FAVOURITE
Masvidal has a storied MMA record of 35–13, while also competing once in pro boxing and kickboxing. But it wasn't until last year he became a favourite among the niche hardcore fans, after initally failing to break into the mainstream.
And just like Nate Diaz did with a win over Conor McGregor in 2016, Masvidal, who has been given the name 'Street Jesus' by fans, became an overnight sensation with a devastating knockout against Darren Till in 2019 at UFC London.
In the same night, “Gambred” got into a backstage altercation with another Brit welterweight Leon Edwards, claiming he gave the Birmingham ace “a three piece and a soda” - a now iconic line.
And after been part of Masvidal’s historic five-second knockout of Ben Askren in July - the quickest win in UFC history - Brown says he has never seen a rise in stardom in such limited time.
The trainer said: “It’s pretty incredible, and something that we knew could happen but for whatever reason hadn’t yet.
“He’s got a great combination of personality, skill and a style of fighting that people love.
“I’m so happy for him, and for all the guys it could have happened to I’m really glad it’s him. He’s put in the work and not taken any shortcuts, he’s earned it.
“The guy’s got 50 fights with world class opponents with multiple organisations all over the world, he’s the real deal.”
Masvidal left fans in disbelief at UFC 239 after his flying knee five seconds into his fight against Askren made history.
After the fight Brown shared footage of the pair practising the move in the gym days before the win - knowing this moment would set up Masvidal for a better future.
He said: “It shows just how controlled and accurate Jorge is. As he was doing it I filmed it for that reason, as I knew when he hits this the world’s going to go crazy.
“It played out just how we thought. It was beautiful. It really catapulted Jorge to another level o
f popularity and we were ecstatic - because it secured a better future for Jorge.
Masvidal had earned over £500,000 for his wins in the last year, before lockdown hit the sporting world.
The details of his purse for UFC 251 hasn't been disclosed, but his manager Malki Kawa told Yahoo Sports that his fighter is "extremely happy" with the deal.
Should the No1 contender win the welterweight title next weekend, his star will know no bounds - with the sport crying out for a new favourite after McGregor's retirement.
American Top Team
Mixed martial arts team
|Primary trainers||Mike Brown|
|Current titleholders||Amanda Nunes UFC Women's Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion (2016, 2018)|
Adriano Moraes ONEFC Flyweight Champion
|Past titleholders||Douglas Lima Bellator Welterweight Champion (2014, 2016-2018, 2019)|
Tyron Woodley UFC Welterweight Champion (2016-2019)
Dustin Poirier UFC Interim Lightweight Champion (2019)
Junior Dos Santos UFC Heavyweight Champion (2011-2012)
Robbie Lawler UFC Welterweight Champion (2014-2016)
Joanna Jędrzejczyk UFC Women's Strawweight Champion (2015-2017)
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship (2010)
Daniel Mason-Straus Bellator Featherweight Champion (2015-2017)
Mike Thomas Brown WEC Featherweight Champion (2008-2009)
Brian Bowles WEC Bamtamweight Champion (2009-2010) Middleweight (155 lb or 70 kg) Grand Prix champion (K-1 HERO's 2006, 2007)
Kenny Garner M-1 Global Heavyweight Champion
Antônio Silva Heavyweight (205-265 lb or 93-120 kg) (Elite XC 2008)
Jeff Monson Heavyweight (205-265 lb/93-120 kg) (Cage Warriors Heavyweight Champion 2004)
Lightweight (154 lb or 70 kg) Grand Prix Champion (ZST - Japan 2004)
Denis Kang Middleweight (185 lb or 84 kg) (Spirit MC 2004)
Jorge Santiago SENGOKU Middleweight Champion (SENGOKU 2009) Middleweight World Victory Road Tournament Champion
(SENGOKU 2008) (185 lb or 84 kg) Tournament Champion (Strikeforce 2007)
|Prominent fighters||Antônio Silva (Strikeforce, UFC)|
Mike Thomas Brown (UFC)
Tyron Woodley (UFC)
Joanna Jędrzejczyk (UFC)
Jorge Masvidal (UFC)
Alessio Sakara (Bellator MMA, UFC)
Gleison Tibau (UFC)
Glover Teixeira (UFC)
Amanda Nunes (UFC)
Kayla Harrison (PFL)
Thiago Alves (UFC)
Wilson Gouveia (UFC)
Will Brooks (UFC)
Douglas Lima (Bellator MMA)
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (Bellator MMA)
Bobby Lashley (Bellator MMA)
Yoel Romero (UFC, Bellator MMA)
Andrei Arlovski (UFC)
Dustin Poirier (UFC)
Thiago Santos (UFC)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (UFC)
Sabah Homasi (Bellator MMA)
|Training facilities||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
American Top Team (ATT) is one of the primary teams in mixed martial arts. The gym was founded by Dan Lambert, who brought in former members of Brazilian Top TeamMarcus "Conan" Silveira, Marcelo Silveira and Ricardo Liborio, but there is no formal affiliation between the two teams. ATT's main academy is in Coconut Creek, Florida, and there are affiliated academies throughout the United States. ATT features professional fighters who have competed in many major promotions, such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), PRIDE Fighting Championships, DREAM, K-1, Strikeforce, Bellator and Professional Fighters League (PFL).
Dan Lambert founded American Top Team in 2001. Their vision was to build a world class training facility where MMA fighters could get all of their training under one roof, similar to the Brazilian Top Team gym previously co-founded by Liborio in Rio de Janeiro. A businessman by trade and Brazilian jiu-jitsu enthusiast, Lambert oversaw American Top Team as it became one of the top MMA training facilities and martial arts academies in the world. Headquartered in Coconut Creek, Florida, American Top Team has produced numerous MMA world champions and highly notable competitors. It is widely considered one of the top MMA facilities in the world, and it won the Best Gym category at the World MMA Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. There are currently over 40 American Top Team affiliates worldwide representing the ATT banner.
In 2021 Lambert introduced the American Top Team to professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling. The team consists of Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky, as well as by UFC fighters Andrei Arlovski, Junior Dos Santos, Jorge Masvidal, and Paige Vanzant.
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Besides being known for his love of fast food and his relationship with Kimbo Slice, Jorge 'Gamebred' Masvidal has evolved into an extremely dangerous fighter at 155 pounds. He gained notoriety when he fought Slice's protege, a man named 'Ray,' on two separate occasions. He was known in Miami for beating up men much larger than him in street fights.
Prior to signing to Strikeforce, Masvidal accomplished a fair amount in his first 13 fights, knocking out Joe Lauzon, Roli Delgado, and Yves Edwards with a head kick. He would then win two fights in Strikeforce, defeating Matt Lee and Ryan Healy. He would then sign to fight Rodrigo Damm in Sengoku, where he would lose by TKO for the first time in his career.
After compiling three more victories, Masvidal would (unfortunately for him) be on the receiving end of one of the most memorable submissions in MMA history. In a fight at Bellator 5 against Toby Imada, Masvidal would be choked unconscious with an inverted triangle choke. Masvidal rebounded by winning twice more, notably defeating Satoru Kitaoka. Masvidal would step up to welterweight to take on Paul 'Semtex' Daley in a fight at Shark Fights 13. Despite having a size disadvantage, Masvidal would see the judges scorecards, and lost a fight where some believed he was the winner. After a valiant performance there, he would sign with Strikeforce.
The Miami based fighter returned to lightweight in his Strikeforce debut, where he defeated previously unbeaten Billy Evangelista by decision. He followed up by beating KJ Noons, and earning a shot at Gilbert Melendez, in a fight for the lightweight crown. Unfortunately for 'Gamebred,' he would lose a unanimous decision to the champ. However, Masvidal would put on a solid performance against Justin Wilcox in his next fight. Despite stunning the AKA product in the bout, Masvidal would win the decision.
With Strikeforce going under Masvidal would get signed to the UFC and be match against Tim Means in his first bout, which he would win by Unanimous Decision. He would follow that up with a second round D'arce choke over Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa, handing Chiesa his first ever loss. The American Top Team fighter next took on top Russian prospect, Rustam Khabilov, at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 but would end up on the short end of a unanimous decision. Despite his loss, he would be awarded the "Fight of the Night" bonus for his performance.
Jorge Masvidal went on to amount a total UFC record of 11wins and 6 losses. He gained notoriety for his recent two UFC wins as they were both fights he won via spectacular knockouts.
The first of them being the fight against Darren Till at UFC On ESPN + 5 in London.
Jorge got dropped by Till in the first round but recovered quickly. J.Masvidal went on to win the round and finished by K.O.ing Darren Till mids into the second round via punches and silencing the London crowd.
After the fight Masvidal and Leon Edwards who also had fought on the same card, would be involved in a quick altercation that later got to be known as "the three piece with soda" - incident.
Jorge Masvidal was giving a post fight interview and was interrupted by Leon Edwards addressing him from the back, Masvidal then went to face Leon, some punches were thrown, some did hit some did miss but security went in and stopped anything bad from happening that night. Leon Edwards would not press any charges but said he would gladly face Jorge Masvidal in the UFC octagon to settle the scores.
Jorge Masvidal campaigned for a title fight against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman but it got denied and instead he got offered Ben Askren. Ben Askren was campaigning himself for the fight with Masvidal and talking a considerate amount of shit before their fight.
Jorge Masvidal has never been shy about his real feelings towards Ben Askren stating on the Joe Rogan podcast, that he doesn't like the dude and that he wouldn't want to finish their fight early but instead put Ben under a beating for the whole duration of the 3 round fight.
Jorge Masvidal's level of fame raised to "Megastar fame" as he K.O.ed Ben Askren at UFC 239 via flying knee in only 5 seconds of the first round. He owned the fastest K.O of UFC history and the K.O of the night bonus.
Later that same night his team would release video footage of Masvidal training the exact flying knee he finished Ben Askren with.
Jorge Masvidal was called out by Nate Diaz after his win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241.
At the after fight press conference Nate Diaz then explained he wanted to fight Masvidal because he considers him to be a real fighter that shows up to fight.
Nate Diaz promoted the possible event even further by stating that the fight with Masvidal would be for the "BMF belt" as he would want to defend his BMF title against Jorge Masvidal.
Jorge Masvidal accepted the callout and stated his excitement for this fight.
At UFC 244 in MSG, NY Jorge Masvidal is going to fight Nate Diaz for the BMF belt.
Dana White got after it and got the BMF title belt made.
His Head Coach @ATT is Former UFC Veteran Mike Brown.
Masvidal went on to win the BMF title at UFC MSG against Nate Diaz via doctor stoppage it the third round. Masvidal had put Nate on a beating for the whole fight and even dropped Nate with a kick to the face in the first round. Nate survided the first rounds in Diaz style fashion but got beaten hard by Masvidal which ultimately lead to a big cut on his eyebrow which put the octagon doctor on the spot. The doctor waived the fight as he considered the cut to be too deep to continue. After the fight he would claim that it was a bullshit stoppage as he thought he was getting the upper hand in the fight due to Masvidal slowing down.
Jorge Masvidal got caught up in contract negotiations with the UFC after his win over Nate Diaz. He stated that he felt most of the UFC roster is massively underpaid. That derailed his first title shot opportunity in the UFC and finally Usmann would get booked against Gilbert Burns.
Jorge finally would get close to what he would have wanted to earn when stepping up on short notice (6 days) against Usmann at UFC 251 on fight island in Abu Dhabi due to Gilbert testing positive for Covid-19 virus.
The fight against Usmann didn't go his way as he lost a five round decision to the dominant champ.