Between Rounds: Jorge Masvidal
Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal returns to the octagon Saturday night when the UFC returns to London. Entering his 16th year as a professional Masvidal has competed with Bellator and Strikeforce prior to his time in the UFC. Currently ranked as the number 11 welterweight in the world, Jorge faces a daunting task this weekend when he faces Darren “The Gorilla” Till.
Masvidal was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and was often involved in street fighting from a young age. There are recorded videos of his fights on YouTube defeating Kimbo Slice’s protege. Mixed martial arts became a way of life for “Gamebred” in high school and he has stayed with it ever since. Jorge scored a 2nd round TKO over then UFC competitor Joe Lauzon to really start to open up promoters eyes. Masvidal was signed by Bellator and entered their Lightweight Tournament in April 2009. Strikefprce signed Masvidal in late 2010 and he fought with them through the dissolution of Strikeforce in January 2013.
Masvidal made his UFC debut against Tim Means on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7 earning a Unanimous decision victory. Replacing Reza Madadi in a bout against Michael Chiesa scoring a second round submission win. Suddenly Jorge had established himself and was a made man in the UFC. Tale of the tape on Masvidal reads 5′ 11″ and 170 pounds with a 74″ reach. Feisty veteran who loves to scrap Masvidal has garnered a career record of 32-13 and finds himself one win away from starting some title talk opportunities.
After a huge win over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone Jorge has dropped his last two fights via decision to Damien Maia and “Wonderboy” Thompson. The scrappy Masvidal desperately needs a win to remain relevant and one man stands in his way. Darren Till is currently ranked the number 3 welterweight in the world. Securing a victory over Till could shoot Masvidal up the rankings and into consideration for a bug money fight while a loss could drop him out the top 15 all together.
Saturday at UFC London Till vs Mascidal is the headliner on a stacked card. Several fantastic match ups and a couple fighters fighting to get back on track make this one a must watch event. Follow all the action on Twitter with @MSBFightClub if you don’t have ESPN plus and we will take you through main card match by match.
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