Jorge Masvidal realizes that he is no longer a prospect. Since debuting in mixed martial arts in 2003 as a raw 19-year-old, “GameBred” has developed into one of the most underrated stars in the lightweight division.
Masvidal grew up on the mean streets of Miami, and fighting was a way of life. But Masvidal has done something that many of the other kids fighting on the streets would have never dreamed: he parlayed it into a career as a professional prize fighter, becoming a world-traveled and acclaimed fighter at just 26 years of age.
“I accept the notoriety my street fighting wins have brought me in my professional career but I’m even more thankful I’ve been able to prove myself in the professional cage in a way many other street fighters have failed to do,” said Masvidal.
“GameBred” returns to Strikeforce for the first time since 2008 when he faces undefeated prospect Billy Evangelista at “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson” on March 5th. Masvidal hopes to keep his 2-0 Strikeforce record intact.
“Masvidal knows what it takes to be champion and I believe the world will be surprised by how quickly he proves that in Strikeforce,” said his manager, Tina Vidal. “He knows what takes to win. He’s a dedicated fighter with a passion for fighting that combines natural raw talent and heart.”
His passion for fighting has kept him active and he is always willing to fight. A fact he proved, when the natural 155er took a two-week notice fight at 170 with Paul Daley at Shark Fights in September 2010, which he lost via unanimous decision.
“I’ll fight any of the guys who ‘beat’ me again,” said Masvidal. “I’ll fight them for free just to prove that I’m the best.”
One thing that has eluded Masvidal in his career is a world championship and he has his sights set on 155-pound gold in his new Strikeforce home.
“I’m going to rise to the top spot in Strikeforce,” Masvidal said of his Strikeforce plans shortly after signing with the organization. “While I have a lot of respect for the fighters above me there, I’m going to clean house and I don’t care who I have to go through to get there.”
Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson takes place on March 5, 2011 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.