UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal Spotted Backstage at AEW Dynamite

Published 03/03/2021, 10:35 PM EST


It’s not every day that you see the worlds of MMA and Pro Wrestling collide, but when they do, it definitely is a spectacle. While everyone was focused on Paul Wight and Shaquille O’Neal’s AEW debut, people may have overlooked a UFC star prowling backstage.

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According to a recent confirmation from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Twitter, UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal was present for the latest episode of AEW Dynamite. He took a picture with former AEW Champion Jon Moxley, as you can see below. 

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Masvidal in AEW is huge for business and if he does have an angle in the show, it would mean huge things. However, his involvement in any spot is unconfirmed as of now and frankly a long shot. 

The fighter has been one of the most brutal in UFC so far and is known for his offensive prowess. Jorge Masvidal is especially feared for his boxing skills which are regarded as the best on the UFC roster. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States (R) fights against Jorge Masvidal of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

This, combined with his flawless grappling, makes him one of the most complete warriors in the business. Masvidal really made his way through the ranks over the past few years and put his name on the map with ‘that’ quick knockout after a deviating running knee.

Although he came up short to Kamaru Usman, who strategically defeated him during his last encounter at UFC 251, Masvidal is still widely respected and is expected to make an explosive return. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Jorge Masvidal of the United States is awarded the belt by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson after his victory by TKO on a medical stoppage against Nate Diaz of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

Jorge Masvidal is not the first and won’t be the last

This isn’t the first time an MMA star has crossed over to the world of Professional wrestling. 

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Ronda Rousey, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, had a legendary run in WWE and broke through the Women’s Division. She was one of the spearheads of the Evolution and had a great run as Raw Women’s Champion. 

She managed to stay undefeated for nearly a year and lost just once in her entire WWE career. This also happened to be her final match in the company, after which she has taken a break from the fight scene. 

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Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez also moved to WWE in 2019 after retiring from the Octagon. He, not coincidentally, went on to feud with Brock Lesnar, who although originally was a WWE Superstar, did have a very successful stint in UFC. 

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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