What is Jorge Masvidal’s Ethnicity?

Published 04/22/2021, 3:54 PM EDT


UFC welterweight veteran Jorge Masvidal is about to face the divisional champ, Kamaru Usman. They will be headlining at UFC 261. This bout comes as a rematch of last year’s clash where Usman got the better of Masvidal.

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Masvidal is an MMA veteran who had applied his trade in various promotions like Strikeforce and Bellator before settling down with UFC. As diversified his experience is inside the ring, he carries the same diversification in his personal background.

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The BMF titleholder has a diverse ethnicity. He was Born on 12th November 1984 in Miami, to a Cuban ancestral father, Jorge Masvidal Sr, and Peruvian descent mother, Mama Dukes.

His father was a Cuban war refugee who, at the age of 15, used a self-made raft to land in the Virgin Islands from Cuba and from there on made his journey to the US.

One of his uncles was a security guard for Fidel Castro. Another uncle was part of the rebellion in Cuba.

His father was sentenced to jail for 20 years on multiple charges when Masvidal was a child. He got to know about his father’s predicament only when he was 13. Before that he was told that his father was in the army.

He was raised in Miami and is an American national. However, he refers to himself as a Cuban American in his social media handles.

‘Gamebred’ is also very vocal about his Latin origins. Before his BMF title fight against Nate Diaz, while in a conference he declared, “I’m not a West Coast gangster” and said he was raised by the Latin community.

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Relationship of Jorge Masvidal with his father

During an interview with ESPN, Masvidal shared details about his relationship with his father. After he knew about his father, he started visiting him regularly. It was a turning point in his life as his father helped him a lot in his teenage years.

Sometimes even helping him get away with life-altering decisions. Masvidal continued visiting his father in prison until 2007, when his father got a supervised release.

Masvidal Sr attended his son’s fight, where he won via knockout against Yves Edwards, 3 months after his release.

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Masvidal has certainly come a long way, he now has a chance to fight for glory this weekend. He will be eager to avenge his loss against Usman and capture the Welterweight Championship. What do you make of Masvidal’s chances of becoming champion?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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