Jorge Masvidal and His History With Bellator MMA

Published 04/21/2021, 3:10 PM EDT
SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Jorge Masvidal punches Gilbert Melendez during the Strikeforce event at the Valley View Casino Center on December 17, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Forza LLC/Forza LLC via Getty Images)


Jorge Masvidal returns this weekend as he challenges for the welterweight title at UFC 261 against Kamaru Usman in what will be a rematch between the duo.

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Masvidal, a true veteran of the fight game, will look to finally reach the pinnacle of the sport by capturing the UFC gold. He has fought in many famous global organizations like Bodog, Sengoku, Bellator MMA, Strikeforce, and of course the UFC.

Here we take a look back at the time Masvidal used to be a Bellator fighter. His stint in the promotion lasted for 3 fights. ‘Gamebred’ was in fact the main event of the first-ever Bellator card. He fought Nick Agallar to headline the BFC 1 card.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal battles Kamaru Usman in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

The likes of Eddie Alvarez, Luis Palomino, Joe Soto were part of the card alongside Masvidal. The ATT fighter went on to win by knockout in the 1st round against Agallar. He fought 2 more times in the organization.

Jorge Masvidal’s run in Bellator MMA

After his win at BFC 1, Masvidal was matched up against submission wizard Toby Imada. The Miami native started the fight in style controlling the range and striking department of the fight.

However, Imada caught him with an inverted triangle choke which is one of the rarest submissions in the sport. Imada left Masvidal unconscious on the ground as the latter refused to tap. It was a scary yet spectacular submission that snapped his 3-fight winning streak.

Masvidal’s third and final fight in Bellator was against Eric Reynolds in 2009 at the BFC 12 card. He managed to get a win by submission this term and parted ways with the organization. His record was 2-1 in Bellator in a rather short stint.

After 4 fights in different organizations like Sengoku, G-Force, Shark Fight, and Astra, Masvidal debuted under the Strikeforce banner in  2011 and defeated Billy Evangelista. He challenged Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce lightweight belt after a win against K.J. Noons.

In 2013, the UFC took over Strikeforce, and ‘Gamebred’ made his debut in the promotion against Time Means. The promotion has been his permanent home since.

Masvidal has challenged for UFC gold once as he stepped up on short notice at UFC 251. This weekend presents him with another opportunity to capture the holy grail of combat sports.

What did you make of Jorge Masvidal’s run in Bellator MMA? Can he become a UFC champion this weekend? Share your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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