Jorge Masvidal’s Top 5 UFC Finishes
Jorge Masvidal is one of the UFC’s top stars. His professional fighting career began roughly 16 years ago, and, in 2019, he finally gained the recognition he deserves. Until recently, Masvidal never turned down a fight and has been very willing to accommodate the UFC. I’m completely frustrated with Dana White and the UFC for not wanting to pay this man the money he deserves. In honor of Masvidal’s brilliant career, today, I’m looking at Gamebred’s top 5 UFC stoppages.
5) Jorge Masvidal vs. Michael Chiesa -155lb Fight- (UFC on Fox Johnson vs. Moraga)
July 27, 2013. Michael Chiesa entered the UFC octagon with a perfect 9-0 record, including 7 submission victories, which came via choke. The D’arce choke is Chiesa’s favorite technique.
The first round was a back and forth battle. Surprisingly, Chiesa dropped Masvidal midway through the opening round and tried capitalizing by capturing Masvidal in one of his trademark chokeholds. Masvidal was able to weather the storm and get to his feet before unleashing a flurry of punches. The 2nd half of the first round was all stand up -Masvidal landed some nice body kicks, and Chiesa caught Jorge with some great combinations. When the 2nd round started, Chiesa looked to bring Masvidal into his world and aggressively went for a takedown. Masvidal started working for a guillotine during this attempt, but Maverick shook it off and remained committed to getting this fight to the ground. Masvidal remained patient and looked for his openings, landing some good body shots in the process. Jorge was eventually able to get the top position and soften his opponent up with some elbows and knees while working his submission game. The veteran Masvidal was able to catch the relatively inexperienced Chiesa in a D’arce choke and claimed his 2nd career victory by submission with one second left in the round. Masvidal’s experience paid dividends in this fight.
4) Jorge Masvidal vs. Cezar Ferreira -170lb Fight- (TUF American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale)
It seemed like Masvidal would be overmatched in this contest as he was coming up to welterweight from the lightweight division while Ferreira (Mutante) was dropping from middleweight. Ferreira used his massive size to his advantage in the early going as he landed some takedowns. However, Masvidal proved how excellent his skills are while he slid across the canvas as he worked back to his feet. Mutante did his best to try and overwhelm Masvidal against the cage, but
Masvidal would punish Ferreira for every takedown he attempted and was able to use his superior clinch work to finish this fight. Masvidal was able to land a considerable elbow, which dropped Ferreira, then Jorge pounced on his opponent with a flurry of punches, and the battle was stopped late in the very first round. With this victory, Jorge Masvidal proved how competitive he can be against larger opponents. Masvidal was given a Performance of the Night Award for his efforts.
3) Jorge Masvidal vs. Donald Cerrone -170lb Fight- (UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Pena)
Both fighters came out looking to engage in a standup war. Masvidal was working his jab early as Cerrone was looking to land some of his outstanding leg kicks. Masvidal showed off his crisp boxing skills, as he landed several combinations while Cerrone was looking for his offense. Masvidal did a great job of finding his shots by countering his slower opponent. By the end of the first round, Masvidal had found his range and showed no respect for the power of Donald Cerrone. There was a bit of confusion at the end of the first round as Jorge dropped Cowboy and went for the finish, but Cerrone was graciously saved by the bell. Donald was still rocked as the 2nd round got underway, and Masvidal took full advantage. Jorge dropped Cowboy with a right hand started digging shots to the body as Cerrone attempted to get back to his feet. Herb Dean had seen enough. Masvidal claimed a 2nd round victory and was once again honored with a performance of the Night award.
2) Jorge Masvidal vs. Darren Till -170lb fight (UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal)
Jorge Masvidal showed no fear as he accepted this fight against Darren Till in London, where Till hails from. The atmosphere was electric -as Till made his way to the octagon, the crowd went crazy. Masvidal came out aggressive and landed a low blow to Till right off the bat. After taking a few moments to gather himself, Till was ready to go. When the action resumed, Till dropped Masvidal with a thunderous left hand and proceeded to stack his opponent against the fence. Masvidal was able to scramble and get back to his feet. Masvidal displayed his superior boxing skills once again and was able to land some beautiful shots to Till’s face near the end of the first round. Masvidal would continue to pressure Till into the second round as he attempted an early takedown and worked the clinch against the fence. Till was able to break free and began working his standup game, but Jorge’s skills were too much for the young fighter to overcome. Masvidal confused Till throughout this fight with his superior footwork and slick combinations. As Till was backing up, Masvidal threw a low kick and immediately followed it up with a beautiful fight-ending combination. Masvidal was given another Performance of the Night bonus and validated himself as a true championship contender in the Welterweight division with this massive victory.
1) Jorge Masvidal vs. Ben Askren -170lb Fight- (UFC 239)
Ben Askren was fully expecting Darren Till to beat Jorge Masvidal. Askren even asked the UFC if he could attend the fight so he could call Till out after the match. But, like many fans, Askren was surprised when Masvidal was victorious. However, all was not lost. Askren immediately began campaigning for a fight against Jorge. Askren had only had one match in the UFC, and it was a controversial stoppage victory over Robbie Lawler, so Masvidal didn’t see Askren as a worthy opponent. However, Funky Ben Askren was recognized as one of the world’s best welterweights, and after a bit of hesitation, Masvidal accepted the fight. Looking back, the leadup to this fight was spectacular. Askren’s strategy is simple, he wants to go for the takedown and pound his opponent until the referee pulls him off. Masvidal had the perfect gameplan for this fight. Askren immediately shot for a takedown, but he lowered his head, which proved to be a fatal mistake. Masvidal landed a perfectly timed knee and pulled off the fastest knockout in UFC history, derailing the Ben Askren hype train.
There you have it—Masvidal’s Top 5 UFC stoppages. You may be wondering why I didn’t include his victory over Nate Diaz for the BMF Title. While I consider this to be once of Masvidal’s best performances, I didn’t include it due to the controversial doctor’s stoppage and instead went with some of his “cleaner” victories in the octagon. It’s time for the UFC to Pay The Man!!
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