Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, fresh off the fastest and maybe most spectacular knockout in UFC history over Ben Askren, seems to be really hitting stride at the ripe young age of 34. His star has never shined like this before, despite 47 fights and dating back to his debut in 2003! The news today is he wants to break Conor McGregor’s face, but I think Conor would be too confused how to play it to ever accept, and lose the fight as well.
I really want to keep this breakdown semi-linear (MMA Boxing, Defensive Awareness), rather than a deep-dive of Masvidal’s entire skill set, albeit wrestling, BJJ, defense and the like and focus on how a lifetime of backyard fights is a path not many have taken to the UFC, and only one from those streets to this fame, “Georgie” himself (I’ve already covered his Cowboy and Till wins).
Boxing and Muay Thai allow us to defend with large shields on each hand that just aren’t present in MMA. Much like the groin protection not coming up to your nipples to defend body shots. The defense, as well as accuracy of offense, is evidenced by Masvidal’s incredible rate of only losing via decision.
So the aim here is to show that elbow blocking, rolling, and evasion are the defensive way of the ‘Street Jesus’, and MMA in general. I will also point out development over the past few years that has really sharpened his accuracy and made for some incredibly effective footwork and even kicking game and defense as well.
Without further ado….
- 32Stitches – Olympus [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HhAz5rWzsI
- SVRGE – Moment [Bass Rebels Release] No Copyright Music Chill Trap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZQZM4XVMyw
- Ritorikal – Daydreaming [Bass Rebels Release] Chilled Trap Music No Copyright https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKgUV0CMHwU
- Waimis – Reality [Bass Rebels Release] Royalty Free Music Upbeat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-NrJDCYsxc
(@4:26ish) Jay-Z – Freestyle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW9gYVgBnls
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