Jorge Masvidal says he never gets nervous before a fight, except for one time.
“Gamebred” is known as a street fighter who grew up fighting in Kimbo Slice’s backyard league. Yet, he says when he was in Bodog Fight in 2007 he was set to scrap one of his idols in Yve Edwards. He says that is the only time he’s ever been nervous before a fight.
“There was one guy that I was rather nervous for,” Masvidal revealed on his YouTube Channel (via BJPENN.com). “I wouldn’t say that I was like scared like I’m not gonna get in there with him, because I got in there in the ring and competed with him. But, it was somebody that made me, at that point in my career. I looked up to him too much and I didn’t know I’d be scrapping with this guy. Then before I knew it, me and him were scrapping. (Yves) is somebody that I grew up watching fight and he was close to my weight and I used to like how he’d throw down. He was one of the best lightweights that I’d seen at the moment and that was Yves Edwards.
“That battle going into that fight helped me for every other fight that’s happened because once I had that Yves Edwards fight I told myself since then ‘man if I could step in the cage with this dude and do my job, I don’t give a f*ck who comes next’. Because it was the respect and admiration that I had for Yves at the time. He was killing the game for a while. I was still relatively new in the game and it was just a huge, huge fight for me. So that’d be one of the more nervous fights I’ve been in in my career.”
Jorge Masvidal went on to win that fight by knockout.
Currently, Gamebred is set to return to the Octagon in July against Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title. He earned the title shot off of a fantastic 2019. There, he scored knockout wins over Darren Till and Ben Askren and earned a doctor stoppage win over Nate Diaz.