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UFC star fighter/promoter Jorge Masvidal bringing mixed martial arts card to Savannah

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Fighter Amon Cosme (left), promoter Jorge Masvidal (center) and fighter Alexei Fedoseev (right) during the weigh-in on March 17, 2022 at iKON 2 in Miami.  Cosme (4-0) is set to take on Diego Gomez Manzur (5-0) on the August 5 card in Savannah.
Fighter Amon Cosme (left), promoter Jorge Masvidal (center) and fighter Alexei Fedoseev (right) during the weigh-in on March 17, 2022 at iKON 2 in Miami. Cosme (4-0) is set to take on Diego Gomez Manzur (5-0) on the August 5 card in Savannah.

As the popularity of professional mixed martial arts fights grows, martial arts are attracting new generations.

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George Masvidal experienced it firsthand when a popular UFC star meets his fans.

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“Now it’s crazy,” Masvidal said on Tuesday. “Thirteen-year-olds come up to me: “I can’t believe I’m meeting you here at the gas station.” I’m like, “I can’t believe your parents let you watch it at such a young age.” Seven-year-olds come running and hugging me.”

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The Miami native, 37, said MMA made a strong first impression on him in his youth, “but not everyone around me felt comfortable with the sport and gravitated towards it as quickly as I did.”

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Masvidal, nicknamed Gamebred, established himself in several organizations, eventually becoming part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The 5ft 11in 170lb (MMA welterweight) has a record of 35-16-0 with 16 knockouts.

“Now it seems like it’s a lot more in our culture and society,” Masvidal said of MMA. “Kids love it. I’m going to say that’s why this sport exploded. , diehard, every week, every show.

“They know every fighter from top to bottom. A lot of these guys are avid fans teaching me the cards from top to bottom. A lot of guys I don’t know on the cards let me know who’s who and it shows because I put on my shows and we get great views all the time, big turnouts.”

Jorge Masvidal (right) punches Nate Diaz in the second round of a welterweight mixed martial arts fight at UFC 244 on November 3, 2019 in New York City.  Masvidal won by TKO in the third round.
Jorge Masvidal (right) punches Nate Diaz in the second round of a welterweight mixed martial arts fight at UFC 244 on November 3, 2019 in New York City. Masvidal won by TKO in the third round.

While Masvidal has built a fan base as a fighter, he is also developing young fighters as a promoter. Last year, he started the Gamebred Fighting Championship in bare knuckle fighting.

This year he launched a second advertising campaign, iKON FC, for combat with gloves. Due to his relationship with the UFC, Masvidal was able to show his fight cards in the tournament. UFC Fight Pass subscription streaming service.

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Masvidal will be in Savannah this week to promote the new iKON FC 4 event taking place on August 5 at the Savannah Convention Center. Look for him on Saturday as a guest Savannah bananas when the varsity summer league baseball team hosts Macon Bacon in front of a sold-out crowd at Grayson Stadium. Promoters know to go where the people are, especially the sports fans.

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The 10 fight card in August includes Savannah. Josh Blyden Featherweight (9-2) in the main event against an opponent to be announced. In the co-main event Featherweight Quinten Culpepper5-1) Macon faces Canaan Kawaihe (6-2) in Hawaii.

Bantamweight Amon Cosme (4-0), the Brooklyn, NY native now fighting outside of Milledgeville will be participating in his third iKON promotion while skinny Lydia Warren (1-0) from New Mexico will be in her second spot. Cosme is going to fight Diego Gomez Manzur (5-0) Chile.

The Grand Ballroom seats about 2,000 people and doors open at 6:00 pm with the first performance at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $50 for general admission, $1,000 for a 10-seat VIP table. Tickets go on sale at 11:00 am Friday at ikonfc.com.

The UFC Fight Pass segment will likely start at 9pm, and for those who can’t get tickets or prefer to watch from home, Masvidal has some friendly advice on the streaming service.

“I think the first month is free, so enjoy,” he said.

37-year-old mixed martial artist Jorge Masvidal from Miami is also a promoter and promoter of the iKON FC show, which will take place on August 5 at the Savannah Convention Center.
37-year-old mixed martial artist Jorge Masvidal from Miami is also a promoter and promoter of the iKON FC show, which will take place on August 5 at the Savannah Convention Center.

He promises a map of equal fighters, which makes the fights exciting. Thanks to iKON FC’s position as a growth organization that is a step below the UFC, fighters know what’s at stake and want to make the most of their opportunities to impress and get challenged.

“I’m really proud to find the country’s top up-and-coming talent, new rock stars, new superheroes in action,” Masvidal said. “I think I’m constantly finding a good batch of those guys, proven guys, who are promising and the very best compared to the next promising very best.”

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While his focus is on showing promising talent in the first five or 10 fights of their professional careers, there’s also room for former UFC veterans looking to make a comeback in the big leagues.

“They’ve been cut and back on the regional track and they’re killing it,” Masvidal said. “Now we put them against that guy who is 8-0, against that UFC veteran who has two, three fights in the UFC. These fights are always interesting because we really test newbies and veterans. “

One-on-one testing is at the heart of combat sports like MMA. Masvidal talks about the cruelty of this sport, that in a few seconds or 15 minutes one athlete separates himself from another, finishing him off with a knockout, painful hold or decision of the judges.

Jorge Masvidal (foreground) knees Ben Askren at the start of their mixed martial arts welterweight bout at UFC 239 on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas.  Masvidal won in 5 seconds, becoming the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Jorge Masvidal (foreground) knees Ben Askren at the start of their mixed martial arts welterweight bout at UFC 239 on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas. Masvidal won in 5 seconds, becoming the fastest knockout in UFC history.

Masvidal has won in many different ways, but among his awards and achievements, he is perhaps best known in MMA for his 5-second knockout of Ben Askren with a knee strike in flight on July 6, 2019. This is the fastest knockout in UFC history.

Requires mental and physical endurance

Masvidal said that despite all the physical strength, punches and pain, and learned technique and discipline, and the fun factor, he is drawn to MMA because of the “science” behind it.

In any match, the best fighter is not necessarily stronger or faster, not necessarily the best athlete.

“Wrestling is so many things,” he said. “It’s like a marathon mixed with sprint, mixed with dancing, mixed with gymnastics. You must be athletic. It’s a crazy sport and that’s why I love it.

Jorge Masvidal (left) kicks Nate Diaz during the first round of a welterweight mixed martial arts fight at UFC 244 early Sunday morning, November 3, 2019, in New York City.
Jorge Masvidal (left) kicks Nate Diaz during the first round of a welterweight mixed martial arts fight at UFC 244 early Sunday morning, November 3, 2019, in New York City.

“You can’t be sure of anything. Any guy can beat anyone, no matter how good that guy is. There is no such thing that this person is invincible. This is a sport that I love and that is constantly evolving. getting better and better. Every year children see this, they become hungrier, angrier, younger, more resilient – more and more experienced guys appear. The evolution of this sport is another thing that I do.”

Nathan Dominitz is the sports content editor for the Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com. Email him at [email protected] Twitter: @NathanDominitz

This article originally appeared in the Savannah Morning News: Mixed martial artist Jorge Masvidal promotes a fight card in Savannah, August 5.



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