As Jorge Masivdal continues to bask in the glory of his stunning win over Ben Askren, footage has emerged of him taking part in a brutal backyard bareknuckle fight.
At UFC 239 on Sunday, Masvidal scored the biggest win of his career, as he flattened bitter rival Askren thanks to a flying knee within just five seconds – the fastest knockout in the the company’s history.
In the video, ‘Gamebred’ can be seen fighting a significantly larger man, known only as Ray.
The late Kimbo Slice, who himself came to prominence when videos of him in the backyard circuit were circulated and watched by millions on YouTube, acts as referee for the unsanctioned contest and is seen pouring water on the fighters’ backs.
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Masvidal steps up to challenge Ray, after the latter sent his first opponent to the ground with a vicious right hand, before confidently gesturing to the camera.
However, it looks as if he may have bitten off more than he can chew against the skilled Masvidal, who lands a number of vicious blows to emerge victorious.
The two men later had a rematch and the outcome produced the same result, with Ray again unable to deal with Masvidal’s variety of punches and kicks, leading to a sustained onslaught.
When it was announced that Slice, real name Kevin Ferguson had passed away in 2016, Masvidal reflected on a man he called a ‘gentleman’ a far cry from his hard man image.
“He already had millions of hits on YouTube and stuff – and I was a nobody, I was just some regular dude at the gym training, wanting to fight,” Masvidal said.
“And since day one he was cool with me. He would come up to me, ask me questions. Not that I knew more, he knew more, it’s just at the time the amount of notoriety he had already was crazy.
“He was always such a humble dude. Anybody would come up to him and start chatting him up, and he’d chat you back, spend 15 to 20 minutes. It was a gentleman thing. Especially when he started fighting, it wasn’t like today these social media outlets, when he was trying to get pictures of him doing something nice. He was just a gentleman – like a good dude.”
Speaking after his quick knockout of Askren in Las Vegas, Masvidal explained the fight had gone exactly how he planned.
“A part of me just wanted to throw it out there so he knew: If you do shoot like an idiot like you only know how too, your head is going to get clipped,” he said.
“He took the bait. I put my hands behind my back, he probably thought we were going to f***ing patty-cake it up, but he walked right into it.”
At least now ‘Ray’ shouldn’t feel so bad losing to a man who has turned out to be one of the toughest blokes on the planet.