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Jorge Masvidal: 2019 Fighter of the Year

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This past year was remarkable for multiple fighters, but it was particularly special for Jorge Masvidal. After suffering back-to-back losses to Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson, he took a step back to focus on himself and find a new spark in his career.

Masvidal returned at UFC Fight Night: Masvidal vs Till in March, where the winner would fight the then-undefeated Ben Askren. As a result, Masvidal knocked out Till in the second round and silenced the Liverpool crowd.

A few months later at UFC 239, a bout between Masvidal and Askren highly-anticipated. With verbal promises as to how it would play out, Mavidal knocked out Askren in a record-breaking five seconds. The victory justified the argument that Masvidal was a threat to every contender in the Welterweight division.

At UFC 241, Masvidal was in attendance when Nate DIaz returned to fight Anthony Pettis. After Diaz won via unanimous decision, Diaz called out Masvidal in hopes of a clash between two for one-time BMF Championship belt.

After weeks of media attention, the fight was stopped in the fourth round due to injury to Diaz’s eye. The fight saw Masvidal land 112 significant strikes; 78 to the head.

After his recent success in 2019, it’s only a matter of time before Jorge Masvidal meets the likes of Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. There have been plenty of upsets in 2019, but Masvidal remained consistent.

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Rami J. Hanna

Rami Hanna Jr. is an MMA writer. He is from Victorville, California and joined The Athletes Hub in 2016 to focus on his writing career, and serve as the lead UFC analyst.

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