by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Jorge Masvidal, considered by many as one of the top up and coming lightweights in the world, will return to action on June 8 as a part of the latest World Victory Road: Sengoku card in Japan. He will face Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Rodrigo Damm.
The announcement was made on Monday by Sengoku and confirmed on Tuesday by representatives of Masvidal’s training camp, American Top Team.
Masvidal has gained a top reputation in the lightweight division over the past few years picking up wins over fighters such as Yves Edwards, Joe Lauzon, and Steve Berger.
He most recently competed for the Strikeforce promotion, defeating Ryan Healy by unanimous decision in February 2008. Masvidal was still under contract to the Bodog Fight promotion until the organization met its demise earlier this year.
His opponent, Rodrigo Damm, was also a Bodog veteran, having fought for the promotion three times himself, going 3-0 in the process. He is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and multiple-time wrestling champion in Brazil.
Damm’s last fight was a win over Johil De Oliveira in October of 2007.
Sengoku 3 will also feature fights between Kazuo Misaki and Logan Clark, Nick Thompson and Michael Costa, and several other bouts on the company’s third event since its inception.