Jorge Masvidal’s Father Charged with Attempted Murder Following Miami Shooting

Jorge Masvidal Fernandez
Courtesy: Miami-Dade Police Department

Jorge Masvidal’s father, Jorge Masvidal Fernandez, has been charged with second degree attempted murder following a shooting at the retired UFC star’s Miami home.

The incident transpired Thursday. “Gamebred” was not at home, and not involved in the shooting.

A Media Relations Officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed to Cageside Press on Friday that Masvidal Sr., 67, had been arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder with a deadly weapon/firearm, following an early report in which the suspect’s name had been withheld.

Miami-Dade Police also provided a mug shot and arrest affidavit.

Per that affidavit, a Miami-Dade police officer was flagged down by a member of the Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue shortly after 3PM local time on May 4, 2023 and directed to a nearby address, which turned out to be the home of Jorge Masvidal — though the fighter was not present at the time.

Fire and Rescue were transporting the victim, Luis Leoncini, who had sustained gunshot wounds to both arms, to a nearby hospital. Leoncini, 58, described as “a family acquaintance” of Masvidal, told police that the elder man had shot him; Leoncini was later interviewed in-depth at HCA Florida Kendall Hospital.

According to the victim, Masvidal Sr. shot him following “a verbal altercation” within the residence. Police later executed a search warrant and seized a .38 caliber revolver inside a kitchen cabinet. According to Leoncini, he had been shot near the kitchen area.

Masvidal Sr. was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, where he was still being held as of Thursday morning. An online records search later in the day show $10,000 bond being posted.

None of the allegations against Jorge Masvidal Fernandez have been proven in court.

Neither Masvidal has spoken publicly about the case. Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA is expected to take place Friday, with Jorge Masvidal being heavily involved in the lead-up to the event. The UFC star retired off a loss to Gilbert Burns at UFC 287 in April, and promoted a boxing card, Gamebred Boxing 4, featuring Anthony Pettis and Roy Jones Jr., earlier that same month.