There is no one path that leads a man or woman to the Octagon.
Over the years, innumerable avenues and backgrounds and experiences have intersected and filtered those that write the words "professional fighter" in the box label "Occupation" on their tax returns, census forms, and doctors office questionnaires.
We've seen plenty of former college wrestlers and competitors with a background in one (or more) of the traditional martial arts. The new breed of fighters is a bunch of twentysomethings that have been training in various disciplines with slant towards MMA application from the get-go.
There have been former football players, Olympic medalists in wrestling and judo, former dancers, self-taught tough guys that never lasted very long, and James Toney.
Jorge Masvidal's path to a career in mixed martial arts weaved through the same backyard street-fighting scene in Miami, Florida that helped turn a former high school football player named Kevin Ferguson into an Internet sensati...