Jorge Masvidal makes weight for UFC Fight Island fight with Kamaru Usman after undergoing a criminal regime to hit the 170 lb limit in just six days as images show welterweight wrapped in warm towels to sweat excess weight
- Jorge Masvidal weighed under the 170lb limit after an incredible weight loss regimen
- Masvidal will fight Saturday night against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman
- The pair are part of a stacked card for the first show at UFC’s Fight Camp
- UFC 251 takes place in Abu Dhabi under strict COVID-19 regulations
Jorge Masvidal has weighed under the 170-pound welterweight limit for his title fight with Kamaru Usman after successfully losing weight in just six days.
Masvidal was offered the fight less than a week in advance after Gilbert Burns fell from the map after testing positive for COVID-19.
He is now ready for his first shot at a UFC title in his 49th fight after three direct knockout wins over Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz.
Jorge Masvidal smiled completely after making a 170-pound welterweight limit for his first UFC title fight
Masvidal had to take off his underwear to lose weight after a dramatic six-day weight loss
Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, looked in stunning condition prior to Masvidal fight
Masvidal looked good on the scales despite having only six days to lose weight and diminishing confidence as he smiled at the waiting cameras.
Prior to the weigh-in, the 35-year-old, who has a record of 35-13-0, posted an alarming picture of him undergoing a drastic weight loss regimen.
Masvidal’s photo, which he uploaded for his two million Instagram followers, shows him on the floor wrapped head to toe in countless warm towels and blankets.
The pair exchanged words leading up to the fight and stared at each other threateningly
Masvidal’s first title fight comes on the back of a three-pound knockout series of 170 pounds
Several UFC fighters, especially the American’s former enemy, Till, have previously seen similar weight loss methods used to sweat out the last few pounds.
But there will be concerns that Masvidal will lose large amounts of fluid when making weight and whether he will be in optimal condition to fight one of the sport’s most dangerous fighters.
Usman has looked formidable since winning Ultimate Fighter in 2015, losing only once in 16 fights and honoring his nickname, The Nigerian Nightmare.
The 33-year-old has exchanged words with Masvidal leading up to the fight, rejecting suggestions that he once posed for a photo with his rival, revealing his desire to ‘break’ his opponent internally.
The duo will compete on man-made Yas Island in Abu Dhabi as part of UFC chief Dana White’s first Fight Island show, which will be followed by further events on July 15, 18 and 25.