“It won’t be the first time I’ve had to lose a crazy amount of weight in the short term”: Jorge Masvidal reveals that he needs to move 20 POUNDS in six days as fan favorite moves to fight Kamaru Usman as a late substitute at Fight Island for UFC 251
- Jorge Masvidal has revealed that he must move 20 pounds for UFC 251 in six days
- Gamebred has intervened as a late substitute to take on Kamaru Usman
- The 35-year-old has to hit the 170-lb weight limit for the title fight
- Masvidal is confident he can reduce weight in time for Friday’s weighting
Jorge Masvidal has revealed that he needs to move 20 pounds to hit 170 pounds for his grudge match with Kamaru Usman at UFC 251, after fan favorite came in to save the show over the weekend.
33-year-old Usman was scheduled to head the UFC’s historic event on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – better known as ‘Fight Island’ – against Gilbert Burns, who was left behind by an impressive win over former champion Tyron Woodley .
However, on Friday, the Brazilian tested positive for coronavirus and was removed from the card, leaving the headline act at stake. Burns trained in Florida, where there have been many cases lately.
Jorge Masvidal has revealed that he needs to move 20 pounds to meet the weight limit for UFC 251
The fan favorite has intervened to fight Kamaru Usman with the title just six days in advance
Despite a very recent public spit on the way the UFC treats its fighters regarding pay, a deal was successfully struck between Masvidal and the UFC, and the 35-year-old left for Abu Dhabi overnight.
The late replacement now has about six days to prepare for Usman, a formidable opponent who has lost only once in his 17 fight mixed martial arts career.
But before Masvidal has to worry about what’s going to happen in the Octagon, there are several hurdles to overcome before hears Bruce Buffer calling his name on fight night.
However, ‘Gamebred’ has to go from 191 lbs to 170 lbs to fight Usman
Both he and Usman will undergo further rounds of coronavirus testing before they need to hit the agreed weight for the 170-pound champion fight.
And ‘Gamebred’ has revealed how much weight to cut to hit the scales at the welterweight limit.
“Yes, I have 20 pounds to go. I will record the fight within six days, ”he said ESPN First Take. “When they made the fight official, I weighed 191 pounds, but I can lose that weight.
Usman (right) is a massive rival to Masvidal and enters the game as the bookies’ favorite
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, it won’t be the first time I’ve had to lose a crazy amount of weight in the short term, and as I’ve always said, God has my back, so I’m not worried. ‘
Some fans and experts are concerned that Masvidal doesn’t have enough time to prepare for world-class wrestler Usman, but Gamebred feels relaxed at the prospect of facing the Nigerian nightmare in the near future.
“The reason I’m doing this fight in the short term is because it’s the same bastard that brought me here. Throughout my career, I’ve always done things like this, and I’m quite comfortable with the uncomfortable. That’s one way of saying it. ‘