Jorge Masvidal has weighed in under the 170lb welterweight limit for his title fight with Kamaru Usman after successfully cutting weight in just six days.
Masvidal was offered the bout at less than a week’s notice after Gilbert Burns was dropped from the card after testing positive for COVID-19.
He is now set for his first shot at a UFC title in his 49th fight following three straight knockout victories over Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz.
Jorge Masvidal was all smiles after making 170lb welterweight limit for his first UFC title fight
Masvidal had to remove his underwear to make weight after a dramatic six-day weight cut
Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, looked in brilliant condition ahead of Masvidal fight
Masvidal looked in good shape on the scales despite having just six days to drop weight and oozed confidence as he smiled for the waiting cameras.
Prior to the weigh-in, the 35-year-old, who boasts a 35-13-0 record, posted an alarming image of him undergoing a drastic weight cutting regime.
Masvidal’s picture, which he uploaded for his two million Instagram followers to see, shows him led on the floor wrapped from head to toe in numerous hot towels and blankets.
The pair exchanged words in the build up to the fight and stared menacingly at each other
Masvidal’s first title fight comes on the back of a three-fight knockout streak at 170lbs
Several UFC fighters, notably the American’s former foe, Till, have previously been seen using similar weight cutting methods to sweat out the last few pounds.
But there will be concerns that Masvidal will have lost large amounts of fluid in 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 just once in 16 fights and living up to his nickname, The Nigerian Nightmare.
The 33-year-old has exchanged words with Masvidal in the build up to the fight, rejecting suggestions that he once posed for a picture with his rival while revealing his desire to ‘break’ his opponent ‘internally’.
The pair will do battle on Abu Dhabi’s man made Yas Island, 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.