UFC BMF belt keeper Jorge Masvidal had to lose more than 9 kg within 6 days to be eligible to play against Kamaru Usman at UFC 251 event on July 11 in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
“Losing 20 pounds (9 kg) in 6 days. That was all I wanted to say. It was tough, but I did it. I achieved my goal,” Masvidal told MMA Fighting.
The UFC previously intended to let Usman defend the mid-range championship title against Gilbert Burns. However, the Brazilian boxer tested positive for coronavirus and was forced to withdraw from the event. Masvidal was chosen by the UFC as an alternative rival of Usman.
The semi-medium weight class requires a maximum weight of 170 pounds (77 kg). But by the time Masvidal agrees to take part in this match, he weighs 190 pounds (86 kg). This forced American boxers to lose 9 kg within 6 days to qualify and meet competition time.
The difficulty was not only shared by Masvidal but also through his full body image. The BMF champion is covered with a towel, leaving only the outer face, looking like a mummy. This is one of the fastest ways to lose weight for boxers.
This is not an easy task, but Masvidal is done. However, such weight loss also makes fans worried about the health of the American boxers when playing.
Masvidal is currently ranked 3rd in the semi-mid-boxer rankings and holds the record for the fastest win at the UFC after 5 seconds. Meanwhile, Usman is currently the mid-tier champion and unbeaten 11 games at the UFC.
UFC 251 is the opening event of the project “Fight Island” taking place over 4 days, 7/11, 15/7, 18/7, and 25/7. In addition to Masvidal and Usman, UFC 251 has two championship matches, including Alex Volkanovski and Max Holloway for the featherweight title, Jose Aldo and Petr Yan compete for the title of the vacant chicken.