JORGE MASVIDAL covered himself in towels to drastically make the weight for his UFC title fight.
The 35-year-old veteran, who enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2019, accepted a late notice offer to replace Gilbert Burns and UFC 251 and challenge welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Masvidal, who initially failed to agree terms for the fight earlier in the year, had revealed he weighed 191lb when accepting the headliner the second time around.
Meaning he left himself six days to cut 20lb and make the welterweight limit.
The experienced campaigner had to use every tool in book to get the last few remaining pounds off.
That included wrapping himself up in towels to sweat out any unwanted poundage.
The tactic paid dividends as Masvidal – who was pictured biting a pizza on his way to Abu Dhabi – successfully tipped the scales at 170lb.
He was set to face Usman on International Fight Week this month until the pandemic axed the event.
Masvidal would then publicly fall out with the UFC after a pay row in negotiations to fight Usman, disputing his cut of the PPV.
But after Burns tested positive for the virus, the Miami fan-favourite was able to agree terms and signed a new contract.
It will provide a conclusion to Masvidal and Usman’s storied rivalry, which included a bust up this January on Super Bowl weekend.
Ahead of the fight, Masvidal said: “You can’t find the video or a Twitter or nothing ever saying that I said I’m God.
“So, this guy’s just doing a lot of things that are going to cause him to get hurt in a very violent way.
“If the referee trips on the way to stopping me, and I get to get a couple extra, extra punches, I wouldn’t mind.”