JORGE MASVIDAL has to drop 20lb with just six days to do it to make weight against Kamaru Usman.
The 35-year-old agreed to step in on just a week’s notice to challenge welterweight champion Usman, 33, at UFC 251 on ‘Fight Island’.
Masvidal said he weighed 191lb when he was offered the short notice title fight and needs to shrink down to 170lb by Friday’s weigh in.
But the veteran is not phased by the gruelling weight cut ahead.
Masvidal told ESPN First Take: “I got 20 pounds to go.
“I’m taking the fight on 6 days notice. When they made the fight official I weighed 191 pounds but I can lose that weight.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, it won’t be the first time I have to cut a crazy amount of weight at short notice, and like I’ve always said God has my back so I’ve got no worries.”
Masvidal, a former lightweight campaigner, was initially scheduled to headline the UFC’s inaugural Fight Island event in Abu Dhabi.
But he failed to agree terms after a row over his cut of the pay-per-view sales, which led to the American threatening to walk out of the UFC.
Gilbert Burns was then handed the fight against Usman until he was ruled out following a positive coronavirus test.
Despite the public spat between Masvidal and the UFC, they were able to come to terms following last-gasp talks to salvage the main-event.
As Masvidal was due to challenge for the belt he had remained training and not for the first time backs himself to upset the odds.
He said: “The reason I’m taking this short notice fight is because it’s the same s*** that got me here.
“Throughout my whole career I’ve always done stuff like this and I’m pretty comfortable with the uncomfortable. That’s one way to put it.”