UFC Fighter Flies to Rome for Pizza on the Way to UFC 251

UFC's Jorge Masvidal


UFC “BMF” champ Jorge Masvidal made an epic pit stop in Italy via his private jet on the way to his UFC 251 encounter with welterweight champ Kamaru Usman in Abu Dhabi. Masvidal, 35, from Miami, posted photos on Instagram showing the fighter in Rome eating some yummy Italian pizza.

“Was in the mood for some pizza so made a quick stop,” Masvidal posted.

Per his Instagram post, Masvidal chowed down on his meal right there on the plane.

UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal takes place on Saturday, July 11 in Abu Dhabi.

Masvidal took the fight on just six days’ notice. The fighter told ESPN he needed to lose over 20 pounds before Friday to make the welterweight limit of 170 pounds.

But apparently Masvidal’s love for pizza was just too strong for him to resist on his way to the biggest fight of his career, especially considering the fighter had the chance to nab some right there in Italy.

Obviously, that means “Gamebred” believes he’ll be able to beat the scale later this week before turning his attention to Usman.

UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal Full Fight Card Line-Up

The card listed below is per ESPN and subject to change.

UFC 251 Main Card (PPV)
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 2
Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo
Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas 2
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant

UFC 251 Prelims (ESPN)
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Dan Henry
Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov

UFC 251 Early Prelims (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass)
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov
Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo
Martin Day vs. Davey Grant

Previewing Usman vs. Masvidal

Usman, 33, was originally supposed to defend his 170-pound title against Jorge Masvidal before UFC 251, but that fight fell through after Masvidal demanded more money for his first title shot than UFC officials wanted to pay.

Masvidal subsequently asked to be released from his UFC contract, and Usman agreed to face Gilbert Burns instead. But when Burns pulled out of UFC 251 due to illness just a week before the fight, UFC officials turned their attention back toward Masvidal.

Now Usman and Masvidal are finally going to get their hands on each other. Usman has been one of the most dominant champions in the company, but Masvidal is coming off a year in which he deservedly earned Fighter of the Year nods from most media outlets.

Usman vs. Masvidal is sure to be one of the best fights of the year.

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