Elijah Topuria uses alcohol for weight lifting.

UFC featherweight title challenger Elijah Topuria, who is set to fight current division champion Alexander Volkanovski this weekend, spoke about the unconventional method he uses to lose weight.

“The thing is, Thursday night to Friday night is very hard for every fighter,” MMAnews quoted Topuria as saying. “I have a hard time sleeping, I have a hard time resting, but I drink half a liter of wine and get high – have a great time with the team.”

“We’re changing the atmosphere. We don’t think about the fights, we give ourselves a holiday and I fall asleep like a child. I wake up the next morning two pounds lighter from dehydration, so it’s working out really well for me.”

As a reminder, the featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Elijah Topuria will headline UFC 298 in Anaheim on Feb. 17, and the official weigh-in procedure for the numbered event kicks off on Feb. 16 at 6:50 p.m. ET.