To Max with all due respect:
Based on the pictures, I honestly don't feel you're ready to compete. You may think you're ready mentally...but you're not. When and if you do drop this bodyfat, I'd say a lot of your mass be disposed. For instance, in the Ab&Thigh picture YMJ just posted, the chest thickness doesn't seem to be from a thick layer underneath, I feel it's the BF on top of a layer of muscle.
Again, no disrespect and I don't want to take away your desire of being on stage but it's just something that comes with time. People are dogs, they will rip you apart if you come in looking sloppy. Sloppy even meaning +5% BF.
Maybe even continue this cut as if you were competing, and then do a CLEAN bulk for a year or 2. Then compete. Hell I've seen people in my show that came in with about 10 lbs of water under their skin, great build, but I didn't see a smile on their face the entire time. It wasn't fun for them...
Good luck with your decsision and if you still continue to wanna compete, I'll stay here and support. But those were my honest 2 cents.
Well then all I guess we can say is good luck! Max, doing a show is fine, whether you're proving a point or doing it for the experience, but you want the experience to be a good one don't you? I'd think so.
You will never have a 1st show man. But keep this mindset and hit these next weeks heavy! No bullshitting. You have work to do so this is business now.