UFC’s Darren Till Goes Blind, Nearly Dies Trying To Cut Weight For UFC Fight Night 130 (VIDEO)
MMA authorities are calling for major reforms after another fighter experienced acute health problems while trying to cut weight before a fight.
UFC welterweight Darren Till did not make weight for last Sunday’s bout against Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool. However, it was not for lack of trying.
Till did everything humanly and inhumanly possible to cut 11 pounds in the two days before the weigh-in. That included severe dehydration, starving himself, sleep deprivation, wearing heavy layers of clothing while sitting in the sauna and performing strenuous workouts, and “colonic hydrotherapy,” which is basically just a euphemism for an enema.
Till’s extreme efforts and their serious side effects were captured in a behind-the-scenes video published last week. The video shows Till:
- Crawling around on all-fours, unable to stand
- Tucked under layers of blankets and towels, looking like he’s on his death bed
- Collapsing on the treadmill
- Telling his team that he’s GONE BLIND
Take a look:
This is just the latest instance of a UFC fighter experiencing major health problems as a result of extreme efforts to cut weight. In January Uriah Hall reportedly suffered a “mini seizure” and “slight heart attack” trying to make weight for UFC Fight Night 124.
MMA officials have expressed outrage that Darren Till’s corner stood by and allowed Till put his life at risk just to make weight for a fight.
“I was appalled seeing seven people sit there and push this kid to the point where he lost his vision,” said Mike Mazzulli, head of the Association of Boxing Commissions and director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation. “They should suspend those corner people that tried to help him cut that kind of weight.”
Mazzuli says that the way things are going, it’s only a matter of time until someone dies trying to cut weight.
“You’re going to be sitting there with a girlfriend, with parents, who lost their kid to something so stupid, for no apparent reason.” Mazzulli argues. “What’s going to happen is you’re going to have a mother and a father losing their child over weight-cutting to fight—not in a fight.”
California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster says he is also concerned about the dangerous efforts to cut weight and plans to issue his own statement on the matter in the coming days.
Till’s fight against Stephen Thompson took place in Liverpool. Whereas fights in the United States are regulated by third-party organizations, the UFC regulates its own fights in the United Kingdom.
A UFC official told MMA Junkie they are currently “looking into” the matter.
Hat Tip – [MMA Junkie]