A recent video of UFC welterweight Darren Till temporarily going blind and risking death to cut weight for Fight Night 130 in Liverpool is causing outrage and calls for regulation to the customary but dangerous practice.
The video shows Till doing anything in his power to cut 11 pounds in 2 days to make the 170 pound threshold for his fight against Stephen Thompson, including sitting for obscene periods of time in sauna, laying fully clothed under blankets, and running on a treadmill to the point of collapse. At one point, Till goes blind from the effects of severe dehydration and sleep deprivation. Despite risking his life, he still didn’t make weight.
Till said a family emergency led to him needing to attempt the extreme cut. One fight official described the video “appalling” and has called for Till’s corner to be suspended for letting him go through with it.
After watching the video, you’ll completely understand.