UFC welterweight contender Darren Till failed to make weight for his headliner fight against Stephen Thompson in his hometown of Liverpool late last month. “The Gorilla” tipped the scales at 173.5 pounds, but ended up with a unanimous decision win.
The bigger story, however, came a few days after the fight, when a video surfaced showing Till struggling to make weight. It has since been taken down, but was nonetheless preserved somehow by people online.
The video caused great concern among those who had seen it, thinking Till would have died from dehydration. But according to the 25-year-old Team Kaobon fighter himself, the situation may have been blown out of proportion a little bit.
”I came off social media for a few days, but I know the video didn’t get a lot of good feedback,” Till said (via ESPN.com). “It wasn’t as bad as what people think because there were other things circling around that weight cut.
”I saw it [the video] but it was just after the fight, so I didn’t pay much attention to it. I was just basking in the ambience of UFC Liverpool.”
As shown on the video, Till had to pause from running on the treadmill a few times due to dizziness from supposed dehydration, but according to him, it was likely due to being up too early and not having any prior meals.
”I was cutting weight, stopped running and sort of felt a bit dizzy because I was up early, and I didn’t have any food all night or water and I was still trying to cut weight,” Till explained. “So it wasn’t that I couldn’t see or I was in a bad way, I just felt dizzy.”
”You know anytime you try and stand up too quick? That’s sort of how I felt.”
”I didn’t lose sight. I was just feeling dizzy,” he continued. “It was five o’clock in the morning and I was up all night and I’d been back and forth to the hospital and then in the sauna.”
“I just felt dizzy and I said to my coach, ‘give me a minute’, and he said, ‘I don’t think you can carry on running, let’s just give you a little rest’, and that was it. Obviously, the video makes it look a little bit worse but it wasn’t in any way bad.”
With the victory over “Wonderboy”, Till (17-0-1, with 12 wins by stoppage) moved up to the number two spot at the UFC’s official welterweight rankings.