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Midnight Mania! Darren Till looks absolutely gigantic ahead of Middleweight debut

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Darren Till has been killing himself to make 170 lbs. for years.

Luckily, the 26-year-old Brit seems to have realized the errors of his ways... maybe. Till is moving up to 185 lbs. in his next bout to face Kelvin Gastelum, but there’s little doubt which man will have the size advantage. Till seems to have gained substantial size based on the Instagram posts below:

Based on just how big Till has grown, his coach’s concern about Till’s terrible diet and putting on too much weight is well-founded. Even with the extra 15 lbs., Till likely faces a tough cut ahead of UFC 244.

What is it about the Welterweight division that leads to such bizarre weight situations?

I cannot think of a division that more frequently hosts these issues. The all-time example is, of course, Anthony Johnson, who starved himself terribly to reach 170 lbs. while maintaining a weight above 200 lbs. “Rumble” is now a Heavyweight destroying pads ahead of his return to the cage, but he’s not the only former Welterweight cut way too much.

Thiago Alves, Johnny Hendricks, Kelvin Gastelum — all these Welterweights pushed the boundaries of cutting weight over the years, either in pursuit of a size advantage or because they could not control their diets. Hopefully, Till can follow in the paths of Gastelum and Johnson and find success at a higher weight class without ruining himself on the scale.


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