I saw his pictures a few days ago. Yes, he has made some very good improvements considering how long he has been doing this. He appeared leaner or drier than some of his higher placing competitors, but those guys just have a genetic predisposition that he doesn't (nature ain't fair).
I really like Meadows as a person, but as one can seem on message boards, every time he places lower than where his fans think he should place, they get very heated and state there is some anti-Meadows conspiracy amongst the judges. One one board, some people even stated that judges placed him as they did because they are jealous of him. Well, considering the average judge doesn't look anything like anyone onstage, does this imply they are extra jealous of Meadows?
I understand that Meadows has a certain look about him that a lot of guys like, the so-called "brutal" look, what is likely a combo of ungodly muscle mass and vascularity. But those two qualities don't guarantee a win.
Again, to reiterate, I like the guy a lot. But people get very sensitive when he doesn't place or win.