Joining in on the fun of huge announcements, Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means had an eventful week that was significantly positive for not only himself, but for his team over at FIT NHB. Southwest Fight News has learned that Means (20-5) will join teammate Ray Borg in preparing to enter the UFC’s Octagon. The difference is, this will be the second go-round for Means.
Fresh off the presses, Means teammate Ray Borg secured the call-up to the UFC after his monumental victory over Nick Urso this past weekend at Legacy FC 30 and now the news from UFC’s news twitter handle is that Means will head back to the UFC for his second stint and his next fight will be on May 10th in Cincinnati, Ohio for the UFC Fight Night event to be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
Tim Means will step in to replace William Macario in a 170-pound Welterweight bout against Neil Magny.The talented Illinois born fighter Magny (9-3) will look to put together his first winning streak in the UFC and will have to get past the vaunted knockout talents of Means.
In the first UFC go-round for Means, the aggressive striker with a ferocious finishing rate went 2-2 against impressive UFC talent. He won his first two bouts emphatically with his highlight being a 66-second drubbing of Justin Salas. The knees, elbows, kicks, and punches of Means quickly made the Albuquerque fighter a fan favorite and he rose the rankings quickly.
Unfortunately for Means, he was on the wrong end of two decision losses at the hands of wrestling driven fighters. In a controversial decision, Jorge Masvidal defeated Means despite several analysts making the argument that two rounds were won by Means. In his next bout, Danny Castillo would implore a grappling focused game plan.
After the Castillo loss, Means would find himself outside of the UFC promotion and joined the Legacy FC ranks. He would revitalize his career in the Texas-based promotion with huge knockouts over Pete Spratt and Artenas Young. Means would open eyes with the Young stoppage as Young was a Legacy mainstay and had been aligned to the Jackson-Winkeljohn and Lutrell’s MMA gyms. With those two knockouts to add to his highlight reel, many believed Means wasn’t far off the call back to the UFC.
Means returns to the UFC as a Welterweight despite his initial UFC career being at the 155-pound Lightweight weight limit.
Stay tuned for more coverage on this announcement including bout details and breakdown. We want to send our best wishes to Tim Means and our congratulations to him and the FIT NHB team on his return to the Octagon.