Tim Means
The Dirty Bird


Back in win column
August 9, 2020
Means defeated Laureano Staropoli via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Despite getting finished in two of his last three fights, Means' chin held up here and allowed him to cash the ticket as a (+125) betting underdog. He was outlanded by Staropoli in Round 1 but able to absorb Staropoli's best shots and land plenty of return fire of his own. The momentum turned his way close to the midway point of Round 2 when a head kick sent Staropoli crashing to the canvas. Means didn't get the finish there, but he was the fresher fighter from that point on and won the striking battled in both Rounds 2 and 3. Not only did Means get his 30th professional victory, but he took home 20 percent of Staropoli's purse after his opponent missed weight. The veteran still has enough left in the tank to contend with the middle tier of the welterweight division.
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Makes weight on second attempt, opponent heavy
August 7, 2020
Means missed weight on his first attempt but managed to cut with an extra hour and will be squaring off against a heavy opponent in Laureano Staropoli at a catchweight bout Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Means initially was a pound heavy for his welterweight bout but managed to trim that off with the extra hour. He will take home 20 percent of Staropoli's cut as a result of Staropoli missing weight by an even larger margin. Means is looking to bounce back from a first-round submission to Daniel Rodriguez in February, the fourth loss in his last six fights.
Facing Staropoli on Aug. 8
July 12, 2020
Means (29-12-1, 1 NC) is slated to face Laureano Staropoli (9-2-0) in a welterweight fight Aug. 8 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Mike Heck and Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com report.
Means will be looking to rebound in Las Vegas after suffering a second-round loss via submission to Daniel Rodriguez in his last trip to the Octagon on Feb. 15 at UFC Rio Rancho. "The Dirty Bird" hasn't found much consistency of late, as he has yet to win consecutive fights since 2015.
Upset by confident debutante
February 15, 2020
Means lost to Daniel Rodriguez via submission (standing guillotine) at 3:46 of Round 2 at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
Means looked like every bit the favorite early, registering a takedown early into the fight and getting the best of the initial striking exchanges. He was leading the striking exchange in the first round, but Rodriguez did catch him with a heavy shot as the bell rang that may have gotten the attention of the judges. The shot looked to continue to affect Means into the second, plus it gave Rodriguez the confidence to continue letting his hands go. Means eventually regained his footing, but each kick he threw was met with a sharp counter. Rodriguez eventually smelled blood and charged the favorite, and Means was forced to shoot for a takedown in an attempt to recover. It left his neck wide open and allowed Rodriguez to sink in the choke, and Means tapped shortly afterwards.
New Rio Rancho opponent set
February 10, 2020
Means will now face Daniel Rodriguez at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15 following the withdrawal of his originally-scheduled opponent, Ramazan Emeev, Danny Segura of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Means has been inconsistent at best over the last few years, but was recently awarded a new contract after winning two of his last three fights via first-round stoppage. He enters Saturday's event as one of the card's larger favorites at (-265), taking on an opponent in Rodriguez who is making his UFC debut at 10-1 overall.
Matched against Ramazan Emeev
January 7, 2020
Means will face Ramazan Emeev in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on Feb. 15, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The Albuquerque native will fight in his home state for the first time since he joined the UFC back in 2012. He's coming off a stretch of two wins in his last three matches after previously winning just one of his last five. Emeev won his first three UFC fights before falling to Anthony Rocco Martin by unanimous decision in November.