February 20, 1984
Wilburton, Oklahoma, United States
|Other names||The Dirty Bird|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Middleweight (185 lb)
Welterweight (170 lb)
Lightweight (155 lb)
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tim Means (born February 20, 1984) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2004, Means has also formerly competed for King of the Cage and Legacy FC. Means is the former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion and the former King of the Cage Junior Welterweight Champion.
Born in Wilburton, Oklahoma, and raised in New Mexico, Means began training at the age of 12, as he was a troubled kid and was taken under the wing of a local trainer. In 2004, Means was involved in a shooting incident outside of a bar and suffered a nine-inch gunshot wound in the femoral artery of his thigh. Means was prescribed painkillers and morphine, and developed a morphine dependency. After Mean's prescriptions ran out, he began experimenting with methamphetamine. A few years after Means began using meth, he found himself in trouble with the law, and was charged with aggravated assault after punching a man who broke into his home. After serving the four-year prison sentence early in his MMA career, Means turned his life around.
Mixed martial arts career
King of the Cage
Means returned to MMA in 2009 and reeled off six consecutive victories via first round stoppage, including a nine-second TKO win over Matt Green at KOTC: New Breed. He earned his first title at KOTC: Steel on Oct. 7, 2010 when he defeated Bobby Green to win the KOTC Junior Welterweight (160 lbs) belt. He defended the belt on four occasions, most recently in a first-round TKO victory over Mario Ramos at KOTC: High Performance on Nov. 19, 2011. He added the KOTC Lightweight title with a victory over Tye Brown at KOTC: Total Destruction on Jan. 21, 2012.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Means was expected to face promotional newcomer Abel Trujillo on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151. However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, the bout was rescheduled for December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5. On the day of the weigh-ins for the event, Means fell in a hotel sauna, injuring his head, and was replaced by Marcus LeVesseur.
After his release from the UFC, Means was called to replace Danny Salinas in the main event against Pete Spratt on September 13, 2013, at Legacy FC 23. He won via first-round knockout.
Means then defeated Artenas Young in the first round at Legacy FC 27, on January 31, 2014.
Following two wins on the regional circuit, Means was re-signed by the UFC and lost a unanimous decision to Neil Magny in a welterweight bout on May 10, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40, replacing William Macário.
Means faced John Howard on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80. He won the fight via knockout in the second round. The win also earned Means his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
Means was expected to face Donald Cerrone on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 83. However, Means was pulled from the fight as a result of a violation of the USADA anti-doping policy. He was replaced by Alex Oliveira.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Performance of the Night (Two times)
- King of the Cage
- KOTC Lightweight Champion (One time; fourteenth)
- KOTC Junior Welterweight Champion (One time; fifth)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||25 wins||7 losses|
|Win||25–7–1||John Howard||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant||December 10, 2015||2||0:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||24–7–1||Matt Brown||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 189||July 11, 2015||1||4:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||24–6–1||George Sullivan||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold||April 18, 2015||3||3:41||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||23–6–1||Dhiego Lima||TKO (punches)||UFC 184||February 28, 2015||1||2:17||Los Angeles, California, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||22–6–1||Márcio Alexandre Jr.||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway||December 20, 2014||3||5:00||Barueri, Brazil|
|Win||21–6–1||Hernani Perpétuo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown||July 26, 2014||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||20–6–1||Neil Magny||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva||May 10, 2014||3||5:00||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||20–5–1||Artenas Young||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 27||January 31, 2014||1||1:38||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||19–5–1||Pete Spratt||KO (elbows and punches)||Legacy FC 23||September 13, 2013||1||2:24||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Return to Welterweight.|
|Loss||18–5–1||Danny Castillo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||July 27, 2013||3||5:00||Seattle, Washington, United States||Catchweight (160 lbs) bout; Means missed weight.|
|Loss||18–4–1||Jorge Masvidal||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||18–3–1||Justin Salas||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall||June 8, 2012||1||1:06||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||17–3–1||Bernardo Magalhaes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger||February 15, 2012||3||5:00||Omaha, Nebraska, United States||Lightweight debut.|
|Win||16–3–1||Tye Brown||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Total Destruction||January 21, 2012||1||0:30||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Defended the KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||15–3–1||Mario Ramos||TKO (punches)||KOTC: High Performance||November 19, 2011||1||1:07||Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||14–3–1||Cody Pfister||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Kingpin||August 27, 2011||1||2:15||Lubbock, Texas, United States||Defended the KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||13–3–1||Cris Leyva||TKO (knees and punches)||KOTC: Fight to Live||May 14, 2011||3||1:28||Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States||Defended the KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||12–3–1||Ricky Musgrave||KO (punches)||ECSC: Friday Night Fights 2||February 11, 2011||3||4:53||Clovis, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||11–3–1||Dom O'Grady||Decision (split)||KOTC: Steel||December 9, 2010||5||5:00||San Bernardino, California, United States||Defended the KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||10–3–1||Bobby Green||TKO (retirement)||KOTC: Inferno||October 7, 2010||2||5:00||Highland, California, United States||Won the KOTC Junior Welterweight Championship.|
|Draw||9–3–1||Dom O'Grady||Draw (majority)||KOTC: Lock Down||July 30, 2010||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Penalized for an elbow to the back of the head.|
|Win||9–3||Cody Garlett||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Honor||May 14, 2010||1||1:17||Mescalero, New Mexico, United States||Middleweight bout.|
|Loss||8–3||Jaime Jara||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||KOTC: Legacy||March 26, 2010||1||2:19||Reno, Nevada, United States||Middleweight bout.|
|Win||8–2||John Cronk||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Horse Power||November 28, 2009||1||0:46||Mescalero, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||7–2||Marcio Navarro||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Gunslinger||August 8, 2009||1||3:53||Concho, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||6–2||Matt Butterfield||KO (knee)||KOTC: El Lobo||May 23, 2009||1||0:04||Towaoc, Colorado, United States|
|Win||5–2||Matt Green||TKO (punches)||KOTC: New Breed||March 7, 2009||1||0:09||Mescalero, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||4–2||Brad Nordquist||KO (punches)||KOTC: Rapture||February 28, 2009||1||2:07||Towaoc, Colorado, United States|
|Win||3–2||July Guiterrez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fightworld 4||March 26, 2005||N/A||N/A||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||2–2||Spencer Fisher||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||IFC: Eve Of Destruction||March 5, 2005||1||1:44||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Luke Caudillo||TKO (injury)||Ring of Fire 13||September 24, 2004||1||1:40||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Nathan Brown||TKO (punches)||Extreme Fighting Championships 2||May 1, 2004||1||N/A||Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||1–0||Josh Barlowe||TKO (punches)||Rumble in the Desert||March 13, 2004||N/A||N/A||Grand Junction, Colorado, United States|
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