by Ryan Cambridge
Tim ‘The Dirty Bird’ Means is one of the UFC’s best welterweights. Means did not have the easiest start in life, and he started training MMA at 12 years of age. Means made some bad choices in his younger years which resulted in him being shot in the leg, an addiction to morphine and a prison sentence also troubled ‘The Dirty Bird‘. Means has since turned his life around and is one of the nicest guys in MMA.
Early in Means‘ career, he had three wins and two losses before he was handed his prison sentence. When the welterweight was released from his custodial sentence, KOTC signed him up. 13 wins one loss, and a draw was an incredible record for Means to obtain.
In this time he became the KOTC junior welterweight champion and the KOTC lightweight champion. Following his victory over Tye Brown to win the lightweight belt for KOTC, the UFC came knocking for the welterweight’s services. He won his first two fights and lost the next two which led to Means to signing for Legacy. Two first-round knockouts in four months recaptured the UFC’s attention which led ‘The Dirty Bird‘ to his second stint in the top MMA organisation in the world.
Albuquerque’s own is known for his slashing elbows, insanely good knockouts and using his height advantage to good effect and he has proven this throughout his UFC career.
18 of the 27 victories in Means‘ entire career have been by K.O/TKO.
The orthodox fighter ended up with five wins and two losses in the UFC and was expected to fight Donald Cerrone, but the fight got cancelled due to a failed drug test. Means was handed a 6-month suspension but later was proved to be innocent as it was a supplement he was using ended up being tainted.
Means came back and folded Sabah Homasi up like a deck chair in an impressive TKO victory. Then a no contest went against ‘The Dirty Bird‘ against Alex Oliveira after a mix up in the new rules regarding a grounded opponent.
In a backstage interview with Megan Olivi, he said: ” I think these guys are playing this p***y b******t were they’re putting their hands on and off the mat, they’re not coming to really fight man they’re not fighters”.
Means lost the rematch but won his next fight against Alex Garcia. Then in his last fight, he suffered a split decision loss to Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night 121.
Means is fighting Sergio Moraes who is also coming off a loss at UFC Fight Night 125 on February 3rd in Brazil. ‘The Dirty Bird‘ will be hoping to make winning a habit again and is only a couple of wins away from being back at the top of the welterweight division where he rightfully belongs.
By Ryan Cambridge