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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Tim Means and Sergio Moraes Slug It Out

Sergio Moraes earned a modicum of fan recognition by winning a few fights on a season of TUF Brasil, which makes him somewhat valuable to the UFC whenever they do a show in Brazil.

Tim Means is just a dude who’s always willing to throw down. That makes him valuable, too.

Neither man will ever challenge for a belt, but putting them together on a card in Brazil is a “can’t miss” match-up that promises violence. And hey, that’s what we got!

Whatever ground game Moraes hoped to impose on the American, it went out the window once Means started stuffing takedown attempts. Which was fine, because Moraes has wild hooks full of power to rely on when it comes to the stand-up game, and Means loves eating hooks for some reason.

That was the story of Round 1 – other than pulling guard once, Moraes was unable to get the fight to the ground, and Means ate hooks like they were food. Round 2 saw Means make adjustments and nail the Brazilian with more kicks and punches than he ate.

Moraes was very much running out of steam in the third, and even flopped to guard, hoping that Means would join him for some odd reason. Time expired with the duo slugging it out, and since this fight took place in Brazil…

 

Results: Sergio Moraes def. Tim Means via Split Decision

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Humberto Bandenay, Tim Means Fill Replacement Roles For UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney

UFC Fight Night 121 has two new faces on the card.
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Means vs. Garcia, Horcher vs. Powell Booked for UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City

A pair of bouts have been added to the UFC Fight Night 112 bill, as Tim Means will face Alex Garcia at welterweight and Darrell Horcher will face Devin Powell at lightweight.
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UFC Fight Night Fortaleza Medicals: Bethe Correia, Tim Means Face Potential 180-Day Suspensions

Following Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night “Belfort vs. Gastelum” card at the Northeast Olympic Training Center in Fortaleza, Brazil, both Tim Means and Bethe Correia are potentially facing six months on the shelf.
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UFC Fight Night 106 results: Alex Oliveira takes rematch with Tim Means

It took two fights on two continents 2-1/2 months apart, but there’s finally been a winner between Alex Oliveira and Tim Means.

The duo first squared off at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30, but the bout ended in a controversial no contest after Means walloped Oliveira with a pair of illegal knees.

Oliveira had the hometown advantage and the last laugh Saturday night. The Brazilian welterweight had perhaps the finest performance of his career at UFC Fight Night 106, as he finished off Means in the second round with a rear-naked choke. The time of the finish was 2:38 of the second round.

Oliveira got off to a fine start in the opening round, scoring a takedown and working much of the round from top position. Later in the round, the momentum shifted Means’ way, but the horn sounded before he could do much with it.

The second got off to an odd start as Oliveira attempted to hug Means, who refused, but it seemed to do the job in keeping Means from getting back on track. Oliveira worked Means over in the clinch, landing legal knees, and when the fight hit the ground he wasted little time in getting the choke.

“That first fight was so quick I never had the chance to show off my potential,” Oliveira said. “So I was glad to have this rematch here in Brazil.”

With the win, the American Top Team Fighter is 17-3-1, with three straight wins and seven of eight, not counting the no-contest. Means (26-8-1), absent the no-contest, is 2-2 in his past four.

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Returning to spot of shocking loss means little to Fedor

When Fedor Emelianenko steps into the cage on Saturday night against Matt Mitrione, it will be the exact location of his most famous loss. But that seems of little concern to him.

Fedor Emelianenko, the man who still has to be regarded as the most successful heavyweight fighter in MMA history, returns on Saturday night to the exact spot where he went from myth to human.

On June 26, 2010, in just his second fight with Strikeforce, Emelianenko was facing Fabricio Werdum in San Jose, Calif., at what was then the HP Pavilion and is now the SAP Center, a hotbed for MMA for more than a decade that had housed some of the most historically significant fights in history. By no means was the fight expected to be one-sided, as Werdum was among the most skilled heavyweights in the sport and had been in the ring and cage with top competition for years.

Still, few thought Werdum would win. For all real purposes, Emelianenko had gone 33 fights without a clean loss. The lone blemish on his record came nearly ten years earlier, a cut stoppage from an illegal elbow in a bout with Tsuyoshi Kosaka. By all rights that fight should have been a disqualification on Kosaka or a no contest. But it was in Japan in 2000. The sport was in its formative years, with no set rules, and decisions didn’t always make logical sense.

While no championship was at stake, many considered Emelianenko the legitimate heavyweight world champion going into that fight. He had been champion of Pride when it had the best heavyweight talent in the world since 2003. Pride may have gone out of business, but Fedor had not lost since. Even when Werdum got him in a triangle — because Emelianenko had found himself in deep trouble in so many fights, yet always managed to find his way out — it was hard to envision he could lose. Time seemingly stood still as he was in that triangle, and then he tapped out.

That shocking moment — one of the most memorable in the sport’s history — seems to have less meaning to Emelianenko (35-4-1-1) than fans.

When asked if it means something to him to come back to the same location more than six years later, he unemotionally replied through an interpreter, “Maybe not, this is how it happened due to God.”

Emelianenko headlines Saturday’s Bellator show on Spike TV against Matt Mitrione (11-5), a former college football star at Purdue who bounced around the NFL for a few years before making a name for himself with his outgoing personality as a mid-level UFC heavyweight. One year ago, he let his UFC contract expire, frustrated with the organization, and signed with Bellator, a decision he said he has never second-guessed.

“I didn’t like where UFC was headed,” Mitrione said. “I didn’t like the forced nature of things. I didn’t like the way we were manipulated.”

His deal started when he auditioned for a sport as a color commentator for Bellator’s kickboxing league, and was told that they wouldn’t hire him for that spot if he still worked for UFC.

“It’s played out well,” he said. “I’m happy at all levels, happy with the appreciation, happy with the opportunity I’ve gotten at all levels. I don’t see this as being a short-term thing. Its not a way to get back. I’ll retire with Bellator.”

Bellator president Scott Coker noted that the deal to bring Emelianenko back to the U.S. was very different from his previous one in 2009 when he was running Strikeforce. Back then it was all about negotiations with M-1 Global, which made getting on the same page very difficult. This deal had its rocky moments, but in the end it was Coker and Emelianenko who struck an agreement without third-party involvement.

“Honestly, we kind of talked about a deal, and we got some lawyers involved, and then it got kind of hung up,” said Coker. “And then I jumped on a call with Fedor and his translator, Tanya, and we hammered it out in 45 minutes.

“We had hired a lawyer in Russia to represent us. It took three or four months of back-and-forth, and once we started talking directly, 45 minutes later, we had a deal, and they inked it within a couple of days.”

“The contract is for several fights, so that’s the goal,” said Emelianenko, who said how long he remains in the sport is God’s will.

Mitrione is about four inches taller, and will probably be 20 or more pounds heavier. He’s also more athletic than most of Emelianenko’s previous foes. But none of that seems to have any effect on Emelianenko.

“At this moment, I don’t have any concerns,” he said. “We’ll see during the fight.”

But at 40 — and ever since the Werdum loss — it’s clear he’s not the same fighter he once was. Even Fedor himself admits things are different.

“I feel myself getting old,” he said. “But the training is still the same. I’m the same weight. The training is always very difficult, hard and long.”

Mitrione is 38 yet, having come to the sport in his thirties, says he doesn’t necessarily feel the encroachment of age.

“I’m really lucky, but I don’t feel differently,” he said. “I believe I’m a Highlander. I’m not the only one, but I’m one of the few. My body feels great. It feels fantastic, I also changed the way I train. I don’t spar with big gloves and I don’t take punches to the face in training. Everything is live from the neck down.”

Mitrione noted that over the years his motto has become that he’s not paid to spar and get hurt in training, he trains to make sure he gets to the fight. He’s also concerned about his brain, noting he constantly engages in things to stimulate his brain after a lifetime in football and fighting.

“I think he’s excited,” said Coker about Mitrione. “That’s a big tough kid, really athletic, he’s got a big punch. This is an even fight to me, 50/50, whoever gets there first. I think Fedor’s excited. I think you’ll see a great match on Saturday night.”

“Is it my Super Bowl?” Mitrione said, when asked how this would compare to anything else he’s done in sports. “I don’t know. I can tell you after I win. I don’t know now. I think it’s just another day right now. It’s just another competition I’m involved in.”

Mitrione said the only thing he can compare this to right now was his 2010 fight with Kimbo Slice in Montreal.

“My first real fight in the UFC, not on Ultimate Fighter, was with Kimbo,” Mitrione said. “Kimbo had a Tyson-esque aura about him back then.”

“It parallels to fighting Kimbo, the aura, the hype, the trash talk from his fans. I see a lot of parallels. As far as every other sport, a fight is it’s own animal. I don’t really see it (a comparison to a football game). The Kimbo fight was somewhat similar although obviously the level of fighter isn’t similar.”

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Tim Means admits knees against Alex Oliveira were intentional, but he didn’t know they were illegal

LAS VEGAS — After a bizarre finish against Alex Oliveira at UFC 207, Tim Means discusses the illegal knees that ended the fight in a no contest, how the fans need to help MMA fighters more, and what he believes is the role of the media.

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What A Conor McGregor Win At UFC 205 Really Means

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The time has finally come. The UFC makes its debut in the Big Apple and from the feel of things the atmosphere is absolutely palpable. Any and everyone who is an MMA fan in NYC seems poised for historic turn of events come Saturday night. Things won’t ever be the same again, particularly for fans and fighters in New York. But besides the event itself, the fact that Conor McGregor has the chance to make history at UFC 205 feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Just a few years back I saw my first Conor McGregor fight. It was before he was in the UFC and was already the Cage Rage featherweight champion looking to add the lightweight belt to his collection. With some piston like left hands and a well timed cross counter, McGregor found himself with two championship belts to his name. It was a display that made me believe that the man could one day challenge the best of the best in the UFC.

Flash forward to 2015 and McGregor found himself opposite the great Jose Aldo, reigning UFC featherweight champion. Conor was the pick once again as he had in his several previous bouts but no one could have anticipated that McGregor would dethrone the dominant champ in thirteen seconds time. It made the anticipation for Conor McGregor’s next performance all the more exciting.

Could he truly replicate his performance in Cage Rage? Well, Nate Diaz was there to put doubts in everyone’s minds.

UFC 196 put the breaks on the Conor McGregor hype train but it wasn’t able to derail it. McGregor became obsessed with redemption simply because he knew that the only way to make his dream a reality, was to prove that he was still worthy of the accolades he received before his crushing defeat at the hands of Diaz. But though McGregor lost at UFC 196, his comeback win made you believe that the man truly had the heart and the skill to make his dream a reality.

Now as we close in on UFC 205 you can’t help but feel that we’re in tune for something very special come Saturday night. While Eddie Alvarez is no easy task to overcome, can you really imagine if McGregor gets the job done? As much as some people hate the guy, the one thing we all have to admit is that the man has sand, that grit that some individuals are just lacking. He sees the impossible as a challenge, one that should be faced and conquered rather than shied away from.

If Conor McGregor wins the lightweight belt on Saturday night it will be just one more example of why you a person should test their limits. It will be a blueprint to challenging the impossible, the unachievable. You’ll get up on Sunday morning and wonder “just what the hell am I doing with my life?” If you’re not challenging yourself then you just existing. A Conor McGregor win on Saturday could very well be the spark someone needs to fuel their own journey towards greatness. If the result has that kind of positive effect, then, with all due respect to Alvarez, it’s something I’m looking forward to seeing.

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Johny Hendricks vs Neil Magny, Tim Means vs Alex Oliveira set for UFC 207 in Las Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has a pair of interesting welterweight showdowns on tap for the upcoming UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place Sat., Dec. 30, 2016 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

First up is Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny.

Hendricks (17-5) is in dire need of a win, which sounds surprising considering he was welterweight champion roughly two years back. Since then, “Bigg Rigg” has struggled to make weight and dropped three of his last four.

Time to get something going … fast.

Magny (18-5) was slowly but surely climbing his way up the 170-pound ladder — right up until Lorenz Larkin stopped him at UFC 202 back in August. No doubt a win over a tough out like Hendricks will get him right back into the title hunt.

Next we have Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira.

Means (26-7-1) bounced back from a submission loss to Matt Brown by registering back-to-back wins over John Howard (UFC Fight Night 80) and Sabah Homasi (UFC 202). The “Dirty Bird” has 22 finishes in 26 wins.

But he’s not the only one ending fights.

Oliveira (15-4-1, 1 NC) also rebounded from a submission loss to capture two straight. After outpointing James Moontasri at UFC on FOX 20, “Cowboy” stopped Will Brooks in controversial fashion at UFC Fight Night 96.

Fun fight.

UFC 207 will be headlined by the women’s bantamweight championship contest pitting reigning division queenpin Amanda Nunes opposite returning “Rowdy” judoka Ronda Rousey (details). Elsewhere on the card, Alex Garcia and Mike Pyle hook ‘em up for welterweight bragging rights.

Stay tuned for more fight card announcements in the coming weeks, if not days.

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‘Cowboy’ Oliveira to Face Tim Means at UFC 207

The Ultimate Fighting Championship officially announced on Tuesday afternoon that Tim Means will lock horns with Alex Oliveira on the quickly-expanding UFC 207 card at the end of the year, this after the Albuquerque Journal first reported the matchup.
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