Means Breakdown Fight with Jorge Masvidal and Gives Alvarez vs Trout Prediction
At 18-3-1 FIT NHB’s Tim Means is one of the most experienced fighters training in the state of New Mexico. With his stellar record and credentials he is also one of the most overlooked nationally. This Saturday night he takes on Jorge Masvidal (23-7) on the UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez Lightweight championship card in San Jose, California, he will finally get his time to shine on a televised portion of UFC on Fox prelims on FX.
This will be the first time Means steps back into the cage since his destruction of Justin Salas in June of 2012. He was scheduled to face Abel Trujillo on the December UFC on Fox 5 card but was forced off due to a unfortunate incident when he slipped and fell in a sauna trying to cut weight the day of weigh-ins. The layoff marks Means’ longest of his career but he saw it as a blessing. He admitted to fighting Salas with a severely injured hand and sees the time off as a blessing.
“I feel heeled up. I really tightened techniques up and got my cardio good,” said Means. “I got a great team here at FIT behind me. They’ve supported me, really pushed me and helped me get my weight and nutrition under control. We’re ready to go steamroll Masvidal.”
Despite the lightweight having joined the UFC with some the highest King of the Cage credentials with 12 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw (his only loss came in a short notice fight at the middleweight division) and a champion at both the Junior Welterweight and Lightweight levels, he continues to be overlooked by the national media. Tapology.com currently has him ranked 49th in the division while FightMatrix.com has him ranked 35th.
His last two outings against Bernardo Magalhaes and Salas have been dominant with the latter contest lasting just over a minute. “If people notice me, they notice me. If not, they’re going to notice when I’m hitting fighters in the face,” says Means.
Recently, Means joined us to preview his fight with Masvidal and even took time to poke fun at himself for the sauna accident. He also gives us his predictions to the Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout world championship boxing contest.
See our full interview with Means…