Sunday Dcember 13, 2015– Three days of UFC action kicked off on December 10, 2015 with the FightPass Card featuring Paige VanZant and Rose Namajunas. An action packed evening with a highlight being an awesome second round KO by Tim “Dirty Bird” Means against John Howard Advancing “Dirty Birds” MMA record to 25-7-1.
I had the honor of speaking with Tim as a fan and journalist. Having followed his career over the years I must admit I wanted to go full fan girl. Tim has had a long journey in MMA and some highs n lows in his personal life along the way. It seems that a lot of that is permanently behind him. Continuing to do what he loves is more important than just focusing on the welter weight belt.
“I’m centered and happy, there’s nothing like getting to do what you love to do and want to do. If I happen to get in a title fight then that’s a bonus, but I’m making a living doing this and that’s just awesome.”
How does that clean KO feel and fight bonus?
“KO wins always feel good. People see a skinny guy win the fight but I have real good power. My second performance bonus this year so I am very happy! Thank you to TrentCotney.com, Unleashed Sports Nutrition, Reebok, DamageControl, and my team at FitNhb. Also Thank you to Dwayne at Functional Fury.”
The UFC Press Conference had the subdued and accomplished Means sitting next to young and up and coming Sage Northcutt. An interesting juxtaposition of the experience and laid back demeanor of Tim ️vs the excitable fresh face of the promotion.
What where you thinking sitting next to Northcutt?
“He’s a hyper kid, super happy, he’s taking it all in, in the sports biggest stage and he’s handling it well.”
Means last fight was a highly anticipated scrap against Matt the immortal Brown. Tim got some good shots off but lost by Sub in the first.
After the Matt Brown fight what adjustments if any did you and your team make?
“I had my chances to win the Matt Brown fight, I made adjustments to not stand on the line after I landed punches, to hit and move, and that played out in this last fight.”
The 170 pound division is stacked with beasts. Many great match ups to come. Champion Robbie Lawler takes on Carlos Condit in January. UFC 194 gave us a brutal fight with Damian Maia vs Gunnar Nelson.
With some time to think is there a rematch you want? Or just heading up the ranks?
“I’ll take a rematch against any of the guys I’ve lost to, I don’t really have anyone to call out. There’s too many fun fights to call out one in particular.”
Means fights out of New Mexico at FITNHB, home to some up and coming talent in multiple MMA promotions.
What’s it like to train there?
“We have a good group of people to work with, no egos, we’re all there to help each other out with their fights. It’s a fun environment and we take pride in knowing that we’ve done all the work possible going into our fights. New Mexico WildBunch”
New Mexico is also home to new Bantam Weight Champ Holly Holm. Which recently saw a proud community come out and support their home town girl as she brought home the strap.
What was it like to see everyone come out to support an MMA Fighter like that?
“I think it was cool to see Holly get the support that she deserved. It was her biggest win in boxing or MMA and it was cool to see New Mexico come together and support one of their own fighters. We don’t do enough of that together.”
This same weekend One FC had the unfortunate loss of a fighters life due to weight cutting complications. With the UFC IV ban in effect, I asked how he safely cuts these days.
“I’ve learned how to do it correctly without putting myself in danger. It sucks for the young man who died, these things happen because you don’t know what you’re doing. I think the UFC has done a good job at drug testing and paying attention to fighters weight cuts and banning IV’s.”
So, in such a stacked division who would you like to see Means take on next? Commemt below! Who ever it is, Means has the support of FightbookMMA.com.
By: Korey Lane
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