Tim Means is the latest fighter to have been flagged by USADA for a potential drug test failure and as such has been pulled from his UFC Fight Night 83 headline bout with Donald Cerrone.
Means is believed to have failed an out-of-competition test and came up positive for Ostarine, a performance enhancing drug which is used to prevent and treat muscle wasting.
“F*cccck that came out of left field!” Means exclaimed on Twitter after been told of the anti-doping violation. “Never even heard of ostarine! Look at my physic. Do I look like a steroid user! Lol.”
Known as ‘The Dirty Bird’, the 31 year-old Means has been fighting for the UFC since 2012 and has so far compiled a 9-4 record, most recently defeating John Howard by KO at UFC Fight Night 80 this past December.
Means had been intended to welcome Cerrone’s to the welterweight division on February 21st, but now that he’s out, the UFC have said that will now be hunting for an alternative opponent for ‘Cowboy’.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Tim Means of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection,” an official statemetn from the UFC said. “USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.
“However, because Means was scheduled to compete against Donald Cerrone on February 21 in Pittsburgh, there is insufficient time for a full review and proper promotion before the scheduled bout. As a result, UFC will announce shortly a replacement opponent for Cerrone on the UFC Fight Night card in Pittsburgh.”