Justin Salas (white trunks) was successful in his UFC debut - Photo by Ross Dettman for ESPN.com
Two UFC newcomers who both won their debut fights at UFC on Fuel TV 1 back in February, are now set to collide in Florida on June 8th, as Tim Means will face Justin Salas in a lightweight bout at UFC on FX 3, according to UFC.com.
Means, better known as "The Dirty Bird", is a New Mexico native and trains out of the Fit NHB team that was once home to Carlos Condit. A veteran of King of the Cage where he held the promotion's lightweight title until his UFC debut, Means employs an aggressive striking game which has earned him 12 knockouts in 17 career wins. Riding a nine-fight unbeaten streak, Means was signed by the UFC as a short-notice replacement and most didn't give him much of a chance against BJJ black belt, Bernardo Magalhaes, but Means proved the doubters wrong by absolutely dominating Magalhaes, busting him up on the feet and dropping heavy ground-and-pound on the mat en-route to lopsided decision win.
Salas was a highly-touted prospect and product of the Grudge Training Center in Colorado, also home to Nate Marquart, Shane Carwin, and Duane Ludwig among other notable fighters. After ranking as the #4 lightweight on Bloody Elbow's 2012 World MMA Scouting Report, Salas was signed by the UFC to face a fellow prospect and UFC debutante, Finland's Anton Kuivanen on the same Fuel TV card that saw Means make his debut in February. Salas successfully employed his strong wrestling skills to mitigate the striking and submissions of Kuivanen, and won a unanimous decision, but it wasn't much of an entertaining fight, and he'll have to show more of a killer instinct if he wants to make the most of his UFC contract.
Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means (17-3-1)
W Bernardo Magalhaes (unam. decision) - UFC on Fuel TV 1
W Tye Brown (TKO) - KOTC: Total Destruction
W Mario Ramos (TKO) - KOTC: High Performance
Justin "J-Bomb" Salas (10-3)
W Anton Kuivanen (unam. decision) - UFC on Fuel TV 1
W Joe Ellenberger (unam. decision) - Victory Fighting Championship 36
W Rob Emerson (unam. decision) - Full Force Fighting: Volume 1