UFC releases Tim Means, already scheduled for fight in September

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Time Means has become the most recent fighter to hit the chopping block after a unanimous decision loss to Danny Castillo at UFC on Fox 8.

If ever there was a fatal combination in the UFC, Tim Means had it. Coming off an exciting loss to Jorge Masvidal Means stepped up on short notice to fight Danny Castillo on the UFC's July 27 card in Seattle. Unfortunately, he missed weight badly and proceeded to lose a lackluster fight in which he spent equal amounts of time egging his opponent on, getting taken down, and letting a much less polished striker go punch for punch with him. Two straight losses, the second one a snoozer, and a missed weight cut is the recipe for disaster in the UFC, and disaster has struck.

Means has been served his release from the worlds top MMA promotion, but for those who have become fans of the "Dirty Bird" in his brief UFC tenure (such as myself) never fear, he'll be back in action next month headlining Legacy FC 23 against long time vet Pete Spratt. MMAJunkie had the news of Means' release and upcoming fight plans.

Spratt had been slated to take on 11-5 Danny Salinas, but Salinas was forced to withdraw due to injury. Mick Maynard, Legacy FC's promoter, reports that verbal agreements are in place for Spratt vs. Means and that the bout will take place at Welterweight.

At 29 Means is still young enough to make a quick turnaround back to the top, and headlining regional cards is a good step in that direction. Even at 42, Spratt is a decent test on the non-UFC/Bellator circuit as he only tends to lose to high calibur competition and has still never been KO'd/TKO'd despite a career record of 25-22 stretching back to 1999. Legacy FC 23 takes place September 13 from San Antonio, Texas and will air live on AXS TV. Be sure to check back for more event details as the card draws nearer.

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