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Tim Means on USADA situation: 'I haven't done anything wrong'

Tim Means, who was removed from a big fight due to a potential USADA violation, isn't sure how he could have possibly failed a test.

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Tim Means can't figure out why he's in the position he's in at the moment. The UFC welterweight had been expecting to take part in the biggest bout of his career, a headlining fight against Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 83 on February 21st. Instead, he's now provisionally suspended due to a potential violation of the USADA drug code.

Means allegedly tested positive for ostarine, but told MMA Fighting that he's not sure how that could have happened:

"I'm losing sleep over this because I don't know where it's at. I don't know whether something was tainted or it was a supplement. That's the thing that's annoying me, that I can't put my finger on it.

"And if you look at my backstory, I own up to everything I do wrong. If I made a mistake in a fight, I live up to it. I don't blame my coaches. I made a mistake with drug possession in the past and drug abuse in the past - I accepted those responsibilities and had to admit to it. I don't have problems admitting to my issues, and this is not one of my issues. I ingested something accidentally or it's a botched lab test on their part."


"It’s not making sense for sure, man. It’s not my style to cut corners, it’s not my style to point the figure and not take responsibility for the things I do wrong. I’m not sorry in this instance. I haven’t done anything wrong. I did not intentionally ingest an anabolic agent...I think I’m completely done with supplements, man. I’ll get it through food and take my chances with nutrition that way."

Means is appealing the decision and having his B sample tested, which is his right. But if he can't prove his innocence he's looking at a suspension in the 2-4 year range, which he says will lead him to get another job.

In the meantime, Alex Oliveira was tapped to replace Means and he'll fight Cerrone in Pittsburgh later this month.

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