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Tim Means Pulled From UFC Fight Night 83 After Possible Failed Drug Test

Written by Tom Ngo
February 4th, 2016
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UFC Tim Means

Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means (pictured) is dirty … possibly. At least he’s possibly dirty enough to get yanked from his February 21 scrap against Donald Cerrone.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent third-party company the UFC hired in July to randomly drug test all of their athletes year-round, notified the UFC that Means “potentially” flunked a surprise, out-of-competition drug exam for his UFC Fight Night 83 featured tango against Cerrone.

“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,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “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.”

Means took to Twitter after news broke of his possible positive test result to express his surprise. Apparently, Means was busted for ostarine.

According to supplementpolice.com, “Ostarine” is a type of selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) used to give you steroid-like benefits.”

If found guilty, Means faces at least a two-year suspension.

Means owns a 25-7-1 professional record. The 31-year-old has gone 5-2 since joining the UFC in May 2014, which earned him the main event nod against Cerrone.

Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hosts UFC Fight Night 83.

Here is the show’s current lineup:

Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton

Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch

Shane Campbell vs. James Krausev

Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes

Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs

Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro

Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy

Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker

Donald Cerrone vs. TBD

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