Tim Means and his growing fanbase have received some good news today, as USADA’s announced the fighter has only been suspended six months, retroactively, as a result of failed drug test earlier this year.
Means was supposed to fight Donald Cerrone at UFC FN 83 on February 21st, but in January, it was reported he had tested positive for Ostarine. Means denied taking any banned substance knowingly, however, and proceeded to have the supplements he was taking tested.
On Thursday, USADA informed MMA Fighting.com the following:
“Following notification of his positive test, Means provided USADA with a sealed container of one of the dietary supplement products he was using at the time of the relevant sample collection,” USADA said in a press release. “Although no prohibited substances were listed on the supplement label, testing conducted on the product by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, indicated that it contained Ostarine.”
So, since Means’ suspension is retroactive, he could be booked to fight sometime in August. The noted finisher was initially facing a two year ban.
“The Dirty Bird”, who is coming off a highlight reel, KO win over John Howard in December, is 4-1 in his last 5 contests. The only man to defeat him during that time is welterweight contender Matt Brown.