It looks like the anticipated UFC Pittsburgh headliner needs to be re-tooled. The UFC just sent out a release stating that Tim Means has been suspended for a USADA drug testing violation, so his February 26th bout with Donald Cerrone is off. Here’s the statement:
“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.
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.
Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Right after the message came out, Means commented about the situation on Twitter:
Fucccck that came out of left field! @usantidoping
— tim means (@MeansTim) February 4, 2016
@usantidoping showing up early before my first cup of coffee! Good talk! #cleanfighter
— tim means (@MeansTim) January 21, 2016
Means (25-7-1) is coming off a knockout win over John Howard at UFC Fight Night 80 in December.
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