Tim Means Should Be Amongst The Welterweight Scare Pact
By James Lee
In terms of excitement, the welterweight division is above all.
The amount of talent unranked and ranked makes for a shark tank of a division, where losses are instrumental in the trajectory of championship ambitions.
The sheer amount of fighters vying for their chance at gold presents situations where current champion Kamaru Usman had to win nine consecutive times without defeat before finally earning his shot at then champion Tyron Woodley.
Aside from all the excitement at the top, those unranked are who truly make the welterweight division the most exciting in the sport, and Tim Means should be noted amongst that scare pact.
As names like Mike Perry, Niko Price, Gunnar Nelson, Alex Oliveira and many more always guarantee an excitement most cannot match, this Saturday’s card in Rio Rancho should provide Tim Means an opportunity to revitalise his spot amongst those.
Inconsistency has held the American back, but amongst those fighters, losses don’t matter to fans. Excitement does. Although they all aim to continuously win, they will always have a place in the sport because of that excitement.
His merciless pursuit of aggression in his fight against Sabah Homasi was extremely impressive and what the sport has acknowledged for years about ‘The Dirty Bird’.
Saturday poses another unknown opponent for Means. He was initially scheduled to face Ramazan Emeev but he pulled out of the contest due to undisclosed reasons and has been replaced by the relatively unknown Daniel Rodriguez.
Another dominant and vicious performance should build his name to become amongst those who are credited regardless of the result.
Skill-wise and excitement-wise, Means has everything to climb the welterweight division and UFC Rio Rancho is another step towards that and his deserved recognition.
His preliminary headliner spot similarly could draw the same attention as most on the main card and be key to his status increase.