The UFC Fight Night card needs to be changed. According to sources, the upcoming fight night in Pittsburg will need a new main event after Tim Means was pulled from the show due to possible anti-doping violation.
According to Fox Sports reports, the UFC official made the announcement just two weeks ahead of the main-event scheduled for February 21.
The statement reads, “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.”
The statement further stated, “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 was supposed to headline his first UFC card at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Means was positively tested for the first time in his career.
The ESPN quotes, “Under the guidelines of the UFC’s anti-doping policy, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Means (25-7-1) has the right to an appellate process.”
But even with this ruling, the promotion had to remove Tim as the fight is just three weeks away. Going through the appeal motions might take more than 3 weeks.
According to a UFC release, “the USADA flagged Means for a potential violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test. Further information was not immediately available.”