Welterweight Tim Means has been pulled from the UFC Fight Night 83 main event after failing an out-of-competition drug test.
Means (25-7-1) was expected to face Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at the Feb. 21 event at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, but has been removed from the fight card. The fight promotion plans to announce a replacement in the coming days.
The UFC released a statement on the development on Wednesday.
“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,” read the release.
“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 had won five of his last six fights. He knocked out John Howard in his last outing in December.