‘That’ll Be Dynamite’- Tim Means Eyes a ‘Fun Fight’ With Nick Diaz

Published 07/01/2021, 7:18 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 20: Tim Means poses on the scale during the UFC 255 weigh-in at UFC APEX on November 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC welterweight veteran Tim Means recently fought against Nicolas Dalby at UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov and picked up a unanimous decision win. This win was his third in succession and now he is looking forward to featuring in big fights.

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‘The Dirty Bird’ already has names in his mind for his next bout. One name on his list is the former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz.

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: (R-L) Nick Diaz taunts Georges St-Pierre in their welterweight championship bout during the UFC 158 event at Bell Centre on March 16, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I think a fight with a guy like Nick Diaz would be fun as hell if he says he’s willing to fight anybody,” Means told MMA Junkie. “But he seems to be only chirping at the guys with big, huge names or whatever.”

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“But I’ve been doing this a long time, and if he wants a fun fight, I think that’ll be dynamite, and we’ll see if we can get that dude out of there real quick. He comes with a cool following and a lot of fans behind him, but it’ll just be me and him locked in the cage.”

Nick Diaz has been out of action since 2015. However, his manager claimed that his client is eyeing a return and would compete in the welterweight division.

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UFC President Dana White, too, gave some positive details about the Stockton native. According to him, we could see Diaz fighting sometime later this year.

Tim Means also open to a fight with Matt Brown

Means is currently enjoying a good run of form. This is the first time since 2015 that he has won three consecutive fights. Apart from his recent win over Dalby, he had picked up unanimous decision wins over Laureano Staropoli and ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry.

If not Diaz, ‘The Dirty Bird’ is also willing to face Matt Brown, who defeated him last time when they squared off at UFC 189. “Anyone in the top 10, hell anyone in the top 15,” said Means. Interestingly, Brown is the fighter who snapped Means’ previous lengthy win streak.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (L-R) Matt Brown punches Carlos Condit in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I saw Matt Brown won the other day. I’d like to get one of those fights back. He beat me here in Vegas, but I just feel like I’m a completely different fighter than I was at those times.”

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Tim Means asserted he is calmer in his approach nowadays, and looking at his present record, he wants to fight top-ranked fighters only.

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What did you make of Means’ wish of fighting Nick Diaz? Will he get that fight, or will the UFC hand him a shot at redemption against Matt Brown?

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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