UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov: Tim Means vs Nicolas Dalby: Prediction and Analysis

Published 06/24/2021, 1:44 PM 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 Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov will see a welterweight clash between Tim Means and Nicolas Dalby go down in the main card. Both fighters are coming off wins at the moment. They will look to keep the momentum going with yet another triumph this weekend.

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Means has been fighting in the UFC since 2012 over two spans in the promotion. He earned a decision against Mike Perry in his last fight in November 2020. ‘The Dirty Bird’ defeated Laureano Staropoli prior to that via decision as well. He has won 3 out of his last 5 fights inside the UFC Octagon.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: (R-L) Tim Means punches Mike Perry in their welterweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Dalby, on the other hand, is undefeated in the promotion since his return. He notably holds a draw against former welterweight title challenger, Darren Till in 2016 during his first stint with the organization. He earned decision wins against Daniel Rodriguez and Alex Oliveira since rejoining the UFC.

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Means has a professional record of 31-12 with 24 finishes on his resume. 19 T/KO and 5 submission wins rack up those numbers for ‘The Dirty Bird’. The Danish, Dalby holds a record of 19-3. ‘Lokomotivo’ has a total of 10 finishes in his resume. 6 T/KO and 4 submission wins comprise those numbers for him.

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Tim Means vs Nicolas Dalby: Analysis

Dalby has a great record. But he has some holes in his game too. Those have been prominent especially in his recent fights. Against an experienced campaigner like Means, that can prove to be a recipe for disaster.

Means is a seasoned veteran and has really polished striking game. So, Dalby might just be biting more than he can chew against someone like Means.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Opponents Mike Perry and Tim Means face off during the UFC 255 weigh-in at UFC APEX on November 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Means throws some really good straight shots at his opponents. Dalby’s defense needs to be on point for that. His last opponent Daniel Rodriguez didn’t quite exploit those facts. But Means is certainly mean enough to that.

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‘The Dirty Bird’ should catch Dalby with some straight shots down the line and eventually finish the fight by T/KO during the early exchanges at the start of the contest.

Final Prediction: Tim ‘The Dirty Bird’ Means by first-round T/KO.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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