Tim Means had to know he was at war with Mike Perry, but in the end he just had the better artillery.
The veteran’s welterweight did his best to avoid engaging in too many wild exchanges, while exhibiting a strong technical kickboxing offense that left Perry with a broken nose and blood flowing down his face. In the end, Means earned a unanimous victory with the referees scoring the match 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 in his favor.
“I did my best to cut him up,” Means said after the win. “I did my best to hurt him, but he’s a tough ass guy. He got my attention and I wanted to have my hand raised. ”
In a surprising move to start the fight, Perry actually chose to look for a removal that may have caught Means on guard in what was expected to be a fight between two hard-hitting strikes. Perry was almost stuck on a naked choke, but Means survived before working his way back to his feet.
Just as it looked like Means was taking over, Perry plowed forward, cracking “The Dirty Bird” with a clubbing right hand. The funds were wobbled briefly, but he quickly recovered to rely on his exact strike and then move away from Perry’s tried hay makers in return.
With just over two minutes left, Means and Perry just decided to start trading heavy leather with both warriors just blasting away with neither of them giving an inch. Funds eventually left the slug party, relying on the same straight punches that saw Perry leave the octagon with a twisted nose and several cuts from the punishment he endured.
The win moves Means to 3-1 in his last four games as he continues to prove he is a problem for everyone in the welterweight division. As for Perry, he failed to gain weight on Friday and then suffered a loss on Saturday as he fell to 7-7 overall in the UFC.