UFC welterweight Tim Means has accepted a six-month suspension stemming from an anti-doping violation for a tainted supplement, USADA announced Friday.
The suspension is retroactive to Feb. 3, when Means was flagged as a result of an out-of-competition test. “The Dirty Bird” was provisionally suspended and removed from his Feb. 21 headlining bout against Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh.
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It was later revealed that Means tested positive on Jan. 21 for the banned substance ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator that can aid steroid-like muscle growth without the side effects. “The Dirty Bird” initially faced a two-year suspension, but the sanctions were reduced when it was determined that the positive test came as a result of a tainted supplement.
Means last competed at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas, where he scored a second-round knockout of John Howard on Dec. 10. The FIT-NHB representative has won five of his last six fights in the Octagon.