Tim Means knows how to conduct crowd-pleasing business in the cage.
The longtime Fit NHB representative will square off with former Titan Fighting Championship titleholder Belal Muhammad in a three-round welterweight showcase at UFC Fight Night 121 this Saturday at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship visits Australia for the first time in 2017. Means last competed at UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25, when he was awarded a unanimous decision over Tristar Gym export Alex Garcia. Known for his liberal use of close-quarters elbow strikes and a propensity for firefights, he has compiled a 9-5 record with one no-contest across two stints in the UFC.
As Means makes his final preparations before facing Muhammad in a featured matchup at 170 pounds, here are some of the numbers that have come to define him:
1: Draw on his resume. Means fought Dom O’Grady to a stalemate at a King of the Cage event on July 30, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta.
2: Post-fight performance bonuses won in his 15 UFC appearances. Means was awarded $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonuses in his first-round technical knockout of Dhiego Lima at UFC 184 and his second-round knockout of John Howard at UFC Fight Night 80.
3: Countries in which Means has competed as a mixed martial artist. They are the United States, Brazil and Canada. Australia will be the fourth.
4: Professional losses by submission. Spencer Fisher, Jaime Jara, Matt Brown and Alex Oliveira were the perpetrators, with all four utilizing chokes.
14: Opponents stopped inside one round. Means has closed out fights in four, nine, 30, 46, 66, 67, 77 and 98 seconds.
17: Fighters other than Means who have held the King of the Cage lightweight championship. They are O’Grady, Charlie Kohler, Javier Vazquez, Alberto Crane, Thomas Schulte, Joe Stevenson, Takumi Nakayama, Mac Danzig, Clay French, Rory MacDonald, Tony Hervey, David Shepherd, Bobby Green, J.C. Cottrell, Victor Meza, Alex Reyes and Juan Archuleta.
22: Finishes among his 27 career victories. Means has delivered four of his wins by submission and 18 more by knockout or technical knockout.
33: Years of age. When Means was born in Wilburton, Oklahoma, on Feb. 20, 1984, Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon” was the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.
66.3: Percent of significant strikes successfully defended in Ultimate Fighting Championship competition, per FightMetric. That number ties Means for sixth in the category among active UFC competitors with at least five fights at 170 pounds, trailing only Georges St. Pierre (73.0), Nordine Taleb (68.2), Tyron Woodley (68.0), Robert Whittaker (67.1) and Kelvin Gastelum (66.4).
186: Wins between the eight men who have defeated Means. They are Oliveira, Brown, Jara, Fisher, Neil Magny, Jorge Masvidal, Danny Castillo and Luke Caudillo.