Tim Means must have known he was at war with Mike Perry, but in the end he just had the best artillery.
The veteran welterweight did his best to avoid engaging in too many wild trades while displaying a strong technical kickboxing attack that left Perry with a broken nose and blood streaming down his face. In the end, Means took a unanimous decision victory with the judges scoring the bout 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 in his favor.
“I did my best to cut it,” Means said after the win. “I tried my best to hurt him but he’s a tough guy. He caught my attention and I wanted to raise my hand.
In a surprising move to start the fight, Perry actually chose to seek a pullout, which perhaps caught Means off guard in what was to be a battle between two hard-hitting attackers. Perry almost clung to a bare rear choke, but Means survived before getting back to his feet.
While he had to beware of Perry’s knockout power, Means began to bring him down while establishing a stiff jab, then looking to connect with each combination. Means’ ability to throw forehands down the middle gave Perry fits, as his head constantly receded whenever he got caught moving forward.
Just when it looked like Means was gaining the upper hand, Perry plowed forward and cracked “The Dirty Bird” with a clubbing right hand. Means faltered momentarily, but he quickly recovered to rely on his precise strike again, then straying from the path of Perry’s haymaking attempts in return.
With just over two minutes to go, Means and Perry decided to start trading heavy leather with the two exploding fighters without either of them giving an inch. Means eventually gave up on the slugfest and relied on the same straight punches that saw Perry leave the Octagon with a crooked nose and several cuts from the punishment he endured.
The victory means moves to 3-1 in his last four fights as he continues to prove he’s a problem for anyone in the welterweight division. As for Perry, he failed to gain weight on Friday and then suffered a loss on Saturday dropping to 7-7 overall in the UFC.