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UFC On FOX 7: Tim Means Vs. Jorge Masvidal

Tim Means vs. Jorge Masvidal

Back to the ranks of the 155-pounders, as Tim Means (18-3-1) takes on Jorge Masvidal (23-7). Mike Beltran is the referee in charge. Means is unbeaten in his last 11 fights, while Masvidal is set to make his Octagon debut.

Round 1: Masvidal is a former contender to the Strikeforce lightweight title, falling to Gilbert Melendez. Means, though, has the UFC experience, winning his first two fights inside the Octagon. Means with a nice straight left to the sternum, and they exchange kicks to the body. Masvidal catches him with a right. Means throws a spinning elbow that connects. Wouldn’t that be something if the entire night featured finishes? Of course, I probably just jinxed it and we’ll have zero finishes the rest of the way. Masvidal gets the first takedown off a single-leg and quickly works in a hook on the back. Nothing there and they square back off.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 2: Masvidal goes for a double-leg takedown and scores, working from the guard. Big upkick from Means – ala Benson Henderson – connects, as he gets up. In that exchange, Means was the winner, as he also landed elbows from the ground. Another takedown by Masvidal, who takes the back as we go under three minutes. Masvidal with another takedown, but hasn’t really been able to do much damage while in the top position. Big elbows by Masvidal as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 3: Means tags him, but Masvidal just drops his hands and shakes, saying “that didn’t hurt.” Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t. Another two lefts get through by Means. Masvidal catches the left kick, but Means throws a knee with his right and keeps his balance. Masvidal to the clinch and scores a takedown, his fifth, and adds an elbow. Means lands another elbow, but Masvidal with a takedown. Means answers with more elbows from the ground and even takes a glance over to Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg at Octagon-side. When you break this fight down in terms of damage done, Means would look like the winner, as he has done more work. But, Masvidal has controlled the bout and scored six takedowns. Under a minute, and Means continues to do work from the bottom. Means reverses and mounts, but Masvidal slips out. Means finishes on top, reigning down big lefts.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Means

Jorge Masvidal def. Tim Means unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)