Tim Means will no longer be facing Donald Cerrone later this month at UFC Fight Night 83.
The USADA informed the UFC that an out-of-competition drug test provided by Means came back with a potential violation of the new drug testing policy.
Means, who has won five of six overall, stated his thoughts on social media:
Fucccck that came out of left field! @usantidoping
— tim means (@MeansTim) February 4, 2016
Below is the complete statement from the UFC, which admits they would have likely left Means in the headline bout through a review, but due to the pressing nature of the fight, could not do so:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Tim Means of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. However, because Means was scheduled to compete against Donald Cerrone on February 21 in Pittsburgh, there is insufficient time for a full review and proper promotion before the scheduled bout. As a result, UFC will announce shortly a replacement opponent for Cerrone on the UFC Fight Night card in Pittsburgh.
Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.