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Starting to reflect at 37, Tim Means still plans to be in opponents’ faces

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LAS VEGAS – Tim Means beat Nicolas Dalby with a unanimous decision Saturday on the main card at UFC Fight Night 190 in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Means, who has won three straight after a rough 3-5 stretch.

Nicolas Dalby vs. Tim Means

Result: Tim Means def. Nicolas Dalby via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Updated records: Means (32-12-1 MMA, 14-9 UFC), Dalby (19-4-1 MMA, 3-3-1 UFC) Key stat: Means landed 70 percent of his total strikes.

Means on the fight's key moment

Tim Means

"It’s easy to start getting in on those brawls. Especially in here today, it’s easy to hear the coach’s voice. I heard those guys in the corner and they know the thing to say to get me back on track. I was able to take a big shot in the third, get on autopilot and the wrestling took over, the clinch game and stuff. My coaches have done a great job. We’ve been through a lot together and I’m proud to still be standing here. Starting with them, finishing with them, it’s just a great ride."

Means on being tough to put away

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 26: (R-L) Nicolas Dalby of Denmark punches Tim Means in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

"I’m not going to quit. As long as I have a chance, I can breathe and I can throw punches, I’m going to be in your face fighting you. You might put me out on my shield. I might leave out my shield. But up to that point, you have a rough time in front of you."

Means on what he wants next

"I think I’ve grown by being a better athlete and a better teammate. I’ve grown by being a better coach in the gym and just better at listening overall. I know what it’s like to go through adversity. I know what it's like to have to put your work boots on every day, get up, put the collared shirt on and go to work. I know what it's like to have to dig down and pick yourself up when you hit rock bottom. I’m proud to pass this on to my teammates and my peers." To hear more from Means, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above. [vertical-gallery id=619457] [vertical-gallery id=619455]

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