Tim Means (25-7) was set to make his return to the octagon against Sean Strickland, but an injury forcing Strickland off the card put his return in jeopardy, until Sabah Homasi (11-5) was announced to step in on short notice.
Although this is Homasi’s first official fight under the UFC, he was first discovered on Tuf American Top Team vs. Blackzillians. Although he lost his bout on the show by a narrow decision, the American Top Team fighter is no slouch and will be a tough opponent for Tim Means. Homasi has been 3-0 in the year 2016, with all 3 fights being either KO or TKO finishes inside 2 rounds. He will for sure be getting the biggest test of his career when he fights a 32 fight veteran in Tim Means.
Means made his debut in the UFC in 2012, going 2-2 in his stint before being cut. In his defense, his two losses came against very respectable opponents in Jorge Masdival and Danny Castillo. After winning two fights in the regional circuit he was brought back by the promotion in 2014. In his first bout back he lost a decision against Neil Magny but never looked back, putting together an impressive 4 fight win streak. His streak was put to an end in a loss against Matt Brown but he was able to bounce back quick, finishing John Howard. He was set to headline an event for the first time in his career against Donald Cerrone until a supplement was found in a drug test by USADA, giving him a 6 month suspension. He is now looking to return to action for the first time since the failed test.
They will be fighting on the prelims of one of the biggest cards of the year in UFC 202, headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.