Danish fighter Nicolas Dalby (19-3-1, 2NC) and veteran Tim Means (31-12-1, 1 NC, 13-9 UFC) will compete on June 26 at the UFC's "Fight Night 190" event . The fight was arranged as a result of several unfortunate circumstances, but no one will complain about a matchup like this where two uncompromising fighters are paired.
Tim Means was originally scheduled to fight Danny Roberts this weekend, but his opponent had to cancel the fight due to the COVID-19 protocol. Means didn’t wait long to contract a replacement fight. The perfect opportunity opened up with an injury of Sergey Khandozko.
Namely, the Russian fighter was supposed to fight Nicolas Dalby on June 26. As Dalby and Means are both welterweight fighters, UFC matchmakers didn’t miss the opportunity and we got an early candidate to fight tonight at an event led by a heavyweight showdown between Cyril Gane and Alexander Volkov.
Tim Means is currently on a two-win streak, and his last fight was in November at the UFC 255 event. He then defeated Mike Perry by unanimous decision after a very good fight. Three months earlier, he had beaten Argentine Laurean Staropoli.
He will now be looking for his third win in a row, and that would be his best run since 2015 when he had four wins in a row within the world’s strongest promotion.
"The Dirty Bird" debuted in the UFC back in 2012, and with 37 years on his back, he shows that he is still in a good shape.
On the other hand, Nicolas Dalby (3-3-1, 1NC UFC) is undefeated in three fights after returning to the UFC. As a reminder, Dalby made his UFC debut back in 2015. Elize Zaleski dos Santos lost to the Dane in his debut, before Dalby then recorded a draw against Darren Till.
However, this was followed by three defeats in a row and a return to the Cage Warriors. With good performances in the British promotion, he managed to return to the UFC. Dalby defeated Alex Oliveira in the first fight after his return to then lose by choking in the first round against Jesse Ronson.
However, Ronson tested positive for doping and the outcome of the fight was changed to "No contest" In his last appearance, Dalby somewhat surprisingly defeated Daniel Rodriguez by a unanimous referee decision.
Can the Dane finally make a breakthrough and enter the winning streak for the first time as a member of the UFC or a veteran like Tim Means is too much for him. It remains to be seen, but the excitement should not be lacking.