In Las Vegas, Nevada, Moriarty MMA welterweight Tim Means defeated Mike Perry by unanimous decision Saturday on UFC 255.
The official scorecards read 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 for Means, who improved his record to 31-12-1. Perry fell to 14-7.
In the Octagon afterward, Means said he took some extra pleasure from the victory, partly because of some Perry trash talk but mostly because he earned not only his contracted pay but 30% of Perry’s. Perry forfeited that amount because he failed to make the 170-pound welterweight limit.
“I did my best to hurt him, but man, he’s a tough-ass dude,” said Means, who trains in Albuquerque at FIT-NHB, after the action-packed fight.
Perry won the first round on two of the three official scorecards, but Means’ punches from his southpaw stance took their toll — as reflected by the damage to Perry’s face — in rounds two and three, won by Means on all three cards.
“I knew he would come in strong with some determination, so I just had to weather that storm and get him later in the rounds and start picking him apart,” Means said. “Strong and durable, he doesn’t take a step back even when you hit him with a solid shot. Guy just has a ton of heart and is very strong.