The big stage seemed to suit Tim Means just fine in August.
So, the UFC has invited him back for another.
The Journal has learned Means, who trains at Albuquerque’s FIT-NHB, will fight Brazil’s Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in a welterweight bout at the Dec. 30 UFC 207 in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
That pay-per-view event will be headlined by the return of Ronda Rousey vs. women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
The 32-year-old Means (26-7-1) is on a two fight win streak and coming off an impressive second round TKO of Sabah Homasi on the main card at UFC 202 in August, another of the UFC’s 2016 super events that was headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz, which was also in T-Mobile Arena.
Oliveira (15-4-1) is also on a two-fight win streak and most recently beat Will Brooks on Oct. 1 in Portland.
KENNEDY: Welcome back, Tim Kennedy.
The popular fighter who has been on hiatus from the sport for more than two years since his controversial loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 178, is back in Albuquerque training at Jackson-Wink MMA for his UFC 205 showdown with former Jackson-Wink fighter “Suga” Rashad Evans on Nov. 12 in New York, headlined by McGregor fighting lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
The middleweight (185 pounds) fight between Kennedy (18-5) and Evans (19-5-1) will be on the prelims card for UFC 205, which will be the first ever UFC event in the state of New York and also features fellow Jackson-Wink fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone fighting Kelvin Gastelum.