Sergio Moraes earned a modicum of fan recognition by winning a few fights on a season of TUF Brasil, which makes him somewhat valuable to the UFC whenever they do a show in Brazil.
Tim Means is just a dude who’s always willing to throw down. That makes him valuable, too.
Neither man will ever challenge for a belt, but putting them together on a card in Brazil is a “can’t miss” match-up that promises violence. And hey, that’s what we got!
Whatever ground game Moraes hoped to impose on the American, it went out the window once Means started stuffing takedown attempts. Which was fine, because Moraes has wild hooks full of power to rely on when it comes to the stand-up game, and Means loves eating hooks for some reason.
That was the story of Round 1 – other than pulling guard once, Moraes was unable to get the fight to the ground, and Means ate hooks like they were food. Round 2 saw Means make adjustments and nail the Brazilian with more kicks and punches than he ate.
Moraes was very much running out of steam in the third, and even flopped to guard, hoping that Means would join him for some odd reason. Time expired with the duo slugging it out, and since this fight took place in Brazil…
Results: Sergio Moraes def. Tim Means via Split Decision