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Tim Means working full-time job during suspension, plans on taking legal action

<p dir="ltr">Tim Means will be working a full-time job during his absence from the octagon.</p> <p dir="ltr">Means was suspended for six months by USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, following his failure of an out-of-competition drug test. The 32-year old, who was preparing for a main event bout against Donald Cerrone, tested positive for Ostarine that he never took intentionally. After further investigation, it was proven that a nutritional supplement that Means took was tainted with the performance-enhancing drug, which is why he received a six-month suspension as opposed to the typical two-year suspension.</p> <p dir="ltr">Means <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/6/14/11922054/tim-means-got-job-as-metal-fabricator-during-usada-suspension-hopes-ufc-august-return">spoke to MMAFighting.com</a> to discuss his thoughts on his unfortunate situation and his plans during his absence from the octagon. A father of two, Means said he got a job as a metal fabricator to make a living until he&rsquo;s allowed to fight again.</p> <blockquote> <p dir="ltr">&quot;I went and got another job,&quot; Means said. &quot;I couldn&rsquo;t be in fight mode then. I was aggravated and didn&rsquo;t need to have my mindset in a fist fight, so I went and started learning how to do metal fabricating. I went from something where I was team captain in my trade to the lower end of the totem pole, to the bottom. It was a very humbling experience.</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;The suspension that they offered, I put the worst-case scenario in my head. I have two daughters that are permanently living with me now, so there was no time to sit and wait and let stress build up. I had to keep my mind busy.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Means went into further detail about the other losses he suffered for unintentionally taking the PED. On top of losing a payday for his main event bout against Donald Cerrone, at one point, he considered retiring from the sport entirely.</p> <blockquote> <p dir="ltr">&quot;I wasn&rsquo;t really interested in MMA,&quot; Means said. &quot;I was mad. I was mad at it. I threw my whole life into mixed martial arts, and I had to step back and let USADA do its tests. [UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance] Jeff Novitsky helped me, and we brought [attorney] Howard Jacobs in, so I let them do what they do, and I just tried to step back and stay sane and realize how much I do love mixed martial arts.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;People have been sued for a lot less &ndash; main event, lost wages, there&rsquo;s a lot left on the table. That&rsquo;s something I&rsquo;m going to let Howard Jacobs handle, my attorney. He&rsquo;s very interested and very good at what he does. So I&rsquo;m going to let him handle that aspect. I just have to get back to doing my job.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Means is coming off of a <em>Performance of the Night</em> knockout victory over John Howard and will be able to return in August.</p>

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Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.

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