After Getting Shot & Going Through Addiction, Tim Means Building UFC Career


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Tim Means is a fighter.

The 28-year-old has been shot, addicted to drugs and also served time in prison. He survived all of those ordeals, though, and is now 2-0 in the UFC. Ahead of his Dec. 8 bout against Abel Trujillo at UFC on Fox 5, Means joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” show and discussed his past with host Jack Encarnacao.

On getting shot: “I went out partying one night with some buddies, got drunk and winded up at a local business here. One thing led to another, walked outside a little while later and a guy winded up shooting six of us.

On what started the incident: “In all honesty, we supposedly cut in line and the guys had recognized me from a local fight organization. ... They didn’t want to fight then. We shook hands and left it alone. He winded up calling his cousin up. About an hour later, we walked outside and the dude just started shooting at us, no questions said, no nothing. He just started firing into a bunch of us.”

On where he was hit: “My femoral artery in my left thigh. I have about an eight- or nine-inch scar on my left thigh from where they had to cut me open, go in and tie my femoral artery. They said I was bleeding to death. I had a good buddy named Brian Shaw who wrapped a belt around my leg, and supposedly that saved my life. I was bleeding pretty good, so thanks to Brian Shaw for saving me that night. I thought I was going to die.”

On fighting two weeks later: “I had gauze all shoved in my wound. We didn’t really have commissions then. Mixed martial arts was pretty new, so I tried to tough it out and it did not work out for me. ... I didn’t take the injury very well because I had never been injured like that. I came back a couple of weeks later. I tried to fight Spencer Fisher and I tried to fight Luke Caudillo just a couple of weeks after being shot and I ripped stitches in my leg and had to get taken to the hospital and have surgery again. ... From that point on, I really started hitting the party scene and life pretty hard. It got me sent to prison after that.”

On when his problems with drugs started: “Right after I got shot in 2004. I had prescriptions for morphine and Vicodin, and from there once the prescriptions ran out, it went into cocaine and meth.”

On meth: “I didn’t know anything about it. I just snorted a line, started smoking it and I knew it kept me high and made me feel real good. I thought I was Superman for a while until I started looking back and I’m two years in and I’m like, whoa, wait a minute. Everything just feels like a big blur.”

On hitting rock bottom: “I wasn’t taking care of myself. I wasn’t taking baths and I wasn’t eating. All I could think about was getting high or when I could get my next fix. It doesn’t get lower than that.”

On getting sent to prison on drug-related charges: “I got out on probation, went back to see the judge again, drug-related again. Judge Jones was a family friend of ours. I kept lying to him, and he’s not a dumb guy. He looked right through me. I didn’t need to get a felony. I wanted to just have a misdemeanor, but [I had] enough time on those misdemeanors to send me to New Mexico state prison. I got to go get my prison number, but I don’t have any felonies, so that’s a good thing, I guess.”

On how getting shot and going to prison helped turn his life around: “I was getting pretty cocky. I was building a name for myself here on the local circuit in mixed martial arts. People had already been putting me on a pedestal, so I wasn’t having to live up to that fighter because I was already that fighter. People were already making me this big image here. I wasn’t having to put the training in. I wasn’t going into the gym to filter my anger. I was getting into street fights. I think the shooting and the drug addiction was a blessing in disguise because from there, I got sent to the department of corrections. There, I was able to correct myself. I was able to go to school in there. I was able to program and work. I went to prison, but in a lot of ways, it saved my life. I’d be deeper in drugs right now or I’d be dead. Without being shot and going through that route, I don’t think I’d be here right now.”

On his upcoming fight against Trujillo: “If I lose this fight, then I’ll get set back. That’s dangerous in my mind. There’s no time for setbacks. I’ve accepted losses, and unfortunately they’re not nearly as fun as winning, but it’s very important to get that bonus and pay my bills. That’s what I have to provide at the moment. Thank goodness for the UFC and for mixed martial arts because that’s where I get to vent that anger into and that’s where I look for me to survive right now is that extra money on my plate.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:02:32).

view original article >>

Related News

  • 3 days ago
  • 19 views

When Tim Means describes the training camp for his Saturday fight against Hernani Perpetuo, please note that he’s not complaining. more

  • a day ago
  • 20 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog more

  • a day ago
  • 2 views

SAN JOSE – Tim Means might not have won the start of the fight, but he managed to hold on through an early assault and ended up being the sole source of offense by the end.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • a day ago
  • 5 views

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Tim Means talks about needing to warm up in the first round at UFC on FOX 12, whether he knew Hernani Perpetuo injured his arm during the fight, returning to the UFC, and more. More Coverage: UFC on FOX 12 Results | UFC newsDownload MMA Fighting iPhone App more

  • 21 days ago
  • 40 views

Vitor Belfort could miss out once again on a shot at UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman due to pending issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The Brazilian legend was originally slated to fight Weidman at UFC 173, but he was removed from the card and replaced with Lyoto Machida after the NSAC banned the use of testosterone replacement therapy, a treatment Belfort was on. The fight ended up being moved to UFC 175 after Weidman suffered a knee injury in training. Belfort was then give more

  • 21 days ago
  • 64 views

It could be ... but maybe not. Now that Chris Weidman has disposed of his latest challenger, winning a unanimous decision over Lyoto Machida (watch the highlights here) in the main event of UFC 175 last night (July 5, 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada, it's time to look ahead to his next middleweight title defense. Paging Vitor Belfort: Now I want what I deserve, MY TITIE SHOT!!! Don't run away!! No excuses!! Agora eu quero o q eu… http://t.co/wZYj8OBVAT — Vitor Belfort (@vitorbelfort) July 6, 2014 Bel more

  • 23 days ago
  • 24 views

A shot at the World Series of Fighting lightweight championship is on the line in Gesias Cavalcante vs. Melvin Guillard, but the Brazilian is not thinking about it heading into his WSOF 11 fight with the UFC veteran. Cavalcante, a two-time K-1 Hero’s tournament winner, won’t let a possible shot at the gold change his focus at Saturday’s WSOF card in Daytona Beach, Florida. "My motivation is the fight, not a title shot," Cavalcante told MMAFighting.com. "I see every fight as a title for me now. I more

  • 25 days ago
  • 30 views

What does victory mean for Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Ronda Rousey, and Alexis Davis ahead of their respective headlining fights this weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) at UFC 175: “Weidman vs. Machida” at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada? We explore the consequences below. Let us explore the glory, shall we? UFC 175: "Weidman vs. Machida" will take place this upcoming Saturday night (July 5, 2014) from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a card that took a bit of a more

  • 25 days ago
  • 38 views

Dana White cleared up the UFC featherweight "title shot" picture, pretty much saying Cub Swanson is going to get it after defeating Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 44. Don't ask, and you shall receive. After he defeated Jeremy Stephens in the main event of UFC Fight Night 44 last weekend (Sat., June 28, 2014) in San Antonio, Texas via unanimous decision (highlights), Cub Swanson declared he wouldn't go begging for a title shot during the post-fight press conference. Luckily for him, he won't more