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Tim Means flagged for 'potential' USADA violation, out of bout against Donald Cerrone

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Another day, another anti-doping violation. The UFC announced Wednesday that welterweight veteran Tim Means has been flagged for a "potential Anti-Doping Policy violation" stemming from an out-of-competition drug test with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

As a result of the potential violation, Means is out of his UFC Fight Night 83 main event bout against Donald Cerrone. A replacement opponent for Cerrone is expected to be announced "shortly."

The UFC's statement can be read below.

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Tim Means of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. However, because Means was scheduled to compete against Donald Cerrone on February 21 in Pittsburgh, there is insufficient time for a full review and proper promotion before the scheduled bout. As a result, UFC will announce shortly a replacement opponent for Cerrone on the UFC Fight Night card in Pittsburgh.

Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

Shortly after the UFC's announcement, Means posted the following statement on Twitter:

Means (25-7-1) has racked up a 7-4 UFC record in two stints with the promotion. His latest run has seen the 31-year-old emerge as a darkhorse contender in the UFC welterweight division, winning five of his last six contests, including a brutal second-round knockout over John Howard in December.

UFC Fight Night 83 takes place Feb. 21, 2016 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.