Tim Means will be able to fight again before the close of summer.
The popular UFC welterweight settled with USADA this week and was given a six-month suspension by the UFC's anti-doping policy partner, it was announced Thursday. The suspension is retroactive to Feb. 3, so Means should be able to get back in the Octagon by August.
Means was flagged by USADA in February after testing positive for ostarine in a Jan. 21 out-of-competition test. Ostarine is a banned substance in the selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMS) category. SARMS are similar to anabolic steroids, but don't carry as many negative side effects. Means was pulled from his main event fight with Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 83 due to the positive test.
All along, though, Means said he never took ostarine intentionally and the substance came from a tainted supplement. USADA came to that conclusion as well, which is why Means got a reduced suspension.
"Following notification of his positive test, Means provided USADA with a sealed container of one of the dietary supplement products he was using at the time of the relevant sample collection," USADA said in a release. "Although no prohibited substances were listed on the supplement label, testing conducted on the product by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, indicated that it contained Ostarine."
This circumstance is similar to that of Yoel Romero, the UFC middleweight contender who tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition test and had a potential suspension reduced to six months because USADA found he had taken a contaminated supplement.
Means (25-7-1) has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a second-round knockout of John Howard in December. Since moving back up from lightweight to welterweight in 2013, the 32-year-old is 7-2.