It took two fights on two continents 2-1/2 months apart, but there’s finally been a winner between Alex Oliveira and Tim Means.
The duo first squared off at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30, but the bout ended in a controversial no contest after Means walloped Oliveira with a pair of illegal knees.
Oliveira had the hometown advantage and the last laugh Saturday night. The Brazilian welterweight had perhaps the finest performance of his career at UFC Fight Night 106, as he finished off Means in the second round with a rear-naked choke. The time of the finish was 2:38 of the second round.
Oliveira got off to a fine start in the opening round, scoring a takedown and working much of the round from top position. Later in the round, the momentum shifted Means’ way, but the horn sounded before he could do much with it.
The second got off to an odd start as Oliveira attempted to hug Means, who refused, but it seemed to do the job in keeping Means from getting back on track. Oliveira worked Means over in the clinch, landing legal knees, and when the fight hit the ground he wasted little time in getting the choke.
“That first fight was so quick I never had the chance to show off my potential,” Oliveira said. “So I was glad to have this rematch here in Brazil.”
With the win, the American Top Team Fighter is 17-3-1, with three straight wins and seven of eight, not counting the no-contest. Means (26-8-1), absent the no-contest, is 2-2 in his past four.