Tim Means went on “autopilot” for much of the third round after Nicolas Dalby cracked him with a right hand. But his body work and grappling advantage in the first two rounds paid dividends when the final scorecards were tallied, with judges awarding him unanimous 29-28 scores at UFC Vegas 30.
Means’ veteran moves were a stark contrast to the heavy-punching (and heavy breathing) Dalby, who repeatedly threw himself into his opponent and swung for the fences. Much of the fight was contested up close and personal as the two battled for position in the clinch.
Dalby scored early in the fight with a flurry of shots as Means seized a muay Thai plumb. But in future exchanges, it was Means’ work to the body and elbows that scored. By the end of the first, he was cut over his right eye by a punch. Means lateral dropped him to the mat and ended the first round in side control
In the second round, Means sent Dalby to the canvas in the second with a two-piece combo. After trying to get back the takedown, Dalby instead was swept to the mat and again gave up valuable time.
It looked like Dalby would run out of energy late in the fight after taking so many hard shots, but he never let up on the gas. In the first big exchange of the final round, he cracked Means with the shot that turned the final round into one long slog. Means’ nose bled generously as he tried his best to keep the fight on the canvas. Dalby stayed upright, but couldn’t do much to advance his work early in the round.
Means has now won three straight while Dalby goes back to the loss column after a win over Daniel Rodriguez in his previous outing.