Tim Means, recently released by the UFC after a 2-2 stint, has inked a multi-bout deal with the Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship.
Means will make his promotional debut Sept. 13 at Legacy FC 23, when he squares off with Pete Spratt in a welterweight bout at Cowboy Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Legacy officials informed Sherdog.com of the booking on Sunday, while also announcing that Damacio Page will face Ryan Benoit at Legacy FC 24 on Oct. 11 in Dallas.
A former multi-division King of the Cage champion, Means suffered his second consecutive defeat inside the Octagon at UFC on Fox 8, dropping a unanimous verdict to Team Alpha Male product Danny Castillo. “The Dirty Bird” took the fight on short notice and missed the contracted lightweight limit by four pounds at weigh-ins, perhaps hastening his departure from the Las Vegas-based promotion.
Means began his UFC career with victories over Bernardo Magalhaes and Justin Salas before falling to Jorge Masvidal in April. The FIT-NHB representative announced on his Twitter account that he plans to make a permanent move to welterweight after competing exclusively at 155 pounds in the UFC.
A veteran of 47 professional fights, Spratt will be making his fourth Legacy FC appearance. Most recently, “The Secret Weapon” lost a unanimous decision to Dan Hornbuckle at Legacy FC 17 in February.
After enduring a four-fight skid in the WEC and UFC, Page righted his ship at Legacy FC 20, scoring a first-round knockout of Patrick Ybarra on May 31. It was the Jackson’s MMA product’s first victory since 2009. Benoit, meanwhile, is 6-2 as a professional with five knockouts and one submission to his credit. In his last outing, he dropped a three-round verdict against Anthony Birchak at MFC 37.