Tim Means got back in the win column after losing in his last three UFC appearances, defeating Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 12. After Perpetuo mounted an early onslaught and won the first round impressively, he seemed to have blown his gas tank and Means took over with his more technical, patient approach. Means was even able to rock Perpetuo in the second, though was unable to finish his opponent.
Nonetheless, Means put in a valiant effort against a tough Perpetuo, who should stay in the UFC after fun fights in his first two appearances, despite being on the losing end of both. Means improves his UFC record to 3-3, and wins for the first time inside the Octagon as a welterweight.
Here is how the fight played out.
Means desperately needs a win here, as he has lost his last three UFC appearances. Perpetuo, meanwhile, lost his UFC debut against Jordan Mein.
Round 1 – Huge shots by Perpetuo, and Means replies with a takedown. Perpetuo straight back up against the cage, but Means still has the clinch. Perpetuo really hurt him at the start of the round. Body kick by the Brazilian. Leg kicks by Means. Perpetuo just misses with a big left hook. Perpetuo swinging away and particularly wobbled Means with the left hook. Perpetuo landing some really heavy shots, and defends the takedown of Means. Means trying to push forward and attack but Perpetuo getting the better. Means with a couple of good elbows in the clinch. Perpetuo landing some big shots but he’s leaving himself open. Crazy spinning wheel kick just misses but the Brazilian! Elbow by Mens once again. High kick there too. Perpetuo with the inside leg kick. Means attempts a flying knee. Perpetuo pushing forward but misses most of a wild combination. Eye poke from Means halts the action. They resume. Leg kick from Means. Short right by Perpetuo. He’s complaining about an accidental headbutt. Perpetuo lands a couple of big rights. Means with an uppercut then shoots in for the takedown, but unsuccessful. Straight to the body then a teep by Means. Spinning elbow attempted. The round comes to an end.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Perpetuo.
Round 2 – Leg kicks from Means, then tries a question mark kick but misses. Perpetuo is coming in recklessly, and Means trying to keep him on the outside with the teeps. Body-head by Perpetuo. Leg kick is checked. Nice body kick then spin from Perpetuo. Side kick from Means. High kick then a teep by Means. Perpetuo trying to land that overhand right. Means doing a much better job defensively in this round. A huge left staggers Perpetuo! Then a flying knee. He’s rocked. Means is remaining patient. Unsuccessful takedown attempt by Perpetuo, who then misses a spinning back fist attempt. Leg kick by Perpetuo. The jab of Means is landing with a lot of success now. He’s looking so much more comfortable. Body-head once again by Means. So crisp. He doubles up on the left then avoids Perpetuo. Means with the combination then stuffs the takedown of Perpetuo. Perpetuo with the leg kick. But Means won that second round big.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Means (19-19).
Round 3 – This is a crucial round for both of these fighters. Means eats a leg kick but still pushing forward. Leg kick by Means. 1-2. Perpetuo lands a right, nice combination. High kick from Means, who continues to press the action. A teep again lands for Means. Leg kick by Perpetuo is countered. Another leg kick. Means tries to go high with the kick but unsuccessful. Perpetuo having a hard time landing, and Means is the much fresher of the two. The leg kick of Perpetuo is working well, but it’s not quite enough. Means is now recognising it and countering. Jabs from Means, adding to his total strikes landed. Leg kick by Perpetuo but Means gets the muay-thai clinch and attempts the knees. Another leg kick from the Brazilian. Less than 2 minutes remaining in the third. Means controlling the distance and out landing Perpetuo. The Brazilian getting fired up and taunting Means. He’s got his hands down but he’s mounting little in terms of significant offence. Less than 30 seconds left. Perpetuo may have a broken left hand as Rogan states. Means just misses with the knee. Means trying to get the takedown right at the end of the round but unable to.
Cooper scores round 3 10-9 Means (29-28 Means).
Result: Means via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
It seems like it’s the left arm of Perpetuo that’s damaged, he has an odd bump in it. Means earns his first UFC win since returning, and Perpetuo has done enough to stick around in the UFC.
Check out the results for the fight card as they stand below. The full play-by-play can be seen here.
Preliminary Card (FOX)
Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre via submission (rear naked choke) at 1:39 in first round.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).