Juan Adams
The Kraken


Quickly finished by Greg Hardy
July 20, 2019
Adams lost to Greg Hardy via TKO (punches) at 0:45 of Round 1 at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
Adams and Hardy exchanged jabs early, but Adams made an ill-advised decision to test the wrestling of a relatively inexperienced Hardy. He went for a single leg takedown and Hardy sprawled, which put him in perfect position to rain ground and pound from top position. Adams essentially froze from there. He wasn't able to advance and stayed on his stomach, which forced the referee to jump in and stop the fight due to a lack of action. Adams talked quite a bit coming into this fight, but was unable to live up to it. He's now lost consecutive fights and could be fighting for his job his next time out.
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Gets his wish, will fight Greg Hardy
May 22, 2019
Adams is slated to take on Greg Hardy in a heavyweight matchup at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Adams may be coming off a loss to Arjan Bhullar in May, but he'll still represent the toughest test of Hardy's young MMA career. "The Kraken" stands at 6-foot-5 with an 80-inch reach, so he'll be one of the few opponents with physical advantages equal to those that Hardy brings to the Octagon. The two fighters have nine combined victories and all of them have been earned by way of KO/TKO, so this will be a lucrative matchup worth getting a piece of from a fantasy perspective.
Suffers first pro loss in Ottawa
May 4, 2019
Adams lost to Arjan Bhullar via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Ottawa.
Another Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series product falls. In Adams' defense, he fought better than the scores indicate. He landed nearly twice as many strikes as Bhullar (81-41) and he attempted nearly three times as many (185-62). Adams was the much more effective fighter as distance while Bhullar controlled the action in tight. Adams has legitimate power in his hands, but is inexperienced and the rest of his game needs work. Saturday was his first career loss.
Gets Arjan Bhullar at UFC Ottawa
February 20, 2019
Adams (5-0-0) is scheduled to take on Arjan Bhullar (8-1-0) in a heavyweight fight at UFC Ottawa on May 4, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
After earning a contract from the promotion July 31 for his efforts in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, Adams made his UFC debut in December at UFC Milwaukee. The Texas native defeated Chris de la Rocha via TKO in the third round to keep his perfect MMA record alive. He'll look to slim down to 265 pounds to prepare for what should be a tough test against Bhullar, a veteran of three UFC fights.
Digs deep to secure late stoppage
December 15, 2018
Adams defeated Chris de la Rocha via TKO (punches) at 0:58 of Round 3 at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday.
Adams used his wrestling to get the upper-hand in Round 1 but was unable to finish his opponent, which resulted in the longest fight of his professional MMA career. Both men showed serious signs of fatigue heading into Round 3 but it was Adams who was able to string shots together and force the referee to stop the fight. The former collegiate wrestler was a heavy favorite coming into the contest, and while his grappling credentials were on display, Adams will need to work on his cardio as he moves through the ranks at heavyweight. He improves to 5-0 as a result of the victory.
Locks in fight vs. Chris de la Rocha
October 17, 2018
Adams will fight Chris de la Rocha at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee on Dec. 15, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Adams, an intriguing 26-year-old heavyweight, earned a UFC contract this past July with a knockout win over Shawn Teed at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series. It was his fourth straight first-round knock, though his previous three came with the Legacy Fighting Alliance. He'll now be set for an uptick in competition and will be facing off with de la Rocha, who is 39 years old and owns a 5-2 record. Most recently, de la Rocha secured a knockout victory over Rashad Coulter in June. Adams will enter the fight with a two-inch height advantage and a one-inch reach advantage over de la Rocha.