Juan Adams
The Kraken
Gets Arjan Bhullar at UFC Ottawa
HeavyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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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.
ANALYSIS
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
HeavyweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
One of four UFC contract winners Tuesday night
HeavyweightUFC
August 1, 2018
Adams defeated Shawn Teed via TKO (punches) at 4:17 of Round 1 on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, earning a UFC contract for his efforts.
ANALYSIS
Adams entered this bout as a (-430) betting favorite, and did not leave his backers disappointed. It was a dominant effort from the Houston, Texas native, as Adams was in the driver's seat from the get-go, landing strikes at will before taking the fight to the mat. He defended a heel hook attempt with ease, and eventually passed to full mount before finishing the fight. The 26-year-old has just four professional fights to his name, but has earned a first-round TKO in each of them. Look for the Paradigm Training Center product to inject some life into a heavyweight division that is in need of depth.