Adrian Yanez

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Adrian Yanez
Born (1993-11-29) November 29, 1993 (age 27)
La Porte, Texas, United States
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Reach70.0 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofHouston, Texas
TeamElite MMA (formerly)[2]
Metro Fight Club (2012–present)[2]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Saul Soliz[3]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By submission2
By decision3
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Adrian Yanez (born November 29, 1993) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


His father being a Golden Gloves winner, Yanez went into boxing from a young age, but later on took up BJJ. He started training MMA at the age of 15, having his first fight at the age of 17.[4] Before the UFC, Yanez worked for the City of Deer Park as a Meter Reader.[4] Yanez currently trains under Saul Soliz in Houston, TX.[citation needed]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yanez ended a hugely successful amateur career with four consecutive TKO’s, turning over to the pro game with a perfect 6-0 record. His professional debut came in March of 2014 at just 20 years old, and ended in the same way most of his amateur fights had, with Yanez victorious by TKO. He suffered his first defeat in his very next bout, having no answer for the wrestling and ground and pound of Levi Mowles, losing via unanimous decision. The Texan recovered with two victories in Fury FC, and then won his Bellator debut on the preliminary card of Royce Gracie’s win over long time rival Ken Shamrock at Bellator 149. Yanez then dropped a razor thin split decision to current UFC bantamweight Domingo Pilarte at LFA 7. Two more wins for the company earnt him a shot at the vacant LFA Bantamweight Champion against another current UFC fighter in Miles Johns at LFA 55, and yet again Yanez was on the wrong end of a close split decision loss. Two stoppage wins over Warren Stewart and Michael Rodriguez and then a career best win over fellow prospect Kyle Estrada at LFA 78 led to the 26 year old finally getting a chance at the big time, featuring on Dana White's Contender Series 28. Yanez finally put everything together, showcasing his superb boxing in a 40 second master class TKO over the dangerous Brady Huang, earning a UFC contract in the process.[5][6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Yanez was scheduled to make his UFC debut against Aaron Phillips on October 31, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva.[7] However on October 20, Phillips pulled out due to an undisclosed injury.[8] Instead, Yanez faced promotional newcomer Victor Rodriguez.[9] Yanez won the bout via head kick knockout in the first round.[10] This win earned him Performance Fight of the Night award.[11]

Yanez faced Gustavo Lopez on March 20, 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland.[12] He won the fight via knockout in round three.[13] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[14]

Yanez faced Randy Costa at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw on July 24, 2021.[15] After getting dominated in the first round, Yanez rallied back in the second round winning by technical knockout.[16] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[17]

As the first bout of his new four-fight contract, Yanez is scheduled to face Davey Grant on November 20, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 198.[18][19]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 14 wins 3 losses
By knockout 9 0
By submission 2 0
By decision 3 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–3 Randy Costa TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw July 24, 2021 2 2:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–3 Gustavo Lopez KO (punch) UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland March 20, 2021 3 0:27 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 12–3 Victor Rodriguez KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva October 31, 2020 1 2:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 11–3 Brady Huang TKO (punches) Dana White's Contender Series 28 August 11, 2020 1 0:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–3 Kyle Estrada Decision (split) LFA 78 November 15, 2019 3 5:00 Belton, Texas, United States
Win 9–3 Michael Rodriguez TKO (punches) Fury FC 33 June 29, 2019 1 3:14 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 8–3 Warren Stewart TKO (punches) Fury FC 29 January 25, 2019 2 1:46 Humble, Texas, United States
Loss 7–3 Miles Johns Decision (split) LFA 55 November 30, 2018 5 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States For the vacant LFA Bantamweight Championship.
Win 7–2 Nathan Trepagnier KO (punch) LFA 35 March 9, 2018 1 4:56 Houston, Texas, United States Catchweight (140 lb) bout; Trepagnier missed weight.
Win 6–2 Trent Meaux Decision (unanimous) LFA 26 November 3, 2017 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 5–2 Domingo Pilarte Decision (split) LFA 7 March 24, 2017 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 5–1 Colin Wright Submission (armbar) Legacy FC 59 September 16, 2016 3 2:44 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 4–1 Ryan Hollis Decision (unanimous) Bellator 149 February 19, 2016 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 3–1 D'Nearon Seymore Submission (triangle choke) Fury FC 7 July 11, 2015 1 1:31 Humble, Texas, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 2–1 Jake Snyder TKO (punches) Fury FC 6 May 22, 2015 2 0:10 Humble, Texas, United States
Loss 1–1 Levi Mowles Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 37 November 14, 2014 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Richard Delfin TKO (punches) Texas City Throwdown March 14, 2014 3 0:28 Texas City, Texas, United States Bantamweight debut.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stats | UFC".
  2. ^ a b "Adrian Yanez ready for 'Fight of the Night' rematch with Nico Echeverry at Legacy Amateur Series 9". August 21, 2012.
  3. ^ Adrian Yanez [@adrianyanez93] (December 22, 2020). "I'm absolutely blessed. 12 years ago I started this journey, but honestly this just feels like it's barely beginning. I'm honored to be given a black belt by my Coach Saul Soliz" – via Instagram.
  4. ^ a b FightBookMMA (2020-08-10). "Get to know Dana White's Contender Series fighter Adrian Yanez | FightBook MMA". Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  5. ^ Henshaw, Harry (2020-10-26). "Making their mark: Adrian Yanez | MMA UK". Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  6. ^ "All 5 winners earn UFC contracts at DWCS Season 4: Week 2". MMA Fighting. 2020-08-11. Retrieved 2020-08-11.
  7. ^ "Adrian Yanez vs. Aaron Phillips Added To UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva". August 19, 2020.
  8. ^ David Tees (2020-10-19). "Report: Aaron Phillips injured, off UFC Vegas 12". Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  9. ^ Staff (2020-10-21). "Victor Rodriguez signs with the UFC, fighting Adrian Yanez on Oct. 31 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2020-10-21. (in Dutch)
  10. ^ Anderson, Jay (2020-10-31). "UFC Vegas 12 Results: Adrian Yanez Drops Victor Rodriguez with Head Kick". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-07-20.
  11. ^ a b Anderson, Jay (2020-10-31). "UFC Vegas 12 Bonuses: Big Finishes by Yanez, Hernandez Lead the Pack". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  12. ^ DNA, MMA (2020-12-08). "Adrian Yanez treft Gustavo Lopez tijdens UFC evenement op 20 maart 2021". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  13. ^ Behunin, Alex (2021-03-20). "UFC Vegas 22 Results: Adrian Yanez KO's Gustavo Lopez In Third Round". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  14. ^ a b "UFC on ESPN 21 Bonuses: Griffin, Yanez, Dawson, Silva Earn Performance Checks". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-03-21.
  15. ^ "Reese's vs. Dr. Pepper: Randy Costa, Adrian Yanez to settle friendly score at UFC event July 24". MMA Junkie. 2021-04-27. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  16. ^ "Reese's vs. Dr. Pepper: Randy Costa, Adrian Yanez to settle friendly score at UFC event July 24". MMA Junkie. 2021-04-27. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  17. ^ a b Dan Hiergesell (2021-07-24). "UFC Vegas 32 bonuses: Darren Elkins, Adrian Yanez lead $50K winners". Retrieved 2021-07-24.
  18. ^ Mike Heck (September 18, 2021). "Adrian Yanez vs. Davey Grant set for Nov. 20 UFC event".
  19. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-09-17). "Adrian Yanez treft Davey Grant tijdens UFC evenement op 20 november". MMA DNA (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  20. ^ "Adrian Yanez". Sherdog.

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