|Born||Juan Alejandro Arcienega Adams|
January 16, 1992
Houston, United States
|Other names||The Kraken|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)|
|Reach||81 in (206 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Juan Alejandro Arcienego-Adams (born January 16, 1992) is an American mixed martial artist (MMA) and currently competes in the heavyweight division of the ARES Fighting Championship. Adams formerly competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Adams was born in Houston, Texas and he played American football, competed in wrestling and was an Eagle Scout during his high school years. During his senior year at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Adams broke his hand and failed to get a collegiate football scholarship. Thus, he turned his focus on wrestling. He was offered a scholarship from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Upon graduation, he received National Football League tryouts for a defensive linemen from the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers, without success. Being 6-foot-5 and over 300 pounds, he turned his focus on MMA, since he had starting training at Paradigm Training Center during his break from university in his hometown. Adams took his first amateur MMA fight after he graduated with a computer science degree. He won the fight and knew being a mixed martial arts fighter would be his choice for his career.
Mixed martial arts career
Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On February 12, 2020, Adams revealed he had been released from the UFC.
Adams signed with ARES Fighting Championship in late February 2020.
Despite the contract with ARES, Adams ended up facing Jeremy Hardy at Fury FC 46 on May 16, 2021. He won the fight via first-round technical knockout.
He was then scheduled to face Juan Torres at Fury FC 47 on June 20, 2021, but the fight was cancelled.
Adams challenged Richard Odoms for the Fury FC Heavyweight Championship at Fury FC 49 on August 29, 2021, he won the fight by third round TKO.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||8 wins||3 losses|
|Win||8–3||Richard Odoms||TKO (referee stoppage)||Fury FC 49||August 29, 2021||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States||Won the Fury FC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–3||Eric Lunsford||Submission (rear naked choke)||Fury FC 48||July 25, 2021||1||3:27||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–3||Jeremy Hardy||TKO (punches)||Fury FC 46||May 16, 2021||1||3:59||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||5–3||Justin Tafa||TKO (punches)||UFC 247||February 8, 2020||1||1:59||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Greg Hardy||TKO (punches)||UFC on ESPN: dos Anjos vs. Edwards||July 20, 2019||1||0:45||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Arjan Bhullar||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy||May 4, 2019||3||5:00||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||5–0||Chris de la Rocha||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2||December 15, 2018||3||0:58||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||4–0||Shawn Teed||TKO (punches)||Dana White's Contender Series 15||July 31, 2018||1||4:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0||Dwight Gipson||TKO (submission to punches)||LFA 32||January 26, 2018||1||4:09||Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||2–0||Brice Ritani-Coe||TKO (punches)||LFA 26||November 3, 2017||1||1:33||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Rose||TKO (punches)||LFA 14||June 23, 2017||1||1:11||Houston, Texas, United States|
- Mixed martial arts show results Date: July 31, 2018
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- Mike Chiappetta (July 17, 2019). "For Juan Adams, taking out Greg Hardy is both personal and professional". MMA Fighting.
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- "MMA fighter's disdain for Greg Hardy stems from witnessing domestic abuse as child". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
- Sherdog.com. "LFA 14 - Rivera vs. Sanchez". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
- Rodriguez, Victor (2018-07-31). "Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series 2018: Week 7 preview". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
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- Shillan, Keith (2019-07-20). "UFC Ottawa Results: Arjan Bhullar Edges Out Juan Adams". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
- Staff (2019-05-22). "Juan Adams vs. Greg Hardy heading to July's UFC on ESPN 4 in Texas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
- Anderson, Jay (2019-07-20). "UFC San Antonio Results: Greg Hardy Gets Quick TKO of Juan Adams". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
- "Juan Adams says he's fighting Justin Tafa at UFC event in Houston on Feb. 8". MMA Junkie. 2019-11-20. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
- Evanoff, Josh (2020-02-08). "UFC 247 Results: Justin Tafa Floors Juan Adams in First Round". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
- "Juan Adams reveals he's been released from the UFC". BJPenn.com. February 12, 2020.
- Lee, Alexander K. (2020-02-25). "Former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams headed to ARES". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
- Nate Freeman (May 16, 2021). "Fury FC 46 Results". mmasucka.com.
- "Teruto Ishihara faces Levi Mowles at Fury FC 48". asianmma.com. July 2, 2021.
- Ben Duffy (July 26, 2021). "Kolton Englund Brutalizes Alec Williams at Fury FC 48". Sherdog.
- https://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/bouts/587977-fury-fc-49-richard-the-black-eagle-odoms-vs-juan-the-kraken-adams. Missing or empty
- Sherdog.com. "Juan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-07-20.