Juan Adams

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Juan Adams
Born (1992-01-16) January 16, 1992 (age 28)
Houston, United States
Other namesThe Kraken
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)
Reach81 in (206 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofHouston, Texas, United States[1]
TeamParadigm Training
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[2]
Years active2017–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By knockout2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Juan 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.[3][4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Adams started his professional MMA career in 2017 and fought under Legacy Fighting Alliance and amassed a record of 3-0 prior competed in DWTNCS: Season 2, Episode 7.[5]

Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series[edit]

Adams appeared in DWTNCS: Season 2, Episode 7 web-series program on July 31, 2018, facing Shawn Teed.[6] He won the fight via technical knockout[7] and was signed by UFC.[8]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Adams made his UFC debut on December 15, 2018 against Chris de la Rocha at UFC on Fox 31, He won the fight via technical knockout in round three.

His next fight came on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 151 against Arjan Bhullar.[9] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[10]

Adams faced Greg Hardy on July 20, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4.[11] He lost the fight via technical knockout.[12]

Adams faced Justin Tafa on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247.[13] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[14]

On February 12, 2020, Adams revealed he had been released from the UFC.[15]

ARES Fighting Championship[edit]

Adam signed with ARES Fighting Championship in late February 2020.[16]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
8 matches 5 wins 3 losses
By knockout 5 2
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Juan Adams | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  2. ^ Mike Chiappetta (July 17, 2019). "For Juan Adams, taking out Greg Hardy is both personal and professional". MMA Fighting.
  3. ^ Chiappetta, Mike (2019-07-17). "For Juan Adams, taking out Greg Hardy is both personal and professional". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  4. ^ "MMA fighter's disdain for Greg Hardy stems from witnessing domestic abuse as child". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  5. ^ Sherdog.com. "LFA 14 - Rivera vs. Sanchez". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Victor (2018-07-31). "Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series 2018: Week 7 preview". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  7. ^ "Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series Episode 15 Results | Fightful MMA". www.fightful.com. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  8. ^ "Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series Results: Four Fighters Awarded UFC Contracts". MMAWeekly.com. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  9. ^ Jesse Holland (2019-02-20). "UFC Ottawa official for May 4 on ESPN+". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  10. ^ Shillan, Keith (2019-07-20). "UFC Ottawa Results: Arjan Bhullar Edges Out Juan Adams". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-07-20). "UFC San Antonio Results: Greg Hardy Gets Quick TKO of Juan Adams". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2020-02-08). "UFC 247 Results: Justin Tafa Floors Juan Adams in First Round". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  15. ^ "Juan Adams reveals he's been released from the UFC". BJPenn.com. February 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (2020-02-25). "Former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams headed to ARES". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  17. ^ Sherdog.com. "Juan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-07-20.

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