INTERVIEW: UFC heavyweight Juan Adams doubts UFC will give him Greg Hardy

By David McGrath, MMATORCH contributor

May 3, 2019; Ottawa, ON, Canada; Juan Adams poses as he weighs in during weigh ins for UFC Fight Night at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Adams is unapologetic. Look no further than his tweet after his first career loss at UFC Ottawa Saturday night. He tweeted a picture of a hearty meal and he proclaimed he hasn’t “changed for sh*t.” MMATorch caught up with the Dana White Contender Series product recently to talk about his first loss and a myriad of other subjects.

Some may think the heavyweight division is top heavy and thin on depth. Outside of the top contenders like Stipe Miocic, Junior Dos Santos, Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis, many feel the talent level drops off significantly. Juan Adams disagrees, telling us “When everyone has one punch power, unlike other divisions, the heavyweight division is better than people think.”

One heavyweight contender that Adams has been outspoken about is Greg Hardy. Hardy, the former Pro-Bowler in the NFL has drawn the ire of fans and media alike for his history of domestic violence. Adams has won fans over for being outspoken against Hardy, telling MMA Junkie “I hate him.” When asked about a potential matchup with Hardy, Adams isn’t getting his hopes up.

“I doubt they would match me up with Hardy, as I am coming off a loss and he just won,” he said. “But the matchup would be a fun one.”

Coming off a great experience in the Contender Series, Adams said even the boss Dana White himself was impressed with his performance. “He told me loved my fight style.” Adams also said his last Contender Series fight was his favorite all-time fight and he liked the atmosphere and presentation of the Contender Series as opposed to a typical UFC event. “There was no bullshit or drawn out entrances. It was just two dudes getting after it.”

Adams was pretty straight about his first decision loss at UFC Ottawa last weekend. “I did not feel like I lost the fight. If I learned one thing, it’s to finish the fight and not leave it to the judges.”

When asked about training in his native Houston or potentially moving to a bigger training camp somewhere else, like American Top Team or Jackson-Wink Adams is happy to stay put for now.

“My sponsors are here in Houston, and I do not want to go somewhere where I am just a number,” he said. Adams also said he wants to fight two more times in 2019 and has fully healed from his last fight already.


Adams, the avid Sci-Fi fan said he is currently watching something about a guy who was resurrected as slime (we’re sold already) and he has two fights remaining on his UFC contract. He is hoping to get the full push from the UFC machine, but he knows he needs to be victorious in these next two fights to get that. One can only hope. Adams is the type of personality the heavyweight division, and the UFC needs.

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