It’s time for ‘The Kraken’ to be unleashed, as heavyweight Juan Adams makes his debut at UFC Milwaukee this weekend.
Contender Series contract winner Juan Adams will make his first official walk to the Octagon this weekend at UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, he takes on Chris De La Rocha, fresh off an exciting TKO of Rashad Coulter. The card marks the final curtain call for the UFC on the FOX network, with the exception of the prelims prior to UFC 232 at the end of the month.
“The Kraken” is a fitting nickname for Adams, who stands a towering 6’5. A native of the Lone-Star state, Adams has run roughshod through the Texas-based LFA promotion. There, he accumulated an impressive 3-0 record, all first round knockouts.
Adams continued his trend of first round KO’s on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. He displayed some good athleticism for a big guy before shutting Shawn Teed’s lights off. Now that Adams is in the UFC he doesn’t plan on giving up his spot.
“It’s the beginning of an era,” Adams told Cageside Press in a recent interview. “I want to thank the UFC obviously. But I also want to say you’re welcome to the fans because I’m the answer to what you guys have been waiting for.”
If Adams comes off as cocky, well, he is. But not in a bad way, however. He is quite likable, and you have to respect someone who speaks their mind. Besides, you can’t deny his talent. At just 26 years old he could have a say in the future title picture.
“When you look at the heavyweight division in the next five years I don’t view anyone outside of the top seven or eight as a legitimate threat,” Adams said. “Other than those top guys I think its a pretty shallow division.”
He continued, “Curtis Blaydes, he’s gonna be there. He had a minor setback but he has only lost to one guy in the UFC. In as little as two years he will still be top five, he may even be champion at that point. Cormier’s retiring, there is a lot of age up there. I think Overeem might have one more title run in him before he stops. Derrick [Lewis], you never know. In some interviews, he wants to retire and the next thing you know he is fighting for the title.”
Adams will be making his official UFC debut this weekend against a very tough Chris De La Rocha. “The Kraken” isn’t one of those fighters that needs to hate his opponent or even dislike them. He fights for a much more honest reason.
“I fight to vent my frustrations with humanity as a whole,” Adams explained. “I don’t like thinking about my opponent or humanizing him too much. He is a scapegoat for my frustrations.”
Expect no mercy, then. Adams vs. De La Rocha will take place as part of the UFC on FOX 31 early prelims, available exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.