UFC Ottawa’s Juan Adams: It Doesn’t Matter Where I’m Fighting

Juan Adams
Juan Adams (right) at the UFC Ottawa face-offs Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

In a little more than twenty-four hours, the Kraken will be unleashed. That’s because Juan Adams returns at UFC Ottawa on Saturday. There, he heads into hostile territory, taking on Canada’s own Arjan Bhullar.

Juan Adams managed to create a big impact in his UFC debut back in December 2018. This weekend he gets an even tougher test when he locks horns with decorated wrestler Arjan Singh Bhullar. Adams is a knockout artist who trains out of Paradigm Training Centre. At 5-0, he has earned the reputation of destroying opponents with his striking.

However, this weekend he gets an especially tough job when he faces the former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Bhullar. The Indian-Canadian has a very strong ground game, something Adams has yet to face. As well, it’ll be the first time Adams faces someone as experienced as him. This match also carries a lot of weight as a loss to a fellow prospect can send a fighter way back in the line. Ahead of this clash he answered a few of our questions.

Bhullar is an accomplished wrestler and has displayed great command in the octagon. However, Adams has a simple plan to deal with it. “My wrestling is better than his,” he told Cageside Press. While that might seem surprising, Adams doesn’t think it will come down to wrestling anyway. “It doesn’t matter how good his wrestling is, because once I hit him, he’s going to feel it.”

UFC Ottawa marks the first time Adams will be competing outside the U.S. It’s not a situation that bothers him any, mind you.

“It feels great,” he said of the experience. “It doesn’t matter where I’m fighting. The cage is my home. It’s my home field. The advantage is mine. Any time we’re fighting, it’s a disadvantage for him.”

UFC Ottawa (UFC Fight Night 151) will be live on ESPN+ in the USA, TSN 5 in Canada on May 4, and Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD in India on May 5.