Following his third straight loss in the UFC’s heavyweight division, ‘The Kraken’ has been released by the promotion. Juan Adams (5-3) announced the news on social media — but he’s not about to give up on his fighting career.
“Spoke with the manager and I’m not in the UFC anymore,” Adams wrote on Twitter. “As easy as it would be to give up, I’m going to keep going. I made the changes too late and now I have to pay for that but I have the right pieces in place now. I will continue Hoping and working for the best moving forward.”
The changes Adams is referring to are likely related to his move to Jackson-Wink MMA in New Mexico. Adams made the move late last year, a big change ahead of his fight with Justin Tafa at UFC 247 this month. Adams, a Houston native, spoke to Cageside Press about the move in December, noting that he’d been looking to find what he loved about the sport again.
Adams entered the UFC as an undefeated prospect with a record of 4-0 following a successful appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018. He’d win his octagon debut against Chris de la Rocha before dropping three consecutive fights, losing to Arjan Bhullar, Greg Hardy, and Tafa.
A true heavyweight coming in right around the 265lb mark, and just 28-years-old, Adams potentially has a long career ahead of him. A stint back on the regional scene, or with the likes of Bellator (who have found a lot of success working with prospects) would seem ideal.