Former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams has signed on with the Professional Fighters League as an alternate.
Adams (9-4), a.k.a. “The Kraken,” announced the news on social media on Wednesday.
“Just signed the contract for PFL MMA. I will be an alternate meaning that if anyone can’t fight for whatever reason I get my shot,” Adams wrote on Facebook. “I weigh in June 23 either way in Atlanta. My sponsors are set and I just want to thank all of them, as well as my fans for staying by me through the difficult process of finding a willing opponent, especially FURY Fighting Championship for allowing me this opportunity.”
“It’s no secret that plans don’t always unfold our way, but trusting in the timing of higher powers outside of my understanding has made way for numerous opportunities,” Adams added. “There’s six months left in this year and I plan to make the most of them.”
Adams won his way into the UFC in 2018 by way of Dana White’s Contender Series, after starting his pro carer going 3-0 for Legacy Fighting Alliance. After winning his first fight inside the octagon, he went on a three-fight slump that saw him lose fights to Arjan Bhullar, Greg Hardy, and Justin Tafa. That brought about his exit from the company.
From there, Adams moved to Fury FC, winning his next three fights, and capturing the Fury FC heavyweight title in the process. Though he’d lose the belt in his next fight, Adams bounced back in February, defeating EliteXC and UFC vet Aaron Rosa via TKO.
While Adams won’t necessarily fight on June 23, or at all, for the PFL, were he to step into the tournament, he’d have a shot at a million dollars in prize money. That’s the sort of opportunity that’s awfully hard to say no to.