I juli fick den 26-årige tungviktaren Juan Adams (4-0) ett UFC-kontrakt efter sin knockout av Shawn Reed under Dana Whites ’Tuesday Night Contender’. Nu kommer Adams att göra sin debut i organisationen mot Chris de La Rocha under UFC on FOX 31 i Milwaukee den 15 september.
Adams ser nu fram att introducera sig själv för UFC-fansen med en spektakulär seger i det kommande mötet och är säker på att han kommer att slå igenom i organisationen.
Via ’BJ Penn Radio’:
Obviously the heavyweight division is lacking a couple things right now. We don’t really have a lot of star power apart from myself. You know, our top guys aren’t super entertaining and obviously Derrick Lewis adds the entertainment aspect, but I think I’m a little more aesthetically pleasing to look at than the other heavyweights in the division. There’s that aspect. I definitely connect with fans a lot better than most of the other heavyweights in the UFC. And just in terms of the athletic side of it, I’m the type of athlete the UFC has never seen before in this division and I don’t think anyone can match my pace, my power, or my combination of size, speed and strength. Its definitely something new, I’ve got a good look to me, I’m very marketable.
There’s this kind of stigma for fighters not being the most intelligent out there, but I have degree in computer science. I minored in exercise science, before this I was a loan coordinator at a bank. So I have a unique experience and a unique outlook on things. I have an ability to market myself and the company much better than most other people in the division. No one ever really has everything figured out, but I do take criticism pretty well and I like to go from there and learn from it and learn from each fight and grow and progress, and really do put myself in a good position. Because the better I do, and the better the UFC does, the better everyone does and it makes money for all of us longterm. So that’s definitely the end-game for me. Ultimately there’s gotta be a life after fighting, so that’s what I’m trying to set myself up for right now.
Adams vill hålla sig väldigt aktiv framöver och hoppas på att gå 4 matcher det kommande året.
I want to be very active. I want to fight four times a year. That’s what I want to do. When I do eventually have the belt, I want to defend it twice a year at a minimum. It’s not a fact of if I have the ability, I know I have the ability I just need the opportunity. Once I have my debut I think the world will finally see that and you’ll see a jump in activity from me. There will be an increase in demand for me and I’m happy to supply that.
The thing is, I’m more of a monster than anyone in the division. No ones as big as I am, and anyone that’s close to the same size as me has nowhere near the athletic ability that I do, and I believe [UFC President] Dana White saw that [on the Contender Series]. My accomplishments show that I’m the youngest American UFC heavyweight, I have the fewest fights of any male competitor in the UFC, so there’s clearly something there. They’ve seen something. I know it, my coaches know it. Its just a matter of time until the whole world knows it.
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