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"The Kraken"

8-4-0

Juan Adams

Juan "The Kraken" Adams

Fighter Details

  • Given Name: Juan Alejandro Arciniega-Adams
  • Pro MMA Record: 8-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Kraken
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 1992-01-16 | Date of Birth: 1992.01.16
  • Last Fight: November 21, 2021 in FFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 261.8 lbs
  • Affiliation: Paradigm Training Center
  • Height: 6'5" (196cm) | Reach: 81.0" (206cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $24,000 USD
  • Born: United States
  • Fighting out of: Houston, Texas
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  • United States

    updated Tue Jan 18 19:58:35 2022
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    Juan Adams is the 5th ranked of 251 active United States Pro Heavyweights.
  • Texas

    updated Thu Jan 20 06:22:34 2022
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    Juan Adams is the 1st ranked of 13 active Texas Pro Heavyweights.
  • US Southwest

    updated Wed Jan 19 23:27:05 2022
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    Juan Adams is the 1st ranked of 28 active US Southwest Pro Heavyweights.

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Juan “The Kraken” Adams (born Juan Alejandro Arciniega-Adams January 16th, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight division and previously competed in high school and collegiate wrestlingfootball, and track and field.


Background

Adams was born and raised in HoustonTexas, the son of Alicia Arciniega and Bret Adams, along with his younger brother Gator Adams. He attended Strake Jesuit College Preparatory High School and graduated in 2010. Adams wrestled while at Strake and once took 5th place at the Texas State Championships and was named an All American at the AAU National High School Wrestling Competition (Disney Duals).  While at Strake Adams also played football and competed in shot put and discus.


He went to college at the Virginia Military Institute where he wrestled for 5 years between 2010 and 2015, serving two years as team captain and wrestling in over 100 collegiate matches. He received a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Exercise Science, twice making the Dean’s List.  During this period he began training at the Paradigm Training Center in Houston to supplement his wrestling coaching. He continues to train at Paradigm to this day.


Professional Career

After graduating, Adams pursued an NFL tryout for 6 months, with both the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Colts showing interest.  Instead of waiting a year to see if he would earn a tryout, Adams decided to pursue a career in martial arts. After a tryout with the WWE, Adams decided to focus on mixed martial arts. Adams then joined Garcia Promotions as an amateur in September of 2016.


Adams went 3-0 as an amateur and was recruited to turn professional by the Legacy Fighting Alliance in September of 2016.  While with the LFA, Adams once again went 3-0 and was given an invitation to appear on the July 31st, 2018 episode of Dana White’s Contender Series. Adams scored a decisive TKO by way of ground and pound against Shawn Teed at 4:17 of the first round, earning himself a UFC contract. On December 15th, 2018,  Adams made his UFC debut with a TKO victory over Chris De La Rocha at 0:47 of the third round during UFC on Fox 31.

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