Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Adrian Yanez

Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Adrian Yanez.

Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 2 which features a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster. The second episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, August 11 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US.

NAME: Adrian Yanez
NICKNAME: None
WEIGHT CLASS: Bantamweight
AGE: 26 years old – 11/29/93
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-7, 135
REACH: 70.5”
LEG REACH: 33.5”
STANCE: Orthodox
BIRTHPLACE: Galveston, TX
FIGHTING OUT OF: Houston, TX
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English, some Spanish
STYLE: Boxer / BJJ
TRAINER: Saul Soliz
STRENGTHS: Boxing, footwork, BJJ
TRAINING: 5am run, work 6:30am to 5:30pm, head straight to the gym, start training at 6:15.
Usually sparring, technique, strength/conditioning
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 10-3

Q&A

Thoughts on opponent, Brady Huang? Good fighter all-round. Not a fighter to sleep on, but I definitely think I’m the better fighter. I see holes in his game that I can exploit.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training at the age of 15. I always wanted to be a boxer but ended up getting into MMA. Had my first MMA fight at 17 and was immediately hooked.

What ranks and titles held? Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Do you have any heroes? My father, my mother, and Coach Saul – they’ve all had a big influence in how my life has gone. My dad was actually a reason I wanted to fight; he was a boxer, so I wanted to try and follow in his footsteps. I ended up going in the route of MMA instead of boxing.

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I absolutely love fighting, and I want to compete with the best in the world. The best in the world are in the UFC. Of course, I’m striving to be a champion, but the first task is getting into the UFC. Fighting in the UFC would mean I’m a part of the best fighters of the world and I’m striving to be the absolute best.

Did you go to College and if so what degree did you earn? Did not attend college.

What was your job before you started fighting? I actually got a job so I could continue to fight. I’m currently still working for the City of Deer Park as a Meter Reader.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition: 6-0 with 4 KOs, 145 Legacy Amateur Champion

Favorite grappling Technique: Triangle Choke

Favorite Striking Technique: Straight right hand

Twitter account: @yanezmma

Facebook Account: Adrian Yanez MMA

Instagram Account: @adrianyanez93

OTHER KEY POINTS:

  • Pro since 2014
  • Five wins by KO, two by submission (Armbar, triangle)
  • On three fight winning streak
  • Three first round finishes
  • Lost split decisions to UFC vets Miles Johns (2018) and Domingo Pilarte (2017)

Q & A Courtesy of the UFC

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