One to Watch at UFC Vegas 12: Adrian Yanez

Adrian Yanez (11-3) is fighting for his Father, a former Golden Gloves boxer, who always wanted to see his son in the UFC. Yanez’s boxing background still shines bright in his MMA game, superior calculated pressure and power have brought down five opponents in round one. He scored a breathtaking knockout in the first frame of his Contender Series chance. Now, he’s back at the Apex Center three months later for UFC Vegas 12.

Adrian began his professional MMA resume in 2014 at just 20 years old, after reeling off 6 undefeated wins at the amateur level. He’s only ever lost by decision, and after his first defeat, Yanez went back to the lab to retool his game.  Adrian got a BJJ brown belt through Metro Fight Club in Houston, TX, improving his ground game to keep pace with his expert boxing.

Yanez boxing skills make him the intriguing prospect he’s become. He combines slick footwork and head movement to keep opponents off balance and set up counter punches. His father taught a young Yanez extremely well, solid fundamental skills still pay his bills. His use of cutting angles while staying noticeably relaxed in tight situations show the levels he’s progressed through on the way to the top. Opponents have had trouble with Adrian’s boxing, evidenced by six being stopped via his heavy hands.

Adrian Yanez was set to face Aaron Phillips (12-4) until he pulled out on Oct. 20 due to injury. Now Alaska FC 135 lb. champ Victor Rodriguez (7-2), who has finished all opponents he’s faced. Rodriguez’s first time facing competition outside Alaska will be against Yanez at UFC Vegas 12. It all goes down as the co-main event on the prelims starting at 1 PM ET.

Adrian Yanez | 11-3 | 5’7 135 lbs. | Age 26 | Reach 70” | Orthodox Stance | Fighting Out of Houston, Texas

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