Everything You Need to Know About the UFC Prospect Adrian Yanez

Published 07/22/2021, 1:43 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Adrian Yanez reacts after his knockout victory over Victor Rodriguez in a bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC Vegas 32 on July 24 has several exciting fights lined up that have grabbed the attention of fans. However, one fight has been circled on everyone’s calendar and it is a bantamweight scrap between Adrian Yanez and Randy Costa. The bout was recently promoted to become the main card opener and given the violence that is expected, this is no surprise.

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The aforementioned fight is expected to take the cake as a ‘Fight of the Night’ contender and potentially even a ‘Fight of the Year’ scrap. The 13-3 scrapper in Adrian Yanez is largely the reason why fans can’t wait to tune in. Let’s take a closer look at the Texas native’s career and assess his ceiling in the UFC.

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Adrian Yanez: A born fighter

Yanez first burst onto the mainstream scene on Dana White’s Contender Series where he impressed the boss the pick up the TKO win. He was immediately handed a UFC contract and has rattled off two more KO’s under the organization’s banner. He is fresh off a KO win over rival Gustavo Lopez with whom he had an ongoing feud.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: (R-L) Adrian Yanez knocks out Victor Rodriguez with a kick in a bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Yanez isn’t exactly new to high-level MMA as he used to compete in LFA, Bellator, and Fury FC before joining the UFC. He’s currently riding a 6 fight win streak and hasn’t lost since November 2018. Furthermore, Adrian Yanez is as durable as they come and he’s never been stopped in his entire 16 fight career thus far.

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But when it comes to dishing out finishes, it’s hard to top the Metro Fight Club prospect who has heavy hands. He has a 62% KO/TKO rate with 8 stoppages via strikes in his 13 pro wins with 2 more of his victories coming by way of submission. So far in the UFC he’s been exclusively putting people’s lights out and he’ll want to do the same to Randy Costa.

Tapology ranks Yanez as the 30 Best Bantamweight Fighter in MMA and he’s sure to break into the top 15 UFC rankings soon. He’s definitely a fighter to watch out for and he’s already calling his shot as a future belt holder.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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