Sunday, February 20, 2005

Juan Adams has made it no secret that he wants to throw down with Greg Hardy. Peek at any of the UFC heavyweight’s social media pages ...
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“[The UFC] made it pretty clear that they’re never going to let me fight Greg Hardy,” Adams said. “They’re clearly protecting him.”

When asked to clarify his stance on the protection, Adams cited not just the UFC, but also Hardy’s management team. Each of the two groups had their own ways of letting Adams know he wasn’t on their list.

“After my last fight, we texted Mick [Maynard], and we didn’t hear anything back forever,” Adams shared and added, “[His management team] said from their own mouth, ‘well, it’s not protecting, we’re building a star, so we have to protect his record.’ That’s exactly what they said.”

While some might be disappointed to be shut down for a fight on so many fronts, Adams, always the optimist, finds the humor in a situation.

“I just think it’s hilarious that they want to put that as a co-main and try to force feed him to fans, when there’s so much better talent out there,” he said.

As for Hardy’s most recent performance, you can imagine that Adams wasn’t impressed there either. In fact, the performance further proves to him why they wouldn’t let him anywhere near the UFC’s commodity.

“I thought he looked like s*** - he’s terrible, man,” he said with a laugh. “You look at his form and he’s leaving his feet with every punch, he’s burning himself out. He’s just not very good.”

And Adams was even less impressed by the skills of Hardy’s opponent Dmitrii Smoliakov.

“I don’t know how the guy he fought was 9-2,” he said, offering a suggestion. “Honestly, it looked like a paid dive.”

Adams fights Arjan Bhullar this weekend at UFC on ESPN+ from Ottawa.

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