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After taking multiple shots at Greg Hardy, Paradigm Training Center’s Juan Adams will finally get his hands on the former NFL defensive end, who much like him, is a knockout artist. Who catches who as they trade blows on July 20 at UFC on ESPN 4? Let the numbers below give you a glimpse of this electrifying encounter.
Age and heightAt 30, Hardy is the older of the two. Adams turned 27 earlier this year while Hardy will turn 31 on July 28, exactly eight days after their upcoming bout. The American Top Team representative stands 6’5” just like his counterpart. Both fighters tower over many in the division, but this time, they are fighting someone their equal in height.
UFC appearancesBoth Hardy and Adams are quite new to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with only a couple of promotional fights. Hardy made his debut on Jan. 19 of this year, losing by disqualification (illegal knee) to Allen Crowder at UFC Fight Night 143. He bounced back at UFC Fight Night 150 by knocking out Dmitry Smoliakov.
Like Hardy, Adams is also 1-1 in the UFC. He burst into the Octagon with a devastating knockout of Chris de la Rocha on Dec. 15, 2018 at UFC on Fox 31. However, he wasn’t able to sustain his momentum and lost to Arjan Singh Bhullar via decision at UFC Fight Night 151.
In addition, both fighters have appeared at Dana White’s Tuesday Contender Series. Adams appeared once, while Hardy graced the show twice.
Finishing rateWhen Hardy and Adams land their most solid punches, expect the fight to end via knockout every time. Yes, both fighters parade a 100 percent finishing rate when they win, all by KO or TKO.
Hardy owns four wins by knockout (Austen Lane, Tebaris Gordon, Ray Jones and Smoliakov) while Adams has five (Chris Rose, Brice Ritani-Coe, Dwight Gipson, Shawn Teed and de la Rocha).
First-round finishesBecause they both have heavy hands, it’s no surprise that Hardy and Adams can finish a fight the moment they touch their opponent. This has been true on four occasions for both fighters. Hardy’s fastest KO was against Gordon at 17 seconds while Adams’ fastest KO was against Rose at 1 minute and 11 seconds.
Significant strikes landedAdams has spent a total of 25 minutes and 58 seconds inside the Octagon and has made every second count, as evidenced by the number of significant strikes he has landed. Records from Fightmetric show that he connected 86 significant strikes on de la Rocha and 81 on Bhullar for a total of 167.
Meanwhile, Hardy has been in the Octagon much less at 9 minutes and 43 seconds and has scored 43 significant strikes in total. He landed 29 on Crowder and 14 on Smoliakov.