Adrian Yanez (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), will look to remain good within the Octagon when he meets Gustavo Lopez (12-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Vegas 22 on March 20.
Yanez stated he has lots of respect for Lopez, particularly his toughness and refusal to stop. Nevertheless, Yanez believes his abilities are extra developed than his fellow bantamweight.
“I’ve fought higher wrestlers, and I’ve positively fought higher strikers,” Yanez instructed MMASucka. “I see lots of openings I do know I’ll be capable of reap the benefits of. If he’s capable of take the pictures, it’s going to be three rounds of me simply selecting him aside. But when he can’t take the pictures? First-round end.”
Adrian Yanez vs. Gustavo Lopez: Story of the Tape
Yanez enters the bout with a 2-inch peak benefit and three.5-inch attain edge. That bodes effectively for Yanez, who stated he does significantly effectively anytime he’s fought somebody shorter than him. It additionally helps that he is aware of the best way to use his size, he stated.
“It’s going to be an enormous benefit for me, as a result of [Lopez is] going to be the one having to attempt to shut the gap,” Yanez stated. “He’s the one who has to actually put himself into the hazard zone for him to land one thing and even come into the wrestling portion, as a result of I do know he’s going to most likely wish to wrestle me and take me down.”
Yanez additionally carried a 3.5-inch attain benefit in opposition to Victor Rodriguez when he made his UFC debut.
“We noticed how that turned out,” Yanez stated.
Yanez scored a first-round head-kick knockout of Rodriguez in that one. He believes Lopez is in for the same destiny.
“First-round knockout,” Yanez predicted. “I really feel [Lopez] leaves too many openings, and if he hasn’t labored on them throughout his coaching camp, he’s gonna fall sufferer to a vicious knockout. He’s a very good fighter, and he’s been examined in opposition to lots of good fighters. To me, I do know I’m completely different. As quickly as he looks like he can’t contact me, I do know he’s going to wish to shoot. And each time he shoots, I do know I’ll land an enormous shot, and I’ll put him away.”
Two of Yanez’s three skilled losses got here on the regional circuit to Miles Johns and Domingo Pilarte – each by break up choice. Johns and Pilarte each compete within the UFC.
Lopez has misplaced to Andre Ewell and John Castaneda on the regional circuit. Each now compete within the UFC. Lopez has additionally misplaced to top-15 bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili.
Yanez identified the similarities of their energy of schedules.
“We each have, on the regional scene, losses to fighters who’re within the UFC at the moment, so we’ve had the high-level fights already,” he stated. “Now we’re each within the UFC. I check out his report, and it’s one thing I can respect, as a result of he’s not a quitter. I have a look at that, and he’s a troublesome canine. It’s a very good take a look at for me.”
Adrian Yanez’s Targets
The UFC bantamweight division has rapidly grown into being arguably the promotion’s deepest. Yanez stated it’s loopy to see guys like former featherweight champion Jose Aldo ranked No. 5; Merab Dvalishvili ranked No. 12 and a “darkish horse” like Rob Font ranked at No. 3. Yanez is “completely” chomping on the bit to rapidly climb the ladder so he can compete in opposition to the perfect of the perfect at 135.
“I wish to be the canine,” he stated. “I wish to be the alpha. As quickly as I stroll into the highest tier of the division, I need all people to be placed on discover. You already know who the highest canine is each time they stroll into the room, and that’s the man I wish to be. Taking a look at all of the top-15 guys, they’re nothing however robust killers. If I’m capable of make a press release, and I’m capable of place myself into the highest tier of the division, it does nothing however nice issues for me.
“Particularly proper now, the top-15, anyone can take that belt on any given day. Like, the top-15 in every other division; in the event you take the No. 15-ranked man and put them in a title struggle, I don’t imagine they’re going to get the win. However within the bantamweight division, positively.”
Yanez’s purpose is to go both 4-0 or 5-0 in 2021. He additionally desires a efficiency bonus in every bout.
“That’s the cool factor about this promotion. You go in there, and as an alternative of getting additional time with an everyday job, you get to go in there for doing actually, actually good. You get a very huge bonus. That’s precisely what I wish to do. 4 fights, 4 bonuses and no Struggle of the Nights; all efficiency bonuses.”
Given the depth of bantamweight, Yanez believes he gained’t be capable of break into the top-15 till 2022; even when he does go undefeated this 12 months. He doesn’t thoughts proving himself by staying within the win column, nonetheless.
“I’m nonetheless the freshman, and all these guys are seniors,” Yanez stated. “I nonetheless gotta make a press release why I should be within the prime; like a starter on the Grade A soccer group. I nonetheless know my place within the UFC proper now. I’ve nonetheless gotta work my means up there. Even when I do end 4-0 this 12 months, I’m nonetheless going to need to do lots of work.
“Have a look at Max Holloway, he needed to go on a seven, eight-fight successful streak even to get the title shot. If it takes eight fights to interrupt the top-15, I’m there for it. If it takes 4, then it takes 4. I don’t thoughts being a workhorse, as a result of I’ve been working for it my entire total profession.”
UFC Vegas 22 is scheduled to go down from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 20.
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