Adrian Adrian’s brand is big, but he also loves big moments.
The former UFC bantamweight champion made a splash with the announcement that he was leaving his UFC welterweight title reign to focus on running his own sports-entertainment business.
But the decision has left many wondering what the future holds for the once-prominent fighter.
Read moreReadMoreThe fighter is now back in the octagon for the first time since his win over Nick Diaz in April, and he says the transition was no different than he expected.
“It’s a very good time for me,” Adrian said in an interview with MMAFighting.
“I’ve never felt so good and so relaxed.
It feels like it’s been my dream since I was little, and I feel so comfortable in this moment.
The transition from being an athlete to being a manager is something I’ve always wanted.
And the moment I started, it was very exciting.
I wanted it to be real, and it was so real, I just couldn’t help myself.”
When Adrian became a fighter, he was fighting at a time when MMA wasn’t yet a mainstream sport.
But Adrian believes his career has been far more successful because of his focus on being a professional athlete.
He’s been on a roll since he made his UFC debut in April 2014, with the undefeated champ holding a two-fight winning streak.
The 32-year-old fighter is known for his striking, and in his first fight back from a shoulder injury, Adrian landed a knockout that took the fight to the third round.
It was a controversial decision, but Adrian thinks it was the right call for a fight that went to the judges scorecards.
“I think it was an absolute no-brainer for the judges to give it to me,” he said.
“There were some really good things in the fight that I thought I had, and then I went to fight Nick Diaz.
He was very good, but it was a fight I didn’t want to get into.
He won by unanimous decision and I felt like I was in the right place at the right time.”
Now Adrian has a career on track to a second-place finish in the welterweights division, with his latest win over Diego Sanchez proving to be the best of the bunch.
Adrian admits he is “a little disappointed” he’s not competing for a UFC title.
“When I started this fight, I thought, I don’t want this to be a UFC fight.
This is not going to be another UFC fight,” he explained.
“But, in my head, I have a real good shot to win this fight.
I’ve been training for this fight for a while.
I know I can fight and I know how to fight.
That’s what I’m here for, to win a title and to put on a show for the fans.”
With a title shot in the cards, Adrians focus is turning toward preparing for a title fight in March.
Adrian said he is already “getting the hang of” fighting at 185 pounds, and while he still has to work on his conditioning, he expects to be ready to face Diaz at some point in March or April.
The former welterbackman is currently ranked #16 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA lightweight rankings, and with a chance to earn a title defense against Diaz in March, he believes his best shot at a title is March.
“You always look at the middleweight division and you always think, ‘Who is going to make it?
Who is going for it?’
The middleweight is always the most difficult division, and there are so many people in the middle that have good performances,” Adriosay said.”
If I’m not ready to fight in the [Middleweight] title fight, then I’ll fight in another division.
But it’s definitely going to come around and I’m confident in my abilities.”
Adrian Adrian was born on July 1, 1987, in the city of Birmingham, Alabama, to Michael Adrian and Sarah.
He spent his early childhood in Los Angeles, and later moved to Arizona where his father, Michael Adri, owned a clothing company.
Adrian was named after his grandfather, who also fought in the United States Army during World War II.
He attended the University of Arizona before moving to Los Angeles to attend the University at Albany.
Adrians family moved to Los Gatos, California, to live with his grandparents in the summer of 2000.
“He was a very quiet kid, a shy, shy kid,” Adrians father, Joe, said.
The younger Adrian often said that his father was a “loner” and “one of those kids who got up early in the morning, went to school, then went home and didn’t speak to nobody.”
“Adrian always had a quiet, shy personality