After months and months of waiting, we finally have the return of highly touted bantamweight prospect Adrian Yanez (16-3) coming up, as he’s slated to face no. 7 ranked Rob Font (19-6) on April 8, 2023, at a to be determined event and venue.
This booking has been confirmed by Adrian Yanez on his Facebook page.
Yanez has been on a serious hot streak as of late, going undefeated thus far through his first five octagon bouts, extending his win streak to nine-straight with seven knockouts.
Those victories came over the likes of Victor Rodriguez (KO), Gustavo Lopez (KO), Randy Costa (TKO), Davey Grant (SD), and Tony Kelley (TKO), and he received a bonus for all five fights; Performance of the Night’s in all four knockout wins, and a Fight of the Night for his bout with Davey Grant.
Yanez’ striking is incredibly precise; his boxing is always on point, and he’s got some great kicks to go along with it.
He’ll need that when facing someone of Rob Font’s caliber, who’s fought many of the very best in the sport, and is a very, very skilled boxer in his own right.
Though Font comes into the bout on a two-fight skid, having lost back-to-back five round battles to former WEC & UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (UD) and fellow top contender Marlon Vera (UD), he came into his bout with Aldo on a streak of his own.
Font came to the UFC as the CES featherweight champion and had a 5-2 start to begin his UFC tenure, securing all five victories via finish (four knockouts, one submission).
In this time, he only lost to current ONE bantamweight champion John Lineker (UD) and longtime top contender Pedro Munhoz (guillotine choke). Following these initial seven fights, Font would lose to another bantamweight staple in Raphael Assuncao (UD) before winning his next four-straight.
Those four wins came over the likes of Sergio Pettis (UD), Ricky Simon (UD), Marlon Moraes (KO), and Cody Garbrandt (UD).
Pettis went on to sign with Bellator where he is currently the bantamweight champion, Simon is a former LFA bantamweight champion that’s won his last five-straight in dominant fashion since losing to Font, Moraes is one of the most dangerous fighters ever, and a former multi-time WSOF bantamweight champion, and Garbrandt is a former UFC bantamweight champion that handily defeated the best ever to claim the throne.
Garbrandt is also 32-1 in amateur boxing, and Font had his way with him on the feet, winning all five rounds of the contest.
Font has been finished just once throughout his 25-fight career, while Yanez has never been finished in MMA through 19 fights, and his last two defeats came via split decision, the latter in a five round LFA bantamweight title fight. He could easily be 17-2 or 18-1.
As you see, Font is the more experienced of the two combatants, though he’ll be nearly 36 years of age by time this fight takes place. Yanez on the other hand just turned 29 in November. Will that play a factor?
Who comes out of this highly anticipated bantamweight showdown the victor?
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