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UFC’s Adrian Yanez Feels Do-Or-Die Situation

Adrian Yanez has his back against the wall heading into UFC Fight Night 241.

Yanez (16-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) welcomes Vinicius Salvador to bantamweight on May 18 at the UFC Apex. Both fighters will be looking to snap two-fight losing skids, and Salvador will be looking for his first octagon victory.

The 30-year-old, who was once considered one of the most highly touted prospects in the UFC, admits he was surprised to draw former flyweight Salvador (14-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and knows he’s in a must -win sits. situation.

“I’m in a do-or-die situation in my head right now, so I don’t want to worry about anything,” Yanez told Bloody Elbow.

Yanez’s losses came via stoppages of ranked contenders Rob Font and Jonathan Martinez. Losing Martinez was a harder pill to swallow.

“That second (Martinez), first kick landed, and boom, my whole leg went up immediately,” Yanez said. “I just felt a big shock in my leg. I felt warm liquid. It felt like my leg was bleeding for a second. … That second one was a lot harder to get over because I had a lot more time to sit back and soak in it because I had to have surgery after that fight. It has also given me a different view on many things. In my 2023 I felt way too comfortable.

“I felt comfortable in the position I was in. I had a ranking next to my name and I felt comfortable. I was like, ‘Ah man, I fight the best. I’m here, I’m so close.’ I took my foot off the accelerator. I started giving others control over what I did in camp, but I didn’t really have full control. Before that Font fight, I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in. Going into the Martinez fight I thought I was in good shape there mentally, but when I walked to the cage there were still remnants of that loss beforehand. As I walked out, it was still kind of in the back of my mind.

Yanez recently spent time training with red-hot featherweight Diego Lopes (24-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who is coming off a first-round TKO of Sodiq Yusuff at UFC 300.

“It got me excited,” Yanez said during practice with Lopes. “Like, man, when you’re around like-minded people like them who want to get better and always want to train, who light a fire under my butt, it rekindles my love for the game.”

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