Justin "Cowboy" Adams


Full Name Justin Adams
Nick Name Cowboy
Class Amateur
Weight 155 lbs
Rank Top 10 in Oklahoma
Height 5’7”
Association Various


Raised in the mountains of New Mexico, I grew up riding bulls, hunting, building log homes and doing other manly stuff. Eventually, I moved to Texas to pursue oilfield work and to continue my professional bull riding career. Upon realization that the Brazilians were winning all of the rodeos I entered, I contacted Travis Lutter about his jiu jitsu classes to identify why these Brazilians were better athletically suited for riding bulls and the rest is history. Recently divorced and father to the coolest 5 year old girl in the world, I plan to continue fighting after receiving medical clearance for a detached retina. At least until I can corner up a ring card girl.

Q&A Session Between Justin Adams and Elite Sports

Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?

Answer: The limitless possibilities to submit opponents, based solely upon body mechanics and creativity. MMA? Pure, unfiltered dedication, work ethic and tenacity. You learn to toughen up physically and mentally.

Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?

Answer: Travis Lutter for Man Card Status, GSP for long term reign, Isaiah/Johnny Gutierrez for grit and work ethic, Hugh Heffner for long term vision.

Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?

Answer: I aim to win Master’s Worlds at the purple belt level, obtain my brown belt and get my eye surgery. Win an MMA title and clean my fridge. Retire from MMA, riding bulls, act my age and trade in these abs for a beer belly.

Question: How long have you been training?

Answer: BJJ 9 years,
MMA about 5 years

Question: How often do you train?

Answer: 3-4 times per week

Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?

Answer: I’ve developed cauliflower ear that rivals that of a Lord of the Rings character.

Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?

Answer: Takedown to S Mount to Back to RNC to Panting to Victory Smirk

Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?

Answer: The ability to endure disappointment, the open-mindedness to alter approach, the confidence to believe your vision and the grit to outlast the rest of the herd.

Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?

Answer: I keep Elite MMA gloves and handwraps, alongside my Elite brand Gi, all tucked inside my Elite gear bag. I’ll likely purchase some Elite boxing gloves and shin guards for sparring days and some of those attractive Elite rashguards to keep the funk away!