Austen Lane, former NFL defensive end and current MMA fighter, will make his UFC debut this Saturday night at UFC on ABC 5 in Jacksonville, Florida- the same city where he began his football career 13 years ago.
Austen Lane, undefeated in his MMA career, to kickstart his UFC campaign in Jacksonville
At 35 years of age, Lane will kickstart his campaign within the largest MMA promotion in the world, when he faces Justin Tafa in the Octagon this Saturday, June 24th at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
The former defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 6 ft 6 inches Heavyweight fighter will be part of the main card of the UFC Fight Night card, which will feature the clash between Ilia Topuria and Josh Emmett as the main event.
During his brief NFL career spanning six years, Lane signed for a total of four teams (Jacksonville, Kansas City, Detroit, and Chicago) and managed to play 30 games, 28 of which were with the Jaguars. On August 3, 2015, he announced his retirement as a football player, and in that same year, he debuted as a professional mixed martial arts fighter.
As of now, Lane has a pro MMA record of 12 wins and three losses. All of his twelve victories have been via stoppages- 11 knockouts and one submission. His most recent win dates back to September 20 last year when he defeated Richard Jacobi via 1st round TKO at Dana White’s Contender Series 55 in Las Vegas.