- A former NFL participant Austen Lane transitioned into MMA and now has a UFC contract.
- Lane, previously of the Jaguars, beat an opponent within the first spherical and impressed Dana White.
- At a post-event huddle, he instructed reporters Aaron Rodgers might combat within the cage, too, if he needed.
LAS VEGAS — A former NFL participant transitioned into MMA and, after a profitable UFC audition on Tuesday, mentioned he thought Aaron Rodgers might most likely do the identical, too.
Austen Lane, a former defensive finish for the Jacksonville Jaguars, performed 4 seasons within the NFL earlier than making his MMA debut in 2017.
After choosing up his eleventh win from 14 fights whereas competing on the regional scene, the Contender Collection recruited him and matched him in opposition to fellow heavyweight Richard Jacobi for a five-fight card Tuesday on the Apex in Las Vegas.
After a quick begin that noticed Lane strike Jacobi low, the referee known as for a pause to the motion. When it resumed, Lane was there as soon as once more as he sought to placed on a present.
The American fighter completed Jacobi within the first spherical, waited round to listen to if he acquired a UFC contract from Dana White, after which celebrated raucously when he acquired the excellent news.
He then addressed reporters in a huddle, the place one requested him if considered one of three notable NFL gamers within the recreation right now might make the identical transition he has carried out and compete within the UFC.
Requested to choose from quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Patrick Mahomes, Lane chosen Rodgers as a result of he is “on that ayahuasca kick proper now.”
Rodgers is famed for referencing the psychoactive drink as a purpose for his recreation’s enchancment, to the extent that he is received back-to-back MVP awards.
For Lane, that seems to be purpose sufficient to see success within the combat recreation, too.
Ayahuasca may very well be the important thing to success, in response to new UFC fighter Austen Lane
“Once you do this ayahuasca stuff, it may possibly type of free your thoughts a bit bit, open your thoughts to various things. You speak about jiu-jitsu and flowing,” the 34-year-old mentioned.
“I am a Wisconsin dude by and thru,” Lane mentioned. “Go forward and provides me Aaron Rodgers.
“Go forward and provides me ayahuasca journeys. Go forward and provides me the opening his thoughts and all the things like that, and let’s have a look at what he can do within the cage.”
Lane was considered one of 5 MMA fighters at Tuesday’s combat card on the Contender Collection who acquired full-time UFC offers after impressing Dana White.
It’s at the moment unclear when his debut within the UFC shall be.