NFL Vet Austen Lane Scores his Ninth Straight Round 1 KO at Warfare MMA 18

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – During his five year career in the NFL, Jaguars and Lions defensive end Austen Lane proved that he’s the type of athlete who can hold his own on the biggest stage in sports. Saturday night in the main event of FloCombat’s Warfare MMA 18, the 6’6″ heavyweight showed that he has the potential to become an even bigger star inside the cage with an impressive TKO win over previously undefeated 6’3″ bruiser Ben Rowland.

Lane enjoyed a substantial reach advantage and used it well in the form of early side kicks before charging forward with power strikes. The ex-Murray State star showed off an impressive base in the clinch, crushing Rowland with some nasty uppercuts that left the big man staggered and bloodied. With a little more composure, Lane could have probably put the hide-tough Rowland out with a clean KO. But the Kentucky-bred underdog managed to avoid the kill shot and hang on in the clinch as both men tired during the waning moments of the brief fight.

By the time Lane was done battering him, Rowland (4-1) was still standing but was suffering from a badly swollen left eye and could barely keep his mouthpiece secure. The doctor waved for the merciful stoppage, awarding Austen Lane (4-0) his ninth consecutive first round KO/TKO win (including amateur competition). The 30 year old Lane is still raw, but his power and physical base are outstanding and he showed promising skills on the feet before he went wild looking for the finish. In the thin heavyweight ranks, Lane stands out as a potential diamond in the rough and he could find himself with a chance to impressive in an AXS TV or Dana White Contender Series spot sooner rather than later – until then, check out a glimpse of the big man vs. Rowland courtesy of FloCombat and Warfare MMA:

 

Meanwhile, in the Warfare MMA 18 co-main event, South Carolina welterweight talent Cody Jones (5-2) took down Nickalas Martino (2-4) early and busted him open with hacking elbows. Although Martino briefly reversed to top position, the 25 year old Jones immediately locked in rubber guard before switching sides and cinching up a kimura that forced an immediate tap. Dominant work from Jones, who now owns three submission finishes as a pro:

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