December 6, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
CHAD Owens is back to being a football player, but the CFL's 2012 outstanding performer isn't ruling out a return to the Octagon.
The Toronto Argonauts receiver/kick returner said Monday his priority has shifted back to preparing for training camp in June and helping the CFL club defend its Grey Cup title. But on Saturday night, the Hawaii native made his mixed martial arts debut a winning one.
Owens earned a unanimous decision against Junyah Tefaga in Honolulu. The two fought as amateurs and battled through two three-minute rounds.
The 5-8, 180-pound Owens fought in the 170-pound class and went by the nickname of Mighty Mouse.
"If all the dots align and it makes sense, then yeah, I'd definitely love to experience it again and see where it goes, but for right now, I'm not looking towards that," Owens said.
"I'm focused on June 1, which is when I have to report to training camp.That's the next fight, and once I conquer that, then we'll go into the season and it's a new fight each week.
"I've been fighting for a long time; that's just my way of looking at it. But (the MMA event) was exciting, it was awesome, I thought I was in the UFC for a second.
"It's rare in the off-season you get your competitive juices flowing to that level of game day, but that's what it was. It was a personal thing, something inside... stuff that I needed and wanted to do."
And for a long time, Owens added.
"It's something I've been wanting to do and talking about doing for years now," he said. "The opportunity came up and I rode with it.
"The feeling is something I've never felt before and I like the feeling. You put in the work, you put in the time and you only have yourself to blame if you fail, and I'm not about failure. I was very motivated going into this fight, believe me."
-- The Canadian Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 9, 2013 D5