Austen Lane is a former American football defensive end and current mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After spending four years with the team, he then spent one year each with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions before being released from his contracts. Since then, he has pursued an MMA career, fighting in regional events such as XFN MMA and Titan FC since 2018.
Born on January 8th 1988 in Lake Wales, Florida to Bruce and Rebecca Lane, Austen attended Lake Wales High School where he excelled both academically and athletically. As a senior in high school, he was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com where they ranked him as one of the top 40 strongside defensive ends available for recruiting that year.
After graduating high school Austen went on to play college football at Murray State University where he totaled 94 tackles (72 solo) along with 9 sacks during his 3 seasons there between 2006 – 2009 ranking him 6th all time for total sacks at Murray State University Football Program History During this time period Austen also gained recognition when Sports Illustrated named him one of their “Faces In The Crowd” athletes due to his performance on field at MSU
In 2010 Austen entered into NFL draft and was selected by Jacksonville Jaguars as 5th round pick # 153 overall . During 4-year tenure with Jaguars from 2010 – 2013 ,he contributed significantly making 33 appearances overall starting 7 games during that time frame totaling 39 tackles( 32 solo ) 1 sack ,4 pass deflections ,2 forced fumbles & 2 fumble recoveries Concluding Season 2013 saw Austens last stints with Chicago Bears & Detroit Lions respectively before being released from both teams without ever taking field .. This ultimately led way towards pursuit of professional Mixed Martial Arts Career after signing up for Combate Americas tryouts right after retirement from NFL This proved successful n landed him Contract for Regional fights under Titan Fighting Championship against tough opponents like Rashard Lovelace who have had extensive experience within sport itself having fought more than 100 amateur bouts prior going Pro . And so far throughout 2019/2020 season ,Austen has been able to attain success through wins against fellow contenders like Justin Guthrie & Rodrigo Almeida thus pushing him further towards UFC contract Currently residing back home in Central Florida near Orlando ;Austen continues training hard everyday alongside fiancée Erika Jordan preparing himself for next big tournament fight which could be potential standout stepping stone towards achieving ultimate goal which is getting signed up officially by Ultimate Fight Championship thus becoming part of exclusivity which only few can obtain status off competing amongst best fighters across globe …