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Austen Lane

Heavyweight Division

12-4-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Austen Lane

athlete record


Learn more about Austen Lane's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Evanston, United States
Octagon Debut
Jun. 24, 2023
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2017
  • Eleven wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)
  • Scored November 2021 TKO of UFC vet Juan Adams
  • Nine first-round finishes
  • Five wins in 1:39 or less
  • Had reported 5-0 amateur record with five KOs
  • Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Round Five of the 2010 NFL Draft
  • Played for Jacksonville, Kansas City, Detroit and Chicago during a four-year NFL career as a defensive end
  • Had 66 career tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble in the NFL
  • College accolades: AP third-team All-America honors (2008), AP first-team All-America honors (2009), OVC Defensive Player of the Year (2009), 2× First-team All-OVC honors (2008, 2009)

UFC 293 (9/9/23) Lane was stopped by Justin Tafa via strikes at 1:22 of the first round 

UFC on ABC (6/24/23) Lane’s bout with Justin Tafa was ruled a no contest at :29 of the first round due to an accidental eye poke rendered Tafa unable to continue


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 6

Episode nine (9/20/22) Lane stopped Richard Jacobi via strikes at 4:34 of the first round


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 2

Episode one (6/12/18) Lane was stopped by Greg Hardy via strikes at :57 of round one

When and why did you start training for fighting? 2012 - to improve skills for football. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Combat night amateur and pro titles, Warfare MMA South Carolina heavyweight title, Fury FC

Do you have any heroes? My family

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?  Justifies the hard work and sacrifice / the next level of goal achieving.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Murray State – Bachelor’s in Journalism / Mass Communication 

What was your job before you started fighting?  NFL player 

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Blue belt in BJJ

Favorite grappling technique: Head and arm choke

Favorite Striking technique: Jab