Local Derry fighter Steve Owens has a big future ahead of him after he sealed his second professional win at Akuma Fighting Championship with a 1st round TKO finish over Terry Doyle after his initial opponent Paul Lawrence withdrew.
Owens fights out of Straight Blast Gym Ireland under the leadership of John Kavanagh who has been key in the success of UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. Kavanagh has been huge for Owens and was in his corner for his first pro fight at Real Fighting Championship in Derry back in September.
Owens said “He is the reason for the rise of MMA in Ireland, his knowledge as well, he’s just a wealth of knowledge.”Embed from Getty Images
Owens’ aim is to become a UFC Champion, like his teammate McGregor, who last month made UFC history by becoming the Featherweight and Lightweight, the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously. Owens wants to conquer the world and wants to leave behind his own legacy.
“I’m aiming big, I’m going all the way with this. I plan on having big belts and a lot of money.”
Steve is looking to get back to Derry to fight again early next year, and there could be a fight already lined up with some early trash talk between himself and Joe McColgan. McColgan calls himself “The SBG Hunter”. McColgan reckons Owens is no match for him, and said this on twitter:
However, other fans would disagree with McColgan’s comments…
McColgan is also 2-0 in his professional career, with a notable win over SBG fighter Peter Queally at BAMMA 26 in Dublin in September. A fight with Steve Owens is appealing to any local MMA fan.
Owens is now looking to headline Real Fighting Championship 2 when it returns to Derry next year, and the Derry man only has a few words to say about it.
“It’s gonna be big” Owens said.
Owens has spent time training with McGregor, particularly in the lead up to the Notorious’ fights with Nate Diaz, and for Steve it’s great to have such a character as a teammate. He also trains with young Bellator star James Gallagher, who has a 3-0 record at 20 years old and the “Strabanimal” is also one of the next biggest prospects to have come out of SBG in Dublin.Embed from Getty Images
With MMA on a severe rise in Ireland, Steve Owens is one of the names that continually pops up, and he can do it all. When moving from K1 to MMA, many were unsure whether Owens could handle the ground, bu the Derry man has plenty of experience when it comes to Jiu Jitsu as it’s where it began for him. Owens is excited about what the future holds, and is already a household name in his hometown. He became K1 European Champion back in June and has since burst upon the MMA scene in Ireland.
Catch the full interview with Steve Owens here: