Delaney Owen: The Future is Now
Delaney Owen has been like a Category 5 hurricane storming her way through Women’s MMA in Florida and even into other states. In a short time she has put together a 6-1 amateur record and currently holds two title belts. At just 20 years old and less than 2 years in the sport, she has made herself known in MMA all throughout the Southeast. Delaney grew up with competitive sports. She has been an avid competitor all of her life. She found her way to BJJ at the age of 18. Her interest in it came from wanting a better level of self-defense. Within a year her coach suggested she give MMA a chance, so she did. The result was a 2nd round Submission victory against Paxton Nettles in her debut fight. Within 3 months Owen had risen to a 4-0 record and showed great promise.
Her next fight would prove to be the most grueling of her young career. She traveled to North Carolina to battle Hannah Cifers at USFFC 11: Redemption. The fight was a 5 round title fight at 115lbs. Owens lost the fight on a very close Decision. She stayed focused and returned back to Florida to continue her journey. Atlas Fights, in Mississippi, would be next for her. She fought at Atlas Fights 15 against Megan Geraghty and won by Unanimous Decision. This set her up for a title fight at Atlas Fights 17. Her opponent, Miki Rogers, would prove to be a tough opponent, but not tough enough. Delaney won the fight by way of Unanimous Decision and was crowned the Atlas Fights 115lb Champion. Upon her return to Florida, the WCFL honored her at their event with the WCFL 115lb interim title.
Her head coach is one of the most important people in her life. Michael Yanez is a BJJ Black belt under Pablo Popovitch and is the owner of Highlander MMA in Tampa, FL. Since day one, Delaney has trained at Highlander MMA. Her and Yanez grew close to each other and after some time announced their engagement this past year. He has been a pivotal factor in her success. Delaney is currently preparing for a 115lb title fight against Sarah Payant at World Class Fight League 7 on October 12th at the Downtown Tampa Hilton. Delaney’s driving force is her passion. She will not let others distract her from achieving her goals. Women’s MMA has barely begun. The future of women’s MMA is incredibly strong. Delaney Owen is the future, and her time is now.