Owen Evinger Believes He Can Catch and Beat Joe Warren
MMAjunkie spoke with Bellator 80 main event challenger, Owen Evinger (7-3, MMA). He faces the Baddest Man on the Planet, Joe Warren (7-3, MMA), in the main event at Bellator 80 on November 9.
Evinger’s family reputation of fighting: “My family’s always had a bit of a reputation around the Lee’s Summit area for being pretty tough and generally liking to fight. My dad got in fights all the time growing up. My whole family did, pretty much.”
On advice from his dad about fighting: “My dad always told me never to start a fight, but he also told me never to take any s— from anybody. He told all of us to never back down from a fight. He also told us that if we ever lost a street fight, that we should plan on getting our ass whupped a second time once we got back home. My dad was definitely a hard ass.”
On his responsibilities as a father: “Becoming a father so young really forced me to grow up really fast. I have to make sure I’m taking care of and supporting them, so I can’t just train full-time like a lot of these other fighters. That’s kind of why I haven’t been able to go as far as I should have yet. My children are priority No. 1 for me.”
What beating Joe Warren would mean to him: “I see this fight against Joe Warren as a huge opportunity for me to finally be able to train full time and still take care of my children the way I need to. If I beat the self-proclaimed ‘Baddest Man on the Planet,’ it will definitely open up a lot of doors for me. People are going to start paying attention to me if I go out there and knock Joe Warren out. Who knows – maybe it will give me a chance to get into a Bellator tournament at some point. It’s a big opportunity for me.”
On peoples’ predictions for his chances in this fight: “Everybody out there is saying this is just going to be a highlight reel for Joe Warren because I haven’t fought the kind of guys that he has. This is my chance, so I’ve taken this fight very seriously and I’ve trained every single day that I could. I’m looking to change my life in this fight. It’s a fight, so all I have to do is catch Joe Warren one time and it’s all over.”