Staying active was the name of the game during the first pro year of Delaney “Lil Scrappy” Owen’s career.
Starting with her debut in January, Owen fought four times in 2014, keeping the kind of schedule she had set for herself as an amateur prior to turning pro.
“I was really knocking them out and was trying to get as much experience as I could as quickly as I could,” Owen told MMAWeekly.com. “It was a good experience. I was able to win two titles in one year for the same promotion, so that was exciting.”
While Owen was mostly successful in 2014, she suffered the only loss of her career at Invicta FC 8 in September to J.J. Aldrich.
“My Invicta loss did a lot to me,” said Owen. “I really kind of had to step back and look at the holes in my game. I had to change my mindset. It was a really tough loss.
“After that I really revamped what I was working on and changed a lot of things for my next fight at SCS 23 in November. I learned from it and was able to come back stronger.”
Owen (3-1) will be seeking some redemption when she returns at Invicta FC 12 on Friday in Kansas City. She takes on promotional newcomer Sharon Jacobson (2-1) in a dark-horse candidate for Fight of the Night.
“She’s a very tough opponent and this is not going to be an easy fight,” said Owen of Jacobson. “I’m just going to go out there and fight my fight.
“I think it’s going to be a war. I think it’s going to be a brawl. I’m excited because I think she’s going to bring everything she has.”
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Tenacity is something that Owen has never lacked, and on April 24 she intends to show everyone that she has learned from her sole loss and can be someone to watch in Invicta FC in 2015.
“I do want to redeem myself because it’s really important to me to overcome obstacles and challenges,” said Owen. “I’m very hard on myself, so if I fail at something, I’m going to keep going at it until I succeed and win. That’s something that drives me every day.
“I want to go out there and make my coaches proud and show the world what I can really do.”