RISE OF LIONS '17
A Mixed Martial Arts Revolution for Africa
By D'Juan "dirty south" Owens
D'Juan "Dirty South" Owens is a highly experienced pro-MMA fighter, with a record of 26 professional fights, and a commited supporter of LionHeart's vision to develop MMA, as means to create opportunities for combat sports athletes in Africa. In that vein, D'Juan will offer free MMA seminars to martial arts teams, as well as self-defense courses to local communities in Dakar, Senegal from 13 to 15 March 2017. D'Juan currently lives in North Carolina and fights out of the MMA Institute in Richmond, Virginia USA.
If you're not ACTIVELY engaged in the dismantling or disrupting of the system that created the circumstances that you're striving to improve, then you're NOT serious about the revolutionary work - D'Juan Owens
As a veteran of XFC, Titan FC, and Inca FC, D'Juan spent most of his professional career taking on fights as an underdog, and more often than not prevailing over crowd favorites. D'Juan is credited with beating UFC veteran Dustin Pague and TUF contestant Ran Weathers, as well as wins over Bellator fighters Jeremy Myers and Ian Rammel.
- 12 march - Self défense seminare “Lionesses for Défense” : 1630 to 1900 at Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor.
- 13 march - MMA Seminar by D’Juan Owens: 2030 to 2230 at Olympic Club on the Corniche de l”Ouest.
- 14 march - Exhibition et MMA seminar by D’Juan Owens: 1630 to 1900 at city hall of parcelles assainies.
- 15 march - MMA seminar by D’Juan Owens: 2030 to 2230 at Olympic Club on the Corniche de l”Ouest.
With no previous martial arts or wrestling background, D'Juan began training MMA at the age of 23 while serving in the United States Marine Corps, after he was inspired by watching The Ultimate Fighter. In spite of many challenges, D'Juan stuck to his training and was unexpedly thrusted into his first amateur fight replacing an injured teammate.
D'Juan traveled to Russia and Peru to compete in MMA, and on his own initiative later traveled to Africa to use his talent to make the world a better place. A conscious warrior, D'Juan's love for Africa took him on missions to Uganda where he taught Jiu jitsu, MMA, and self-defense seminars. He organized his seminars at schools, youth centers, religious institutions, and gyms across the country. The focal point of his self-defense seminars were gender-based violence prevention, and once the technical portion of his self-defense seminars ended, he held group discussions about situational awareness, domestic violence, and common misconceptions about sexual violence.
D'Juan will be attending the LionHeart 2017 Dakar Open as an advanced nogi competitor and is currently seeking a suitable opponent for an MMA super-fight planned during the BJJ Open. This MMA super-fight is designed to demonstrate the close relationship between BJJ and modern MMA to the local audience.