Argos' Chad Owens on MMA bout: 'I'm just trying to live my life'

Chad Owens says he is surprised his decision to fight in an MMA bout on April 6 caused such a stir...

Chad Owens says he is surprised his decision to fight in an MMA bout on April 6 caused such a stir in Toronto. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:42 PM ET

TORONTO - Toronto Argonauts star Chad Owens says he’s not trying to disrespect anyone, especially his football team, by taking part in a mixed martial arts bout on April 6 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

On the other hand, the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player believes that nobody should (pardon the pun) get bent out of shape just because he’s trying something new in his off-season workout routine — even if that routine includes getting kicked, and being kicked, in the head.

“All I’m saying is, ‘This is what makes Chad Owens, Chad Owens.’ I’m not afraid to do things that are uncommon,” said the Argos’ outstanding wide receiver/kick returner.

Speaking over the phone from his native Hawaii, Owens said he was surprised that his decision to train in mixed martial arts and take part in an amateur bout on April 6 created such a fuss in T.O., though he’s not at all shocked that GM Jim Barker and the Argos organization are less than thrilled with his decision to take part in the sport.


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