Roger Bowling (fighter)
Bowling (left) prepares for weigh-ins at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson
May 8, 1982 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Mixed martial arts record|
Roger Bowling (born May 8, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing for the UFC in the Lightweight division. He formerly competed for the now-defunct Strikeforce, and held a record of 4-3 with that organization before it folded.
Bowling was born and raised in the small village of Neville, Ohio on the banks of the Ohio River, and is the oldest of three siblings. Despite living in a close-knit community, Bowling's early life was difficult as his father was a drug addict who was often in and out of jail while Bowling's mother had to work two jobs, which including driving a school bus, to support the family. Bowling was athletic playing football and baseball, but his athletic activities were limited by a lack of transportation. He often got into fights and had been looking forward to leave the town. When he was 18 years old he went to live with his girlfriend and go to a vocational school to learn welding. He has a background in amateur boxing and soon began fighting in Toughman-like competitions where he dominated before joining a gym who introduced him to mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
After joining the MMA gym, Bowling had his first fight against an opponent who, at 6'6, towered over the 5'9 Bowling. Despite the huge size disadvantage, Bowling won the bout and broke his opponent's nose. Bowling was 185 lbs. for all of his amateur fights.
From 2007 to 2009, Bowling built his career fighting for the MMA Big Show, a regional promotion known for pitting up and comers against UFC veterans to springboard talent. He earned the Welterweight Title and carried the belt until MMA Big Show Promoter and Manager Jason Appleton signed Bowling to a three-year deal with Strikeforce.
On June 20, 2009 Bowling was set to fight the controversial former UFC Welterweight. War Machine, formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver. However Bowling broke his hand a couple of weeks before the event and was not cleared to fight. The two agreed to fight later in the year. Before the rescheduled match up, Roger defeated Devon Plaisance via TKO in July 2009. Bowling was again set to fight War Machine in the main event of XFC 9 in Tampa, Florida on September 5, however, Bowling was again forced to withdraw due to injury.
In October 2009, Bowling signed with Strikeforce. He was set to make his debut in November 2009, but was forced to withdraw because of an injury.
Bowling subsequently made his debut in May 2010 on the Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey card against Bobby Voelker. Bowling dominated the first two rounds, but was unable to stop Voelker. The fight ended controversially as it was stopped in the third round due to an unintentional eye injury. Per the rules, the fight went to the judges' scorecards and Bowling was awarded a unanimous decision win.
Bowling and Voelker had a rematch in the main event of the Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker card on October 22, 2010. After controlling the action in the first round, demonstrating his speed and striking advantage, Bowling lost the fight in the second round via TKO (strikes), after being hurt by Voelker's ground and pound technique, and was given his first professional loss. Bowling and Voelker fought for a third time at Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III to create Strikeforce's first trilogy. Once again, Voelker won the fight via TKO in the second round.
Bowling next faced Jerron Peoples at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on December 17, 2011. Despite Peoples weighing in nearly 10 pounds heavy, Bowling won the fight via knockout at just under a minute in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In January 2013, the Strikeforce organization was closed by its parent company Zuffa. A list of fighters scheduled to be brought over to the Ultimate Fighting Championship was released in mid-January and Bowling was one of the fighters listed.
Bowling faced Abel Trujillo on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27. The fight ended in controversial fashion as Trujillo landed what appeared to be an illegal knee to the face of Bowling at the end of round two. With Bowling unable to continue, the referee deemed the bout a no contest. In a post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani, Bowling was upset as he felt he had been winning the fight until the illegal knee, and wanted a rematch with Trujillo.
Bowling is married and has a daughter. Aside from professional fighting, he works for an engineering company that builds custom machinery.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||11 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||11–5 (1)||Abel Trujillo||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2||December 14, 2013||2||1:35||Sacramento, California, United States|
|NC||11–4 (1)||Abel Trujillo||No Contest||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2||August 28, 2013||2||4:57||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Trujillo landed an illegal knee and Bowling was unable to continue|
|Loss||11–4||Anthony Njokuani||KO (punch)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||2||2:52||San Jose, California, United States||Lightweight debut|
|Loss||11–3||Tarec Saffiedine||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman||August 18, 2012||3||5:00||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||11–2||Brandon Saling||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey||March 3, 2012||2||1:15||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||10–2||Jerron Peoples||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal||December 17, 2011||1||0:42||San Diego, California, United States||(181 lbs) catchweight bout.|
|Loss||9–2||Bobby Voelker||TKO (knee and punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III||July 22, 2011||2||2:16||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Josh Thornburg||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson||March 5, 2011||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||8–1||Bobby Voelker||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Bowling vs. Voelker||October 22, 2010||2||3:58||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Bobby Voelker||Technical decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey||May 21, 2010||3||1:38||Portland, Oregon, United States||Voelker poked Bowling in the eye and Bowling was unable to continue.|
|Win||7–0||Jerrod Appenzeller||TKO (punches)||MMA Big Show: Triple Threat||February 20, 2010||2||0:14||Vevay, Indiana, United States|
|Win||6–0||Devon Plaisance||TKO (punches)||MMA Big Show: Unstoppable||July 25, 2009||1||0:41||Vevay, Indiana, United States|
|Win||5–0||Seth Baczynski||KO (punches)||MMA Big Show: Retribution||March 7, 2009||1||0:09||Vevay, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–0||Paul Mann||Submission (guillotine choke)||MMA Big Show: Relentless||November 1, 2008||1||3:20||Covington, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||3–0||Shamar Bailey||TKO (punches)||RFL: Hostile Takeover||April 26, 2008||1||0:28||Louisville, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||2–0||Michael Skiba||Submission (punches)||MMA Big Show: Punishment||September 29, 2007||1||1:25||Covington, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Runge||TKO (punches)||MMA Big Show: Domination||June 23, 2007||1||1:56||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
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- "Three Bouts for Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal". MMAJunkie.com. December 6, 2011.
- "UFC Reveals List of Strikeforce Fighters Making Jump to Octagon". sherdog.com. January 16, 2013.
- "UFC on FOX 7 adds Njokuani-Bowling". mmajunkie.com. February 7, 2013.
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- Staff (2013-10-01). "Roger Bowling and Abel Trujillo book rematch for December's UFC on FOX 9 event". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-01.