Brian Bowles (fighter)
|Born||Brian David Bowles
June 22, 1980
Charleston, West Virginia, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||70.5 in (179 cm) |
|Fighting out of||Athens, Georgia, United States|
|Team||The HardCore Gym
American Top Team
|Trainer||Adam & Rory Singer
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Brian Bowles (born June 22, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2006, Bowles is also the former WEC Bantamweight Champion.
Bowles was born in Charleston, West Virginia and raised in the small town of Chesapeake, Virginia by his single mother. Bowles' father, who was largely absent from his life, died when Bowles was 11 years old. In the eighth grade, Bowles moved to Jackson County, Georgia, attending Jackson County Comprehensive High School where competing in wrestling for three years. Bowles was later introduced to mixed martial arts by a former teammate after graduating, and began training at The HardCore Gym.
Mixed martial arts career
Bowles compiled an undefeated 7-0 amateur record and began his professional career in regional promotions, earning two first-round stoppages and amassing an undefeated record of 3-0.
World Extreme Cagefighting
In his first two fights in the organization, he submitted Charlie Valencia with a rear-naked choke and knocked out Marcos Galvao at WEC 31 with a flurry that stunned his opponent and a strong right hook to finish, both ending within minutes of the second round, showcasing his proficiency in striking and submission offense (with a primarily wrestling base).
At WEC 35 he finished fellow Bantamweight contender Damacio Page with an impressive first-round guillotine choke he locked in while his opponent was still standing. It was near the end of 2008 where Bowles would have his most notable victory in the organization yet, defeating Will Ribeiro (who was 10-1 at that time) in the third round via another guillotine choke, on the WEC 37 main card. He was then scheduled to headline WEC 40 in a bout with Miguel Torres, but was forced to withdraw due to a back injury weeks before the event, and was replaced by top ten bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki. Torres successfully defended his belt against Mizugaki.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.
Bowles faced former opponent Damacio Page on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann. In what Joe Rogan described as " a comet that comes around every 1,000 years," Bowles defeated Page by guillotine choke at 3:30 of the first round, the same method and exact time that he defeated Page in their first meeting.
Bowles failed his UFC 160 drug test with an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio. The NSAC allows a T/E Ratio of 6:1 and Bowles was over 20:1. Bowles did not appeal the result and was subsequently suspended for nine months and fined $5,700.
Bowles was released from the UFC on March 2, 2015.
Championships and awards
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- WEC Bantamweight Championship (One time)
- Knockout of the Night (One time)
- Submission of the Night (Two times)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Submission of the Night (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||10 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||10–3||George Roop||TKO (punches)||UFC 160||May 25, 2013||2||1:43||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Bowles tested positive for elevated testosterone levels.|
|Loss||10–2||Urijah Faber||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||2||1:27||San Jose, California, United States||UFC Bantamweight title eliminator.|
|Win||10–1||Takeya Mizugaki||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 132||July 2, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Damacio Page||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2011||1||3:30||Louisville, Kentucky, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Loss||8–1||Dominick Cruz||TKO (doctor stoppage)||WEC 47||March 6, 2010||2||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Lost the WEC Bantamweight Championship. Doctor stoppage due to broken hand.|
|Win||8–0||Miguel Torres||KO (punches)||WEC 42||August 9, 2009||1||3:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the WEC Bantamweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||7–0||Will Ribeiro||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia||December 3, 2008||3||1:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||6–0||Damacio Page||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura||August 3, 2008||1||3:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||5–0||Marcos Galvão||KO (punch)||WEC 31||December 12, 2007||2||2:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–0||Charlie Valencia||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 28||June 3, 2007||2||2:33||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0||Shane Weinischke||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ISCF: Invasion||February 9, 2007||1||1:38||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||2–0||Charles Nutt||TKO (punches)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 4||September 8, 2006||1||4:28||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Tim Honeycutt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 2||May 12, 2006||3||4:55||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
- "Brian Bowles Fight! Magazine Stats". Retrieved October 4, 2009.
- "Injured Brian Bowles out of WEC 52, replacement search underway". mmajunkie.com. October 7, 2010.
- "Brian Bowles defends bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at WEC 47 on March 6". mmajunkie.com. 2009-12-11.
- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page II in the works for UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. December 17, 2010.
- "Brian Bowles and Takeya Mizugaki agree to meet at UFC 132 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. April 19, 2011.
- "Brian Bowles draws Urijah Faber at November's UFC 139 event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-07-22.
- Matt Erickson (March 28, 2013). "George Roop meets former bantamweight champ Brian Bowles at UFC 160". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
- Mike Chiapetta (2013-05-07). "After lengthy absence due to injury, apathy, Brian Bowles rediscovers love for MMA". mmafighting.com.
- Steven Marrocco (June 7, 2013). "Brian Bowles fails UFC 160 drug test due to elevated T/E levels". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
- Staff (August 15, 2013). "NSAC suspends Brian Bowles nine months, issues $5,700 fine for UFC 160 failure". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- <Zane Simon (2015-05-03). "Report: Former WEC champ among four fighters cut from UFC". bloodyelbow.com.
- Ken Pishna (January 28, 2015). "Former WEC Champ Brian Bowles Arrested on Drug and Weapons Charges". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
|Awards and achievements|
|4th WEC Bantaweight Champion
August 9, 2009 - March 6, 2010