Brian Bowles (fighter)

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Brian Bowles
Born Brian David Bowles
(1980-06-22) June 22, 1980 (age 36)
Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight
Reach 70.5 in (179 cm) [1]
Style Wrestling, BJJ, Boxing.
Fighting out of Athens, Georgia, United States
Team The HardCore Gym
American Top Team
Trainer Adam & Rory Singer
Chad Shafe
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 10
By knockout 3
By submission 6
By decision 1
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By submission 1
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, West 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.[2][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Torres and Bowles headlined WEC 42 on August 9, 2009 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bowles defeated Torres via first-round KO to become the new WEC Bantamweight Champion.

Bowles made his first title defense against Dominick Cruz on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.[4] Bowles lost via TKO (doctor stoppage) at the end of the second round with a broken hand.

Bowles was expected to face Wagnney Fabiano at on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.[2] However, Bowles was forced off the card with a foot injury.[3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[5]

Bowles faced former opponent Damacio Page on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[6] 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 faced Takeya Mizugaki on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.[7] He won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 29–28), making this the first time he has gone to a decision in his career.

Bowles faced off against Urijah Faber on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[8] He lost the fight by submission (guillotine choke) in the second round.

Bowles returned from an extended 18-month layoff and faced George Roop on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[9][10] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

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.[11] Bowles did not appeal the result and was subsequently suspended for nine months and fined $5,700.[12]

Bowles was released from the UFC on March 2, 2015.[13]


On January 14, 2015 Bowles along with Rhomney Marie Moon were arrested and face multiple felony charges in Arcade, Georgia.[14]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Brian Bowles Fight! Magazine Stats". Retrieved October 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b "Injured Brian Bowles out of WEC 52, replacement search underway". October 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Brian Bowles defends bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at WEC 47 on March 6". 2009-12-11. Archived from the original on 2009-12-15. 
  5. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Brian Bowles vs. Damacio Page II in the works for UFC on Versus 3". December 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Brian Bowles and Takeya Mizugaki agree to meet at UFC 132 in Las Vegas". April 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Brian Bowles draws Urijah Faber at November's UFC 139 event". 2011-07-22. 
  9. ^ Matt Erickson (March 28, 2013). "George Roop meets former bantamweight champ Brian Bowles at UFC 160". Archived from the original on March 31, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mike Chiapetta (2013-05-07). "After lengthy absence due to injury, apathy, Brian Bowles rediscovers love for MMA". 
  11. ^ Steven Marrocco (June 7, 2013). "Brian Bowles fails UFC 160 drug test due to elevated T/E levels". Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ Staff (August 15, 2013). "NSAC suspends Brian Bowles nine months, issues $5,700 fine for UFC 160 failure". Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ <Zane Simon (2015-05-03). "Report: Former WEC champ among four fighters cut from UFC". 
  14. ^ Ken Pishna (January 28, 2015). "Former WEC Champ Brian Bowles Arrested on Drug and Weapons Charges". Retrieved January 28, 2015. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Miguel Torres
4th WEC Bantaweight Champion
August 9, 2009 - March 6, 2010
Succeeded by
Dominick Cruz