Waylon Lowe

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Waylon Lowe
Born Michael Waylon Lowe
(1980-10-31) October 31, 1980 (age 35)
Jefferson City, Tennessee, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight (currently)
Reach 68.5 in (174 cm)
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Team American Top Team
Rank NCAA Division II Wrestler
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 16
By knockout 7
By submission 3
By decision 6
Losses 7
By knockout 2
By submission 5
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Waylon Lowe (born on October 31, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist.

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

Lowe was a two-time state finalist and one-time state champion for Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, Tennessee before wrestling for the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. Lowe recorded 112 victories during his collegiate career. He was the school's first NCAA national champion in any sport when he captured the 149 lbs national title in 2002. He won two other NCAA Division II crowns, one at 149 lbs in 2003 and another at 165 lbs in 2004. In 2004, he faced off with Shawn Silvas in the finals who also was a two-time national champion. Lowe won the match 8-6 and also won the Outstanding Wrestling award for the tournament. Lowe ranks 4th in career wins, 1st in season wins, 2nd in career takedowns, and 6th in season takedowns for the University of Findlay. In 2013, he joined the advisory board for Wrestler Supply, an online e-commerce site for high-end wrestling gear.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Lowe's interest in MMA sparked while he was training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was only there to train in wrestling, but he had the opportunity to briefly speak with Matt Lindland. Lindland was so influential that Lowe flew out to Oregon to train with Lindland and Randy Couture.[1]

Lowe held only a 1-0 amateur record before his team, Team Gurgel and Team Vision, requested he go pro. Lowe's professional debut was against David Love at a local Hook 'N' Shoot event. Lowe lost the fight after he tapped out from a guillotine choke. He bounced back from the loss with two submission wins, improving his record to 2-1.

In 2007, he lost to the more experienced Alonzo Martinez via submission from punches in the first round. Lowe racked up three wins before trying out for the ninth season of the Ultimate Fighter reality show. Lowe was selected as one of the contestants and brought in for the show. Before he could move in the TUF house, Lowe had to fight Santino DeFranco. After an impressive first round, which Dana White believed should not have gone to a second round because of the beating Lowe delivered to DeFranco, Lowe was defeated by submission early in the second round.

Lowe took about five months off after losing on the Ultimate Fighter show, but then returned to fight for Bellator Fighting Championships. At Bellator 5, Lowe defeated Frank Caraballo via unanimous decision. In April 2010, Lowe defeated UFC veteran Steve Berger via KO midway through round one.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Lowe made his UFC debut stepping in for Thiago Tavares against Melvin Guillard on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114.[2] Guillard won the fight via KO due to a knee to the body as Lowe was attempting a takedown in the first round.

Lowe fought Steve Lopez on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119.[3] Lowe defeated Lopez via split decision earning his first UFC victory.

On January 22, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 23, Lowe fought former Shooto welterweight champion, Willamy Freire.[4] Lowe won the fight via unanimous decision after dominating his opponent with superior wrestling and effective ground and pound.

Lowe lost to Nik Lentz on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24.[5] After Lowe won the first and second rounds convincingly, Lentz came back in the third and scored an impressive come from behind submission win.[6]

Following his lost to Lentz, Lowe was subsequently released from the promotion

Pro Elite[edit]

Lowe signed with ProElite in October 2011. He made his Pro Elite debut against Floyd Hodges at ProElite: Big Guns. Lowe won via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of the second round.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

Lowe made his WSOF debut at World Series of Fighting 2 where he defeated Cameron Dollar by knockout.

For his second fight with the promotion, Lowe appeared on the main card in a fight against Georgi Karakhanyan at World Series of Fighting 5 on September 14, 2013. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

XFC Brazil[edit]

Lowe made his XFC Brazil debut, when he faced Marcos dos Santos at XFC International 4 on April 26, 2014.[7] After three close rounds, Lowe would lose via split decision. However, following the fight, the result would later be turned to a no contest.[8]

In his next fight in the organization, Lowe faced Deivison Ribeiro for the XFC Featherweight Championship at XFC International 6 on September 27, 2014.[9] He lost the fight via TKO in the fourth round.[10]

Return to Bellator[edit]

Lowe faced Ryan Quinn at Bellator 140 on July 17, 2015.[11] He lost the fight by submission in the second round.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–7 (1) Vaso Bakocevic Decision (unanimous) Abu Dhabi Warriors 3 October 3, 2015 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 15–7 (1) Ryan Quinn Submission (guillotine choke) Bellator 140 July 17, 2015 2 2:47 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 15–6 (1) Mateusz Teodorczuk Decision (unanimous) Abu Dhabi Warriors 2 March 26, 2015 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 14–6 (1) Deivison Ribeiro TKO (head kick and punches) XFC International 6 September 27, 2014 4 0:11 Araraquara, Brazil For the XFC Featherweight Championship.
NC 14–5 (1) Marcos dos Santos No Contest XFC International 4 April 26, 2014 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 14–5 Georgi Karakhanyan Submission (guillotine choke) World Series of Fighting 5 September 14, 2013 1 3:37 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 14–4 Cameron Dollar KO (punch) World Series of Fighting 2 March 23, 2013 1 2:58 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 13–4 Mike Diggs TKO (punches) Pure MMA 2: Next Episode May 12, 2012 2 3:13 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12–4 Tim Wadsworth KO (punch) Instinct MMA: Instinct Fighting 2 December 2, 2011 1 2:51 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Win 11–4 Floyd Hodges TKO (doctor stoppage) ProElite: Big Guns November 5, 2011 2 5:00 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 10–4 Nik Lentz Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis March 26, 2011 3 2:24 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 10–3 Willamy Freire Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 January 22, 2011 3 5:00 Fort Hood, Texas, United States
Win 9–3 Steve Lopez Decision (split) UFC 119 September 25, 2010 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Loss 8–3 Melvin Guillard TKO (knee to the body) UFC 114 May 29, 2010 1 3:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Steve Berger KO (punches) KOTC: Bad Boys II April 16, 2010 1 2:18 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 7–2 Chris Barnes TKO (punches) 5150 Combat League/XFL: New Year's Revolution January 16, 2010 1 1:12 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 6–2 Frank Caraballo Decision (unanimous) Bellator 5 May 1, 2009 3 5:00 Dayton, Ohio, United States
Win 5–2 Jay Ellis Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 109 October 18, 2008 3 5:00 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 4–2 Alex Carter Submission (rear-naked choke) International Combat Event 32 March 8, 2008 1 3:06 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 3–2 Andrew Hoogeboom TKO (punches) Xtreme Fighting Organization 22 February 23, 2008 1 0:43 Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States
Loss 2–2 Alonzo Martinez Submission (strikes) Fightfest: Season 1 Finale May 12, 2007 1 3:07 Canton, Ohio, United States
Win 2–1 Nick Sorg Submission (strikes) Fightfest 10 February 3, 2007 2 1:59 Canton, Ohio, United States
Win 1–1 Cody Shipp Submission (kimura) Fightfest 7: Battle of the Titans September 23, 2006 2 2:23 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss 0–1 David Love Submission (guillotine choke) HOOKnSHOOT: Midwest May 20, 2006 1 1:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States

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