Brian David Bowles (born June 22, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist (MMA). He is the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Bantamweight Champion. He holds a notable victory over former long time WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres. Bowles is currently ranked as the No. 2 Bantamweight fighter in the world by Sherdog..
Bowles started his career in lesser organizations, earning two first round stoppages and amassing a record of 3-0 before making his debut at WEC 28 . 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 offence (with a primarily wrestling base).
At WEC 35 he finished 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 9-1 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 at WEC 40.
A heavy underdog in the fight, and facing an opponent on a 17 fight win streak, Bowles won the fight to the fight via KO. Bowles subsequently became 8-0 in his MMA career, gaining the WEC Bantamweight Championship by the first round victory.
|Professional record breakdown|
|14||8 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||8-1||Dominick Cruz||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz||3/6/2010||2||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, USA||lost WEC Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||8-0||Miguel Torres||KO (Punches)||WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles||8/9/2009||1||3:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Won WEC Bantamweight Championship
Won Knockout of the Night Award
|Win||7-0||Will Ribeiro||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia||12/03/2008||3||1:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Won Submission of the Night Award|
|Win||6-0||Damacio Page||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura||08/03/2008||1||3:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||Won Submission of the Night Award|
|Win||5-0||Marcos Galvao||KO (Punch)||WEC 31: Faber vs. Curran||12/12/2007||2||2:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Win||4-0||Charlie Valencia||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||WEC 28: WrekCage||6/3/2007||2||2:33||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Win||3-0||Shane Weinischke||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||ISCF - Invasion||2/9/2007||1||1:38||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|Win||2-0||Charles Nutt||TKO (Strikes)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 4||9/8/2006||1||4:28||Duluth, Georgia, USA|
|Win||1-0||Tim Honeycutt||Submission||Wild Bill's Fight Night 2||5/12/2006||1||N/A||Duluth, Georgia, USA|