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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.[1].

MMA careerEdit

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.

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 knockout, to become WEC Bantamweight Champion.

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.

Bowles made his first WEC Bantamweight Championship defense against Dominick Cruz on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47.[2]. He lost by referee stoppage (TKO) due to a broken hand.

MMA recordEdit

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Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 8-1 United States flag Dominick Cruz TKO (Doctor Stoppage)[3] WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz 3/6/2010 2 5:00 United States flag Columbus, Ohio, USA lost WEC Bantamweight Championship
Win 8-0 United States flag Miguel Torres KO (Punches) WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles 8/9/2009 1 3:57 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Won WEC Bantamweight Championship

Won Knockout of the Night Award

Win 7-0 Brazil flag Will Ribeiro Submission (Guillotine Choke) WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia 12/03/2008 3 1:11 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Won Submission of the Night Award
Win 6-0 United States flag Damacio Page Submission (Guillotine Choke) WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura 08/03/2008 1 3:30 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Won Submission of the Night Award
Win 5-0 Brazil flag Marcos Galvao KO (Punch) WEC 31: Faber vs. Curran 12/12/2007 2 2:09 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 4-0 United States flag Charlie Valencia Submission (Rear Naked Choke) WEC 28: WrekCage 6/3/2007 2 2:33 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 3-0 United States flag Shane Weinischke Submission (Rear Naked Choke) ISCF - Invasion 2/9/2007 1 1:38 United States flag Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Win 2-0 United States flag Charles Nutt TKO (Strikes) Wild Bill's Fight Night 4 9/8/2006 1 4:28 United States flag Duluth, Georgia, USA
Win 1-0 United States flag Tim Honeycutt Submission Wild Bill's Fight Night 2 5/12/2006 1 N/A United States flag Duluth, Georgia, USA

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