Former Champ Brian Bowles Tests Positive for Elevated Testosterone Levels Following UFC 160

June 7, 2013
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Brian Bowles

Former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles tested positive for elevated testosterone levels following his UFC 160 loss to George Roop.

Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer informed of the situation on Friday.

All fighters on the UFC 160 fight card were tested and all returned negative results except for Bowles.

“A complaint will be forthcoming,” said Kizer.

A penalty has not yet been levied.

“I put his license on temporary suspension pending the next Commission hearing.  It is not a finding on the merits; these are still allegations,” Kizer told

Bowles (10-3) won the bantamweight title by knocking out then-champion Miguel Torres at WEC 42 in Auguest 2009. He lost the title in his first defense to current UFC champion Dominick Cruz on March 6, 2010.

UFC 160 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 25.

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  • The Best Eva

    Aww Bowles got booked, his fights are always good.

    I’ll always remember the thrashing of Torres.

  • GiinoStenLund

    Hes done now.
    He was gone for a long time by Injuries now when he finally came back he Tests Positive.

    Its sad but he can only blame himself

  • Even the lighter guys are boosting. I wish they gave a ratio along with the temporary suspension comment. Guys really have to be careful, even products at your local nutrition store state they can cause positive test results for banned substances. I know he had that broken hand and such but we’ll have to wait and see how he responds to this.

  • Mike mckinney

    Okay, I’m not a fan of guys juicing, but come on…
    These are adults who just couldn’t grow all the way. They need all the help they can get.
    It’s probably all he could do so that he could find a girlfriend who isn’t larger than he is.

    • B. Mahoney

      Your just jealous because he is waaaaaay better at what he does than you are at what you do. And I’m sure he gets more action and makes more money on top of it. Go see a shrink to make yourself feel better instead of trying to tear down someone that has the balls enough to put himself in a cage.

      • Gary Fredericks

        ….but not enough balls to produce the desired amount of testosterone.

        Comments like yours show how ignorant and morally perverted some MMA fans really are. He fights in a cage, so he should be excused and allowed to use testosterone??? Come on. At 20-1 ratio, his limits were FAR BEYOND “therapeutic use”. No excuse. Kick him to the curb so he can remember what being blessed with the ability to hone his skills and hold a job in the UFC while stocking grocerie store shelves at some bumfuck local store.

        • balls mahoney

          Never said I excused anything. Could you say READING COMPREHENSION?? Regardless it takes balls to get in the cage…drugs or no drugs

          • Mike mckinney

            Your questioning someone’s reading comprehension?
            I never questioned his ability inside of a cage.
            I made a joke about him being a very small adult, and stated he may have juiced not to help himself in the cage, but that he just wanted to grow.
            It never crossed my mind to be jealous of the guy. If I were going to be jealous of others, he would be way down the list.
            Btw, the fact that someone is not a cage fighter doesn’t mean they’d be scared to do so. If I don’t play baseball is it because I’m scared of the ball?

          • B.mahoney

            I only question someone’s reading comprehension when they comment on my posts and don’t make sense. Nevertheless.. you may very well be afraid of the ball I don’t know. Point being if its not just don’t have the desire or talent to compete. Respect those that do whether they are big or small.

          • MikeMcK

            Correct, I don’t have the desire to take the time to be a professional fighter. Nor do I have the desire to be a professional baseball play.
            I have a profession. It takes time to do that. You can’t do everything.
            I just made fun of him for being small. Would you had rather me rip the guy for being a cheater like everyone else does?
            I was also making a point that success in the cage may not be the only reason people choose to do whatever they do.
            I know a few guys who are not fighters, or athletes that juice for nothing more than vanity. Some guys don’t have the time for the multiple hours in a day it takes to get really ripped. There are a lot of drugs that help with that.

          • b.mahoney

            I get ya man..understood. enjoy the fights!!!

  • kikbox

    Mmajunkie says his ratio was more than 20-1… over 3 times the limit