Brian Bowles Fails UFC 160 Drug Test with Elevated Levels of Testosterone

Written by Tom Ngo
June 7th, 2013

UFC Bantamweight Brian Bowles

Brian Bowles (pictured) has joined an unenviable, yet ever expanding list. The bantamweight failed his UFC 160 drug test due to elevated levels of testosterone.

In a Friday email issued by Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer, Bowles had a testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio of 20:1. The NSAC, which oversaw last month’s event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, allows a T/E ratio of 6:1.

Just in case you were wondering, the World Anti-Doping Agency permits a 4:1 mark.

The NSAC has temporarily suspended the 32-year-old veteran. Bowles faces a year-long ban and fine.

Bowles was TKO’d by George Roop in the second round of their scrap. It was the former WEC bantamweight champ’s second consecutive defeat.

This is the highest T/E ratio to come up in MMA in recent memory. Chael Sonnen clocked 16.9:1 after his UFC 117 loss to middleweight champ Anderson Silva. The California State Athletic Commission popped Sonnen on that occasion.

The NSAC busted Alistair Overeem with a 14:1 ratio for his UFC 146 pre-fight drug screening.

The report states all 24 fighters who competed in UFC 161 were drug tested. Everyone but Bowles produced clean results.

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