UFC bantamweight fighter Brian Bowles has been suspended for nine months following a unanimous vote by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Bowles was found to have an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio following his UFC 160 TKO loss to George Roop.
Bowles submitted a pre-fight test prior to the May 25 event. His testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio was found to be above 20-to-1. The NSAC limit is just 6-to-1. The fighter will be fined 30% of his $19,000 purse and will also need to submit a clean drug test before he can reapply for a license to fight in Nevada.
“I just want to apologize to the athletic commission,” said Bowles in a press phone call. “It’s embarrassing to me and it’s embarrassing to the sport.”
He added that he never “willingly or knowingly” took performance enhancing drugs, but also could not name a legitimate reason for his results. He did provide a list of supplements he took before the match, although they were all typical things such as protein and fish oil.
Bowles explains that due to his recent 18-month layoff, he simply couldn’t afford to take PEDs. He couldn’t even afford his usual supplement routine.
“I swear on my mother’s life I was not shooting testosterone,” Bowles said. “It blew my mind when I heard how high my ratios were. I went and looked through everything. I didn’t have a lot of money because I wasn’t fighting. I was taking less supplements than I normally do.”
Bowles’ manager Andrew Beach stated that the result may have come from a “tainted” supplement purchased online. He said that some companies purposefully add illegal substances in order to boost results and help their product sell.
Brian Bowles is currently 10-3 in his MMA career, coming off of back-to-back losses at UFC 160 and UFC 139. He is 2-2 in his UFC stint, with wins over Takeya Mizugaki and Damacio Page.