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Famed for his unique leopard print hairstyle and his fast rise to the top of jiu jitsu’s competitive scene, Mike Fowler achieved his black belt under Lloyd Irvin in 3.5 years, being the first athlete to complete the curriculum of Irvin’s highly marketed “Grappling Blue Print” program. Mike Fowler became Irvin’s star pupil winning against many big names of the sport, later leaving the team in less then amicable terms.

Mike Fowler Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Michael Lee Fowler

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos GracieHelio Gracie >Rickson Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leo Dalla > Lloyd Irvin > Mike Fowler

Main Achievements:

  • Pan American Champion (2003 blue)
  • Grapplers Quest Nogi Champion (2003 x3, 2004)
  • American National Champion (2003 purple weight & absolute, 2005 black, 2006, 2009)
  • Asian Open Champion (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • US Open Champion (2003 purple)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2006 black)
  • World Cup Bronze Medallist (2005 brown – CBJJO)
  • ADCC 4th Place (2007)

Favourite Technique/Position: Half Guard

Weight Division: Peso Medio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: n/a

Mike Fowler Biography

Mike Fowler was born on December 30th, 1982 in Virginia Beach, US where he grew up. Fowler picked up wrestling in high school and it was through his wrestling referee (who was a BJJ enthusiast) that he got to know Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He went to check out a BJJ class and was so captivated by grappling that he signed up in cash for a full year after that first encounter.

Fowler became a dedicated competitor, achieving several podium spots on his way to earning his black belt on August 2005, an achievement that took him only 3 and ½ years, making a statement for Lloyd Irvin’s grappling program, proving that it was not just another bogus marketing plan, but the real deal.

On February 2006, Mike Fowler came to Guam to coach a seminar at Enson Enoe’s Purebred Gym. He ended up moving to the island for good a few weeks after that first meeting, coaching and living full time in Guam for the most part of 3 years.

Also in 2006, controversy struck Fowler and stopped him on his tracks at the World Jiu Jitsu Championships (his first year as a black belt). Mike’s fight with Daniel Moraes was one of the most talked about that year (see video below), as Fowler tried to apply a tight armbar, the former world champion (Moraes) slammed Fowler, a move that is punished in BJJ rules with immediate disqualification, the referee however did nothing and Moraes went through to the next fight. This caused such turmoil that IBJJF (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) was forced to release a statement acknowledging the wrong doing; the fight was also one of the main reasons behind the 3 referee rule applied in current times.

At the Pan American Games in 2010 Fowler was involved in controversy once again after the referee stopped the fight due to a verbal tap, which Fowler claimed to be a mistake.

On March 2012 shocking news was disclosed stating that Mike Fowler was training with the renowned Atos Jiu Jitsu camp, leaving his old team of Lloyd Irvin.

Banner picture taken by Cristian Buitron

Mike Fowler Grappling Record

12 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (8%)

7 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Brabo choke
43
3
#86e620
Armbar
29
2
#5AD3D1
Toe hold
14
1
#d1212a
Straight armlock
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Cross ck. f/ mount
13
1
#86e620
Guillotine
13
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
13
1
#d1212a
Triangle
13
1
#fad11b
RNC
13
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
13
1
#224aba
Cross choke
13
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Mike Fowler Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1332Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLCross ck. f/ mountPan American82KGF2006
1391Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPts: 5x0World Champ.82KGR12006
1652Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLGuillotineADCC77KGSF2007
1655Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsADCC77KG3PLC2007
1803John BaylonLArmbarHajime81KGF2008
1896Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLTriangleWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2008
2355Marcelo MafraLRNCNoGi Worlds79KG1/8F2009
2418Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsEuropean82KG1/4F2010
3348Samuel BragaSamuel BragaLPointsUltimate Abs.76KG1/4F2012
3443Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLBow and arrowPan American70KGSF2012
3588Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLCross chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
6020Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesDN/APolarisABSSPF2015
6563Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backMarianas OpenABSF2015
7412Gregor GracieGregor GracieLAdvGrand Slam Tokyo94KGSF2015
7413Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLAdvGrand Slam Tokyo94KGSF2015
1329Jorge VidalWBrabo chokePan American82KG1/4F2006
1331Igor GracieWPointsPan American82KGSF2006
1649Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWToe holdADCC77KG1/4F2007
1888Kyle SukehiraWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.82KGR12008
2417Alexandre IzidroWStraight armlockEuropean82KGRDS2010
3345Reily BodycombWArmbarUltimate Abs.76KGR12012
3435Renan BorgesWBrabo ChokePan American70KGR12012
3439Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 6x3Pan American70KG1/4F2012
3586Ryan BeauregardRyan BeauregardWReferee DecisionSD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
4174Rhalan GracieWDQTriple CrownABSSPF2013
6558Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 15x0Marianas OpenABS1/4F2015
6561Luis BlancoWArmbarMarianas OpenABSSF2015

Mike Fowler vs “Johnny” Faria

Mike Fowler vs Daniel Neiemeyer

Mike Fowler vs Alexandre Izidro

 

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