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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. Although Fowler was once Irvin’s star pupil winning against many big names of the sport, in 2012 Mike would leave the team in less then amicable terms.

Mike Fowler Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Michael Lee Fowler

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: M. Maeda > C. GracieH. Gracie >R. Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leo DallaLloyd Irvin > Mike Fowler

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF American National Champion (2005/2006/2009)
  • IBJJF Asian Open Champion (2007/2008/2009)
  • IBJJF Pan American Silver Medallist (2006 )
  • ADCC 4th Place (2007)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2003 blue)
  • Grapplers Quest Champion (2003/2004)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2003 purple**)
  • US Open Champion (2003 purple)
  • CBJJO World Cup 3rd Place (2005 brown)
  • ADCC 4th Place (2007)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Technique/Position: Half Guard

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

Team/Association: n/a

Mike Fowler Biography

Mike Fowler was born on December 30, 1982 in Virginia Beach, US where he grew up.

Fowler picked up wrestling in high school and it was through a wrestling referee that Mike got to know about Brazilian jiu jitsu. The recommendation led young Fowler to check out a jiu jitsu gym, one that was so captivating he signed up in cash for a full year after his very first class.

A natural athlete, Mike quickly became a dedicated competitor achieving several podium placements on his way to earning his black belt (on August 2005), an achievement that took him only 3 and ½ years. His quick rise to the top made him a poster boy for his coach’s (Lloyd Irvin) grappling program.

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). Michael’s match with Daniel Moraes was one of the most talked about that year. The controversy happened as Fowler tried to apply an armbar, to which the former world champion (Moraes) responded by slamming the American. The move granted an immediate disqualification, but the referee did nothing and Moraes went through to the next round. 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.

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 in very public, and less than amicable terms.

On April 1, 2018 Mike Fowler was accused of sexual misconduct by a former student on a Reddit forum (see here) for an event that had taken place back in 2015. Fowler acknowledged the wrong doing and issued his own statement that very same day quoted below (source):

There are articles being shared about my behavior. I won’t deny improper conduct back in 2015. No excuses. And those I was wrong to, I apologized. There are two sides to the story, but it doesn’t justify anything. I’m glad my actions were brought out because it made me take a look at myself. That wasn’t who I wanted to be.
In 2013 I found out I wasn’t the father of my child and he was taken from me, never seen again. I had every thought from suicide to fighting in court to try and be in his life.

I didn’t have the funds to back this. So I left Hawaii with my mind a mess. I didn’t want my role in life so I tried not to be that. I just gave no cares in the world since I felt my own was taken from me. I was hurt. And hurt others in return. Again I have apologized and Attempted to move on by being a better person and staying a positive path. My actions during that time don’t defy me. And I never shied away from my mistakes. All I can do now is be better each day than who I was before.

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
Mounted X choke
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
1365Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLMounted X chokePan American82KGF2006
1424Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPts: 5x0World Champ.82KGR12006
1685Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLGuillotineADCC77KGSF2007
1688Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPointsADCC77KG3PLC2007
1837John BaylonLArmbarHajime81KGF2008
1930Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLTriangleWorld Champ.82KG4F2008
2402Marcelo MafraLRNCNoGi Worlds79KG8F2009
2477Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPointsEuropean82KG4F2010
3453Samuel BragaSamuel BragaLPointsUltimate Abs.76KG4F2012
3550Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLBow and arrowPan American70KGSF2012
3695Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLCross chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
6288Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesDN/APolarisABSSPF2015
6851Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLChoke from backMarianas OpenABSF2015
7758Gregor GracieGregor GracieLAdvGrand Slam Tokyo94KGSF2015
7759Faisal AlKitbeFaisal AlKitbeLAdvGrand Slam Tokyo94KGSF2015
1362Jorge VidalWBrabo chokePan American82KG4F2006
1364Igor GracieWPointsPan American82KGSF2006
1682Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWToe holdADCC77KG4F2007
1922Kyle SukehiraWBrabo chokeWorld Champ.82KGR12008
2476Alexandre IzidroWStraight armlockEuropean82KGRDS2010
3450Reily BodycombWArmbarUltimate Abs.76KGR12012
3542Renan BorgesWBrabo ChokePan American70KGR12012
3546Wellington DiasWellington DiasWPts: 6x3Pan American70KG4F2012
3693Ryan BeauregardRyan BeauregardWReferee DecisionSD World TrialsABS4F2012
4318Rhalan GracieWDQTriple CrownABSSPF2013
6846Josh HingerJosh HingerWPts: 15x0Marianas OpenABS4F2015
6849Luis BlancoWArmbarMarianas OpenABSSF2015

Mike Fowler vs “Johnny” Faria

Mike Fowler vs Daniel Neiemeyer

Mike Fowler vs Alexandre Izidro

 

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