by Bryanna Fissori
In nearly all athletic activities breaking records is a good thing; most homeruns, most freethrows, fastest knockout . . . Well, now UFC Bantamweight fighter Brian Bowles holds a record of his own: Greatest Testosterone to Epitestosterone (T:E) Ratio.
With the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC)capping the T:E limit at 6.1, Bowles hit the mark at 20:1. This surpasses the infamous Chael Sonnen who held the previous record at 16.9 accomplished in 2010.
The feat leaves Bowles with a nine months suspension by the NSAC starting from the date of his last fight, which took place on May 25, 2013 and ended in a loss to George Roop at UFC 160. Bowles will also be fined $5700.
Bowles issued an apology to the NSCA and swore on his mother’s life that he “was not shooting testosterone,” and claims that at the time of the testing he was taking even less supplements than he normally would, thus he was surprised at how high his levels were.
Bowles is expected to re-apply for his license after the suspension, though with the recent commitment of the UFC to thinning out its roster, coupled with Bowles’ two-fight losing streak his status with the promotion in questionable.
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