If a knockout loss to unranked George Roop at UFC 160 wasn't a big enough blow to the ego of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight Brian Bowles, then news of a serious mishap with his drug test from the May 25, 2013 event certainly will.
According to an email sent to MMAmania.com from Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), Bowles failed his UFC 160 drug test and was flagged for an over 20-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio.
The NSAC has an official limit of 6-to-1.
Kizer noted in his email that, "a complaint is forthcoming," meaning Bowles has the opportunity to appeal the test result or he will be served a punishment by the commission, which historically has come in the form of a fine and/or suspension.
Bowles (10-3), a former champion of the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization, returned from an 18-month layoff from the sport to face Roop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in "Sin City," and after a decent first round where he knocked his opponent down, fell flat in the second and was knocked out himself for his second consecutive defeat.
The 32-year-old has not registered a mixed martial arts (MMA) victory since a decision win over Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 132 in July 2012.
Kizer also noted that all 24 fighters who competed on the card were tested with everyone except Bowles coming up clean.
MMAmania.com will have more on this story as it develops.