Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Bantamweight champion, Brian Bowles, is living quite a different life these days.
Widely regarded as one of the best 135-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters just several years ago, Bowles is now apparently mixed up with drugs, specifically methamphetamine, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (via Sherdog.com).
Bowles was at his home in Jefferson, Ga., entertaining a female guest when local authorities knocked on his door to serve her an arrest warrant. She wasn't there, but a different female was, and she, too was wanted by the fuzz.
From the report:
"The Sheriff's Office responded to Bowles residence on Stoner Road in Arcade, Georgia in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on a wanted female possibly at this location. This particular female was not located however; Investigator's found Moon and discovered she did have an outstanding Probation Warrant. After a search of the immediate area Investigator's found a quantity of methamphetamine. A Search Warrant was executed at the residence and a quantity of marijuana, other narcotics, a gun and numerous packaging materials were also located within the home. Moon and Bowels were both arrested and transported to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Moon has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule IV Drug, Possession of Schedule IV Drug with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Bowles is charged with the same. Both are currently incarcerated."
Bowles is no stranger to drugs, at least of the performance-enhancing variety, smashing the illegal testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio record at Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) with an absurd 20:1 (legal limit is 6:1) after his technical knockout loss to George Roop at UFC 160 in May 2013.
The Hardcore Gym-trained fighter claimed his innocence, but was hit with a nine-month suspension and a $5,700 fine. He has not competed since.
As of this writing, Bowles' fighter profile page is still active on UFC.com. But, that could change soon based on his average record inside the Octagon (2-2), inactivity and, of course, legal trouble.