Brian Bowles has not entered the cage since May 2013. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Brian Bowles was arrested on Jan. 14 in Arcade, Ga., on several drug-related charges.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Bowles was arrested and 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 firearm during the commission of a crime. Another woman, Rhomney Marie Moon, was arrested on the same charges.
The Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Bowles’ residence on Stoner Road in Arcade, Ga., in order to serve an arrest warrant on a woman who was believed to be on the premises. While the woman in question was not present, it was determined that Moon did have an outstanding warrant. After methamphetamine was found in the “immediate area,” a search warrant was executed and “a quantity of marijuana, other narcotics, a gun and numerous packaging materials were also located within the home.”
Bowles and Moon were then transported to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. An inmate records search reveals that Bowles remains incarcerated since his arrest. A representative from the Sheriff’s Office was unable to release any further details to Sherdog.com, and due to state law, a mug shot was not available.
Bowles has not competed since a second-round technical knockout loss to George Roop at UFC 160. After the loss, Bowles failed his post-fight drug test due to an elevated testosterone to epitestosterone (T/E) ratio and he was suspended for nine months. The 34-year-old’s MMA career peaked in 2009, when he knocked out Miguel Torres at WEC 42 to capture the promotion’s bantamweight crown. He would relinquish the belt to Dominick Cruz before the WEC dissolved.
Bowles then went 2-2 in the Octagon, besting Damacio Page and Takeya Mizugaki while falling to Urjiah Faber and Roop.