Table of Contents
- 1. Mike Fowler’s Details
- 2. Mike Fowlers’s Biography
- 2.1. A Sports Kid
- 2.2. Starting Mixed Martial Arts Training
- 2.3. Getting into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- 2.4. First Coach Lloyd Irvin
- 2.5. Joining Atos Jiu-Jitsu
- 2.6. Mike Fowler’s BJJ Career Highlights
- 3. Mike Fowler’s Historic Fights
- 4. Mike Fowler’s Main Achievements
- 4.1. Mike Fowler’s Main Achievements in International Tournaments
- 4.2. Mike Fowler’s Achievements as Black Belt
- 4.3. Mike Fowler’s Achievements as Colored Belt
- 5. Mike Fowler’s Professional Record Break Down
- 6. Mike Fowler’s Fight History
- 7. Mike Fowler’s Top Fights Links
1. Mike Fowler’s Details
|Name||Michael Lee Fowler|
|Born||Virginia Beach, US|
|Date of Birth||December 30, 1982|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lbs)|
|Weight Division||Peso Medio (82 kg/181 lbs)|
|Career Disclosed Earnings||N/A|
|Rank||4rd-Degree Black Belt|
|Head Coach||Lloyd Irvin|
|Last Fight||Fight to Win 200|
|Favorite Technique||Half Guard|
|Lineage||C. Gracie > H. Gracie >R. Gracie > Jorge Pereira > Leo Dalla > Lloyd Irvin > Mike Fowler|
2. Mike Fowlers’s Biography
Mike Fowler was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia in the United States on December 30, 1982. He became famous because of his leopard-style haircut and defeating famous BJJ fighters. Fowler was the first BJJ athlete who completed the “Grappling Blue Print,” a curriculum by Lloyd Irvin.
2.1. A Sports Kid
2.2. Starting Mixed Martial Arts Training
Fowler’s wrestling coach was the person who introduced jiu-jitsu to him. Fowler wanted to start his jiu-jitsu career at a competitive institute, eventually deciding on Lloyd Irvin’s academy.
He immediately fell in love with grappling after the first class and paid the advance fee for the whole year. At this time, Fowler was training in BJJ and MMA.
2.3. Getting into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
When Fowler had an MMA record of 2-0, he decided to focus all of his attention on Brazilian jiu-jitsu only. He left college and joined Lloyd Irvin Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Maryland. His struggle and passion made him the poster boy of Ivrin’s academy.
2.4. First Coach Lloyd Irvin
Irvin was Fowler’s first BJJ coach and awarded him with his black belt. Under his coaching, Fowler made various records. He competed 20 times each year in international tournaments. Irvin became famous thanks to the growing reputation of his star student.
2.5. Joining Atos Jiu-Jitsu
In March 2012, Fowler left his mentor, Irvin, and joined Atos Jiu-Jitsu. Later, he would also leave Atos Jiu-Jitsu to open his own academy in Hawaii.
2.6. Mike Fowler’s BJJ Career Highlights
Third Fastest American to Earn a Black Belt
In the early days of his jiu-jitsu training, Fowler resolved to attain his black belt in record time like BJ Penn. To ensure faster progression, he strove to compete 20 times internationally every year. He became the third fastest American to be promoted to black belt in just three and a half years.
Multiple-Time American National Champion and Asian Open Champion
Fowler won the gold medal in the IBJJF Pan Championship, the American National Championship, and the Grappling Quest while he was a blue and purple belt. After getting his black belt, Fowler became a three-time American National Champion and three-time Asian Open Champion.
Submitted Various BJJ Legends
Opened an Academy in Hawaii
Fowler traveled around a lot to lead seminars based on his competitive career. He shared his knowledge with many BJJ students. To fulfill his dream, Fowler went to Hawaii and opened his own academy, North Shore Jiu-Jitsu. He is the head instructor and trains students from the local community.
3. Mike Fowler’s Historic Fights
3.1. Mike Fowler Vs. Saulo Ribeiro
Fowler faced Ribeiro in the quarterfinal of the 2007 ADCC Championship. Ribeiro is a BJJ legend promoted to black belt by Royler Gracie.
Both fighters were highly energetic at the start of the match. Ribeiro started the match with a pulling guard but could not secure his position. Fowler initially took the top position but Ribeiro got around and took Fowler by the back. Ribeiro applied a rear naked choke from the back. Luckily, Fowler resisted the hold for one and a half minutes. After Fowler successfully resisted the rear naked choke, Ribeiro applied a full guard.
Fowler tried to escape from the full guard and ended up trapped in a complicated position. He found his head trapped under Ribeiro’s arm who also had ahold of his right arm. Fowler saw an opportunity and tried to counterattack by grabbing ahold of Ribeiro. In response, Ribeiro fell back onto the ground and Fowler’s head escaped from his grip.
Finding himself back in the top position, Fowler tried his best to control Ribeiro’s movements. He tried to submit Ribeiro multiple times but Ribeiro managed to resist. Finally, Fowler grabbed ahold of Ribeiro’s foot. Ribeiro also tried to grab Fowler’s foot but failed. At the end of the fight, Fowler submitted Ribeiro with a foot lock.
3.2. Mike Fowler Vs. Kyle Sukehira
Fowler faced Kyle Sukehira in the 2008 World Championship. Fowler took the top position at the start of the match. Though he tried his best to control Sukehira’s movement, Sukehira managed to break free. Sukehira tried to apply a guillotine choke and an armbar one after the other. However, Fowler still managed to resist and escape.
Though still on the bottom, Sukehira tried to get Fowler into a hold. Eventually, he managed to apply a triangle but Fowler escaped and managed to get on top of him. Sukehira tried to escape but Fowler could not be shaken off. At the end of the match, Fowler submitted Kyle Sukehira with a cross-collar choke from a mount.
|2008||World Championship||Kyle Sukehira||W||Cross-Collar Choke from Mount||Eliminator||Middleweight|
4. Mike Fowler’s Main Achievements
4.1. Mike Fowler’s Main Achievements in International Tournaments
|2003||US Open||Blue Belt||N/A|
|2003||IBJJF American Nationals||Purple Belt||Lightweight|
|2003||IBJJF American Nationals||Purple Belt||Absolute|
|2003||IBJJF Pan Championship||Purple Belt||Lightweight|
|2003||Grapplers Quest Pro-Division||N/A||N/A|
|2004||Grapplers Quest Pro-Division||N/A||N/A|
|2005||IBJJF American Nationals||Black Belt||Middleweight|
|2006||IBJJF American Nationals||Black Belt||Middleweight|
|2007||IBJJF Asian Open||Black Belt||Middleweight|
|2008||IBJJF Asian Open||Black Belt||Absolute|
|2009||IBJJF Asian Open||Black Belt||Middleweight|
|2009||IBJJF American Nationals||Black Belt||Middleweight|
4.2. Mike Fowler’s Achievements as Black Belt
|2005||IBJJF American Nationals||Black Belt||1st|
|2006||IBJJF American Nationals||Black Belt||1st|
|2006||IBJJF Pan Championship||Black Belt||2nd|
|2007||IBJJF Asian Open||Black Belt||1st|
|2007||ADCC World Championship||Black Belt||4th|
|2008||IBJJF Asian Open||Black Belt||1st|
|2009||IBJJF American Nationals||Black Belt||1st|
|2009||IBJJF Asian Open||Black Belt||1st|
4.3. Mike Fowler’s Achievements as Colored Belt
|2003||IBJJF Pan Championship||Blue Belt||1st|
|2003||Grapplers Quest Pro-Division||N/A||1st|
|2003||IBJJF American Nationals||Purple Belt||1st|
|2003||US Open||Purple Belt||1st|
|2004||Grapplers Quest Pro-Division||N/A||1st|
|2005||CBJJO World Cup||Brown Belt||3rd|
5. Mike Fowler’s Professional Record Break Down
5.1. Mike Fowler’s Professional Record Break Down
|19 Matches||8 Wins||10 Losses||1 Draw|
5.2. Method of Submission
|Method||2 Wins||6 Losses|
|Bow and Arrow||0||2|
6. Mike Fowler’s Fight History
|2006||World Jiu-Jitsu Championship||Daniel Moraes||L||Points||Middleweight|
|2006||Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship||Andre Galvao||L||Choke||Middleweight|
|2008||World Championship||Kyle Sukehira||W||Cross Choke from Mount||Middleweight|
|2009||American National||R. Teixeira||W||Other||Middleweight|
|2010||European Jiu-Jitsu Championship||Gustavo Campos||L||Points||Middleweight|
|2012||Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship||Rubens Charles||L||Bow and Arrow||Featherweight|
|2012||San Diego Trials||Alexandre Ribeiro||L||Cross Choke||Absolute Division|
|2012||San Diego Trials||R. Beaugeard||W||Decision||Absolute Division|
|2014||Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship||Victor Estima||L||Triangle||Middleweight|
|2015||Marianas Open||Kennan Cornelius||L||Bow and Arrow||Absolute Division|
|2015||Marianas Open||L.Blanco||W||Armbar||Absolute Division|
|2015||Marianas Open||Josh Hinger||W||Points||Absolute Division|
|2015||Polaris 1||Eduardo Telles||D||Other||Middleweight|
|2019||Fight to Win 132||Ridge Blackburn||W||Decision||180 lbs|
|2019||Fight to Win 104||Samuel Snow||W||Decision||170 lbs|
|2019||Fight to Win 99||Joe Murphy||W||Decision||170 lbs|
|2022||Fight to Win 200||Evan Esaki||L||Decision||N/A|
7. Mike Fowler’s Top Fights Links
Mike Fowler VS Kyle Sukehira / World Championship 2008
Mike Fowler SUBMITS BJJ Legend With Footlock At ADCC!
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