|Born||Michael Waylon Lowe|
October 31, 1980
Jefferson City, Tennessee, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Division||Featherweight (currently) |
|Reach||68 1⁄2 in (174 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||NCAA Division II Wrestler|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Michael Waylon Lowe (born October 31, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Lightweight division. A professional competitor since 2006, he has competed for the UFC, Bellator MMA, and the World Series of Fighting.
Amateur wrestling career
Lowe was a two-time state finalist and one-time state champion for Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, Tennessee before wrestling for the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. Lowe recorded 112 victories during his collegiate career. He was the school's first NCAA national champion in any sport when he captured the 149 lbs national title in 2002. He won two other NCAA Division II crowns, one at 149 lbs in 2003 and another at 165 lbs in 2004. In 2004, he faced off with Shawn Silvis in the finals who also was a two-time national champion. Lowe won the match 8-6 and also won the Outstanding Wrestling award for the tournament. Lowe ranks 4th in career wins, 1st in season wins, 2nd in career takedowns, and 6th in season takedowns for the University of Findlay. In 2013, he joined the advisory board for Wrestler Supply, an online e-commerce site for high-end wrestling gear.
Mixed martial arts career
Lowe's interest in MMA sparked while he was training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was only there to train in wrestling, but he had the opportunity to briefly speak with Matt Lindland. Lindland was so influential that Lowe flew out to Oregon to train with Lindland and Randy Couture.
Lowe held only a 1-0 amateur record before his team, Team Gurgel and Team Vision, requested he go pro. Lowe's professional debut was against David Love at a local Hook 'N' Shoot event. Lowe lost the fight after he tapped out from a guillotine choke. He bounced back from the loss with two submission wins, improving his record to 2-1.
In 2007, he lost to the more experienced Alonzo Martinez via submission from punches in the first round. Lowe racked up three wins before trying out for the ninth season of the Ultimate Fighter reality show. Lowe was selected as one of the contestants and brought in for the show. Before he could move in the TUF house, Lowe had to fight Santino DeFranco. After an impressive first round, which Dana White believed should not have gone to a second round because of the beating Lowe delivered to DeFranco, Lowe was defeated by submission early in the second round.
Lowe took about five months off after losing on the Ultimate Fighter show, but then returned to fight for Bellator Fighting Championships. At Bellator 5, Lowe defeated Frank Caraballo via unanimous decision. In April 2010, Lowe defeated UFC veteran Steve Berger via KO midway through round one.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Lowe made his UFC debut stepping in for Thiago Tavares against Melvin Guillard on May 29, 2010, at UFC 114. Guillard won the fight via KO due to a knee to the body as Lowe was attempting a takedown in the first round.
On January 22, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 23, Lowe fought former Shooto welterweight champion, Willamy Freire. Lowe won the fight via unanimous decision after dominating his opponent with superior wrestling and effective ground and pound.
Lowe lost to Nik Lentz on March 26, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 24. After Lowe won the first and second rounds convincingly, Lentz came back in the third and scored an impressive come-from-behind submission win.
Following his loss to Lentz, Lowe was subsequently released from the promotion.
Lowe signed with ProElite in October 2011. He made his Pro Elite debut against Floyd Hodges at ProElite: Big Guns. Lowe won via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of the second round.
World Series of Fighting
Lowe made his WSOF debut at World Series of Fighting 2 where he defeated Cameron Dollar by knockout.
For his second fight with the promotion, Lowe appeared on the main card in a fight against Georgi Karakhanyan at World Series of Fighting 5 on September 14, 2013. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.
Lowe made his XFC Brazil debut, when he faced Marcos dos Santos at XFC International 4 on April 26, 2014. After three close rounds, Lowe would lose via split decision. However, following the fight, the result would later be turned to a no contest.
In his next fight in the organization, Lowe faced Deivison Ribeiro for the XFC Featherweight Championship at XFC International 6 on September 27, 2014. He lost the fight via TKO in the fourth round.
Return to Bellator
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||16 wins||7 losses|
|NC||16–7 (2)||Ashleigh Grimshaw||No Contest||Art of War 17||April 30, 2016||1||1:23||Beijing, China|
|Win||16–7 (1)||Vaso Bakočević||Decision (unanimous)||Abu Dhabi Warriors 3||October 3, 2015||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Originally a Lightweight bout; Lowe missed weight.|
|Loss||15–7 (1)||Ryan Quinn||Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 140||July 17, 2015||2||2:47||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.|
|Win||15–6 (1)||Mateusz Teodorczuk||Decision (unanimous)||Abu Dhabi Warriors 2||March 26, 2015||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Return to Lightweight.|
|Loss||14–6 (1)||Deivison Ribeiro||TKO (head kick and punches)||XFC International 6||September 27, 2014||4||0:11||Araraquara, Brazil||For the XFC Featherweight Championship.|
|NC||14–5 (1)||Marcos dos Santos||No Contest||XFC International 4||April 26, 2014||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||14–5||Georgi Karakhanyan||Submission (guillotine choke)||World Series of Fighting 5||September 14, 2013||1||3:37||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14–4||Cameron Dollar||KO (punch)||World Series of Fighting 2||March 23, 2013||1||2:58||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Win||13–4||Mike Diggs||TKO (punches)||Pure MMA 2: Next Episode||May 12, 2012||2||3:13||Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||12–4||Tim Wadsworth||KO (punch)||Instinct MMA: Instinct Fighting 2||December 2, 2011||1||2:51||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||11–4||Floyd Hodges||TKO (doctor stoppage)||ProElite: Big Guns||November 5, 2011||2||5:00||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||10–4||Nik Lentz||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis||March 26, 2011||3||2:24||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||10–3||Willamy Freire||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight For The Troops 2||January 22, 2011||3||5:00||Fort Hood, Texas, United States|
|Win||9–3||Steve Lopez||Decision (split)||UFC 119||September 25, 2010||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||8–3||Melvin Guillard||TKO (knee to the body)||UFC 114||May 29, 2010||1||3:28||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–2||Steve Berger||KO (punches)||KOTC: Bad Boys II||April 16, 2010||1||2:18||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||7–2||Chris Barnes||TKO (punches)||5150 Combat League/XFL: New Year's Revolution||January 16, 2010||1||1:12||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||6–2||Frank Caraballo||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 5||May 1, 2009||3||5:00||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||5–2||Jay Ellis||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 109||October 18, 2008||3||5:00||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||4–2||Alex Carter||Submission (rear-naked choke)||International Combat Event 32||March 8, 2008||1||3:06||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||3–2||Andrew Hoogeboom||TKO (punches)||Xtreme Fighting Organization 22||February 23, 2008||1||0:43||Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||2–2||Alonzo Martinez||TKO (submission to punches)||Fightfest: Season 1 Finale||May 12, 2007||1||3:07||Canton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||2–1||Nick Sorg||TKO (submission to punches)||Fightfest 10||February 3, 2007||2||1:59||Canton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1–1||Cody Shipp||Submission (kimura)||Fightfest 7: Battle of the Titans||September 23, 2006||2||2:23||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||0–1||David Love||Submission (guillotine choke)||HOOKnSHOOT: Midwest||May 20, 2006||1||1:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
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- "XFC 6: Deivison Ribeiro vs. Waylon Lowe". Tapology.com. September 27, 2014.
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