Brian Foster (fighter)

Brian Foster (born April 3, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist and kickboxer currently competing for the Professional Fighters League. A professional since 2006, he has also competed for the UFC. He won the WSOF Lightweight Tournament in 2015. Only one of his 41 career bouts has made it to a judges' decision.

Brian Foster
Born (1984-04-03) April 3, 1984 (age 37)
Sallisaw, Oklahoma, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach73.0 in (185 cm)
Fighting out ofGranite City, Illinois, United States
TeamFamily Combat Fitness
Years active2006–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout3
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout15
By submission13
By decision1
By knockout2
By submission9
By disqualification1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 12, 2013


Foster began his professional MMA career in 2006, after his brother died. In an interview with, Foster stated that "martial arts have changed me, it's made me a more humble and respectful individual. My brother’s death did make me a very angry person, so very shortly after it happened, I started training and used the physical stress of training to cancel out the emotional pain caused by his death. I like to think he is very proud of what I have accomplished since his passing [...] I take a photo of my brother with me to every fight."[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Foster got his start fighting for the Masters of the Cage company. Foster fought six times for the promotion and went 4–2 and won eight consecutive fights before losing to future The Ultimate Fighter winner, Diego Brandão. Foster bounced back and won his next three fights before getting signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

At UFC 103, Foster was set to make his debut against highly regarded Englishman, Paul Daley. Daley replaced Mike Swick in a fight with Martin Kampmann, leaving Foster without an opponent. Instead of Daley, he ended up fighting Rick Story and lost via arm-triangle choke submission in the second round.[2]

At UFC 106 on November 21, 2009, Foster defeated Brock Larson by TKO in the second round after taking an illegal kick to the head and an illegal knee to the head in the first round.[3]

Foster stepped in for an injured Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 110 to face Chris Lytle.[4] He lost due to a kneebar submission in the first round.

Foster next faced Forrest Petz on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22.[5] He won in the first round by TKO.

Foster then faced Matt Brown at UFC 123, replacing an injured Rory MacDonald.[6] Foster won the fight by guillotine choke submission in the second round.

In 2010, an inadvertent groin strike sustained during training burst Foster's testicle and it had to be surgically removed. Later, when he was cleared to continue training for upcoming Pierson fight at UFC 129, a pre-fight MRI showed clear signs of a brain hemorrhage. The second MRI taken of his brain showed no signs of hemorrhage. However, Foster was left without a fight and subsequently he was released from UFC. According to Foster, there was miscommunication in the media leading to reports of him going through a brain surgery but Foster stated they were false.[7][8][9]


Now fully recovered, Foster's next fight was against Jack Mason at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 44.[10] He won the fight by standing guillotine choke submission in the first round.

Foster defeated LaVerne Clark via first-round submission at Capital City Cage Wars 7 on October 15, 2011.[11]

World Series of Fighting/Professional Fighters LeagueEdit

Foster joined the World Series of Fighting in 2014. In his first fight for the promotion, Foster faced Jake Shields in the main event of WSOF 17 on January 17, 2015. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

In his second fight for the promotion, Foster defeated LaRue Burley via knockout with a right hook at 34 seconds of the first round at WSOF 23 on September 18, 2015.

Foster then entered WSOF's one night Lightweight tournament to determine the number one contender for the Lightweight Championship.[12] He faced Joáo Zeferino in the quarter finals and lost via submission due to a heel hook. However, a number of injuries plagued the semifinalists and Foster continued as an injury substitution. He faced Luis Palomino in the semifinals and won via TKO in the second round. In the finals, he faced Zeferino in a rematch and won the fight via knockout in the second round to win the tournament.[13]

Foster faced Luiz Firmino at WSOF 33 on October 7, 2016.[14] He won the fight via triangle choke submission in the first round.

Foster faced Jon Fitch in a welterweight title bout on June 30, 2017 at Professional Fighters League 36: Fitch vs. Foster. He lost the fight in the second round due to submission.

Foster faced Ramsey Nijem in the initial round of Professional Fighters League's lightweight tournament. Foster won the fight via ground and pound, stemming from a flying knee to Nijem's head.[15]


Foster made his debut as a kickboxer and Glory fighter at GLORY 11 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on October 12, 2013.[16] He lost via TKO in the first round following a spinning heel kick from Raymond Daniels.[17]

Kickboxing recordEdit

Professional kickboxing record
3 wins (3 KOs), 1 losses, 0 draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2013-10-12 Loss   Raymond Daniels Glory 11: Chicago Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA TKO (right spinning heel kick) 1 2:24 0–1
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
41 matches 29 wins 12 losses
By knockout 15 2
By submission 13 9
By decision 1 0
By disqualification 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 29–12 Cliff Wright Submission (kimura) MMAX FC 9: High Stakes 2 August 15, 2020 1 2:20 Poteau, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 28–12 Amirkhan Adaev DQ (Illegal Upkick) ACA 101: Strus vs. Nemchinov November 15, 2019 2 3:17 Warsaw, Poland
Loss 28–11 Abdul-Aziz Abdulvakhabov Submission (arm-triangle choke) ACA 92: Yagshimuradov vs. Celiński 16 February 2019 1 1:38 Warsaw, Poland
Win 28–10 Ramsey Nijem TKO (knee and punches) PFL 2 June 21, 2018 3 0:32 Chicago, Illinois, United States Return to Lightweight.
Loss 27–10 Jon Fitch Submission (side choke) PFL: Daytona June 30, 2017 2 3:12 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States For the PFL Welterweight Championship.
Win 27–9 Luiz Firmino Submission (triangle choke) WSOF 33 October 7, 2016 1 3:14 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 26–9 Justin Gaethje TKO (leg kicks) WSOF 29 March 12, 2016 1 1:43 Greeley, Colorado, United States For the WSOF Lightweight Championship.
Win 26–8 João Zeferino KO (punches) WSOF 25 November 20, 2015 2 4:51 Phoenix, Arizona, United States WSOF Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 25–8 Luis Palomino TKO (punches) 2 4:19 WSOF Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Loss 24–8 João Zeferino Submission (heel hook) 1 1:46 WSOF Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 24–7 LaRue Burley KO (punch) WSOF 23 September 18, 2015 1 0:32 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 23–7 Marcio Navarro TKO (knee and punches) XFI 14 July 18, 2015 1 0:45 Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States Lightweight debut.
Loss 22–7 Jake Shields Submission (rear-naked choke) WSOF 17 January 17, 2015 1 2:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–6 Gilbert Smith Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 28: Brilz vs. Davis May 16, 2014 3 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 21–6 Rodrigo Soria Submission (armbar) RDC MMA: Reto de Campeones 2 February 21, 2014 1 2:39 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 20–6 Mitch Whitesel Submission (armbar) C3 Fights: Border Wars 2014 February 8, 2014 1 4:37 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 19–6 James Wood KO (spinning back kick) Victory Fighting Championship 40 July 27, 2013 2 0:43 Ralston, Nebraska, United States Won the VFC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 18–6 Daniel Roberts Submission (rear naked choke) Combat MMA May 18, 2013 1 1:29 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 18–5 LaVerne Clark Submission (armbar) Capital City Cage Wars 7 October 15, 2011 1 2:31 Springfield, Illinois, United States
Win 17–5 Jack Mason Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Warriors: 44 October 1, 2011 1 2:15 Kentish Town, London, England Catchweight (181 lbs) bout.
Win 16–5 Matt Brown Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 123 November 20, 2010 2 2:11 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 15–5 Forrest Petz TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares September 15, 2010 1 1:07 Austin, Texas, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 14–5 Chris Lytle Submission (kneebar) UFC 110 February 21, 2010 1 1:41 Sydney, Australia
Win 14–4 Brock Larson TKO (submission to punches) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 2 3:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–4 Rick Story Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 2 1:09 Dallas, Texas, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 13–3 Kyle Baker KO (punches) Shine Fights 1: Genesis April 9, 2009 1 0:59 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 12–3 Mike Jackson KO (punches) PB MMA: Return to Glory March 28, 2009 1 0:05 Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Win 11–3 Nathan Coy Submission (kimura) Pro Battle MMA: Immediate Impact October 4, 2008 1 4:08 Springdale, Arkansas, United States
Loss 10–3 Diego Brandão KO (punches) TAP Entertainment: Fight Night June 27, 2008 1 1:34 Sallisaw, Oklahoma, United States
Win 10–2 Douglas Edwards Submission (armbar) LFC 1: The Genesis May 10, 2008 1 2:00 Wichita, Kansas, United States
Win 9–2 Nuri Shakir Submission (guillotine choke) AOW: Gi's vs Pro's April 19, 2008 1 1:09 Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 8–2 Ken Jackson TKO (punches) Warriors of the Cage 1 June 16, 2007 3 0:40 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 7–2 Phet Phongsavane Submission (rear-naked choke) Night of Champions: Power, Pride and Honor March 30, 2007 1 N/A Alexandria, Louisiana, United States
Win 6–2 Derik Bolton TKO (punches) Blackeye Productions February 10, 2007 1 1:30 Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Win 5–2 Steve Carl TKO (punches) Masters of the Cage 7 December 2, 2006 1 4:34 Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Win 4–2 James Inhoff Submission Blackeye Productions November 4, 2006 1 2:25 Arkansas, United States
Win 3–2 Jeff Davis TKO (punches) Masters of the Cage 5 October 14, 2006 1 2:44 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 2–2 TJ Waldburger Submission (armbar) Masters of the Cage 4 September 23, 2006 1 0:29 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 2–1 Jeff Davis Submission Masters of the Cage 3 August 19, 2006 3 1:19 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 1–1 Jeff Davis Submission (choke) Masters of the Cage 2 July 14, 2006 3 0:54 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1–0 Deric Harris KO (punch) Masters of the Cage 2 July 14, 2006 1 1:09 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States


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