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.
|Born||April 3, 1984|
Sallisaw, Oklahoma, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Granite City, Illinois, United States|
|Team||Family Combat Fitness|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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 FightLockdown.com, 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."
Mixed martial arts 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.
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.
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. 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.
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 made his debut as a kickboxer and Glory fighter at GLORY 11 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on October 12, 2013. He lost via TKO in the first round following a spinning heel kick from Raymond Daniels.
|3 wins (3 KOs), 1 losses, 0 draws|
|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|
|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|
- Pittman, Stephanie (November 30, 2009). "Brian Foster: "Martial Arts have changed me"". FightLockdown. Retrieved December 1, 2009.[permanent dead link]
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- "Five Knuckles". Fiveknuckles.com. Archived from the original on 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
- "Brian Foster vs. Forrest Petz at UFC Fight Night 22 in Texas". mmajunkie.com. August 4, 2010. Archived from the original on August 6, 2010.
- "Injured Rory MacDonald out, Brian Foster in against Matt Brown at UFC 123". mmajunkie.com. October 13, 2010. Archived from the original on October 16, 2010.
- Chuck Mindenhall (June 20, 2018). "His goal is a title, but the fact that Brian Foster is still fighting is remarkable enough". mmafighting.com.
- "Brian Foster vs. Sean Pierson in the works for UFC 129 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. 2011-01-07. Archived from the original on 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-21.
- "Brian Foster Out of UFC 129 After Pre-Fight Medical Reveals Brain Hemorrhage". mmaweekly.com. April 12, 2011.
- "UFC's Brian Foster gets tuneup at Cage Warriors 44, meets vet Jack Mason". mmajunkie.com. 2011-09-14. Archived from the original on 2011-09-25. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
-  Archived October 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
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- "WSOF 25 results: Brian Foster caps unlikely comeback, KOs Joao Zeferino to win tourney". MMA Junkie. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
- "Shawn Jordan WSOF debut plus two other bouts round out WSOF 33".
- "PFL 2 results: Brooks cruises, Foster bulldozes, Olympian Harrison armbars, High erupts". mmajunkie.com. June 21, 2018.
- "GLORY 11 Full Event Card Announced". LiverKick. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
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