Brian Foster is without a doubt one of the most exciting fighters to watch on the Professional Fighters League roster. The Oklahoma native has competed in both the welterweight and lightweight divisions during his time with the company. His next bout will come at 170-pounds and will be against one of the best welterweights in MMA history, Jon Fitch. The two veterans will square off for welterweight supremacy heading into the inaugural PFL season.
Before these two great veterans go to battle at #PFLDaytona, check out these 10 things you need to know about the surging contender.
1) He Credits MMA With Changing His Life
Foster credits the sport of MMA and martial arts in helping him change his life around following the tragic loss of his brother.
“Growing up we had been real active kids — hiking and biking and stuff like that — just athletic people (from) a real athletic family. We were hiking one day and my brother fell off some cliffs man, or the rocks gave and he kind of went with them. It was like 250 feet to his death. I lost myself for a little while and needed some kind of outlet to channel my negative energy to and found MMA a couple of weeks later after his funeral. It was something (where) I was able to turn everything that happened that was negative into something positive and beneficial to a lot of people.” (via MMAMania.com)
2) He Won The Historic WSOF25 Lightweight Tournament
Foster entered the one-night lightweight tournament at WSOF25 looking to earn a crack at Justin Gaethje’s WSOF title. He would lose in the opening round to eventual finalist Joao Zeferino. When an injury forced another competitor out of their slot, Foster returned with a vengeance. He defeated Luis Palomino via TKO and avenged the loss to Zeferino in the tournament finals.
3) There’s No Denying Foster’s Toughness
Being a veteran of the sport, Foster has seen it all and done it all in the world of MMA. Competing across multiple MMA promotions, Foster even went as far as to challenge one of the best kickboxers on the planet in GLORY. Although the fight didn’t go his way, it takes some strong mental fortitude to step into the ring with Raymond Daniels for your first professional kickboxing match.
There’s also his fight with Gaethje in which Foster suffered a signifcant knee injury early on. Instead of giving up, Foster continued on and left it all in the cage.
4) He’s Never Lost Back-To-Back Fights
Foster’s MMA career spans over a decade. Throughout career, Foster has tasted the sting of defeat on a few occasions. However, the former lightweight title contender has never lost in back-to-back fights.
5) Besides Fighting, Foster Also Owns his Own MMA Gym
Foster spends most of his training camps at Factory X in Colorado. However, when the Oklahoma native returns home in between fights, he’s training at his own gym, Family Combat Fitness & MMA. By having his own facility in his hometown, Foster can stay in peak shape year round.
6) Iron Sharpens Iron
Foster is always prepared for whatever comes his way inside the Decagon because he trains with some of the best athletes in the world. Factory X is located just outside Denver and is home to some great fighters like Chris and Brian Camozzi, Joe Warren, Dustin Jacoby and Brian Rodgers among others. The gym is run by Marc Montoya. Foster spends time training at his family-run gym back in Oklahoma and at Factory X for his fight camps.
7) The Word ‘Decision’ Doesn’t Exist In His Vocabulary
While some fighters would be happy to pick up a W anyway they can, Foster isn’t one of those. Foster has avoided the judges’ scorecards all but once throughout his career. That also includes all of Foster’s losses. As he explains, “Either I’m finishing you, or you’re finishing me.”
8) It’s Called Mixed Martial Arts For A Reason
Foster’s aggressive fighting style has made him a fan favorite among the MMA world. Although known as a striker, Foster is seemingly just as dangerous on the mat as he is on the feet. Of Foster’s 27 wins, he owns 13 KO/TKO and 13 submission victories. The PFL athlete is a threat to his opponent in every facet of the game.
9) More Than Meets The Eye
Foster’s tenacity in the Decagon is matched by his sincerity outside of it. Family means a great deal to him and it’s part of what drew him to Factory X in Colorado.
“All those athletes out there push and motivate each other,” Foster said. “They have an amazing aura about them and such a great family atmosphere. That’s what drew me to them because I’m such a family guy.”
10) Right Guy At The Wrong Time
Despite not winning a WSOF title, Foster does own a victory over the first ever WSOF welterweight champ, Steve Carl. The two met in a regional tilt back in 2009. Foster would win via TKO just before the end of the first round. The win against Carl was part of Foster’s impressive 8-0 run from 2006 to 2008.
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