Brian Foster (Welterweight)
|Nickname||The Foster Boy|
|Weight Class||Welterweight (170 lbs.)|
|Height||5' 9" (176cm)|
|Birth Date||April 4, 1984|
|Fighting Out Of||Granite City, Illinois|
|Brian Foster Pictures||Official Website|
|Record||18 - 5 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||LaVerne Clark||Submission (Armbar)||CCCW: Capital City Cage Wars 7||10/15/2011||1||2:31|
|Win||Jack Mason||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||CWFC 44: Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 44||10/1/2011||1||2:15|
|Win||Matt Brown||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida||11/20/2010||2||2:11|
|Win||Forrest Petz||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares||9/15/2010||1||1:07||Won Knockout of the Night Honors|
|Loss||Chris Lytle||Submission (Kneebar)||UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez||2/21/2010||1||1:41||Replaced an injured Dong Hyun Kim|
|Win||Brock Larson||Submission (Punches)||UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin II||11/21/2009||2||3:25|
|Loss||Rick Story||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort||9/19/2009||2||1:09||UFC debut; Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||Kyle Baker||KO (Punches)||SF: Genesis||5/09/2009||1||0:59|
|Win||Mike Jackson||KO (Punches)||PB MMA: Return to Glory||3/28/2009||1||0:05|
|Win||Nathan Coy||Submission (Kimura)||Pro Battle MMA: Immediate Impact||10/04/2008||1||N/A|
|Loss||Diego Brandao||KO||TAP Entertainment: Fight Night||6/27/2008||1||1:34|
|Win||Douglas Edwards||Submission (Armbar)||LFC 1: The Genesis||5/10/2008||1||2:00|
|Win||Nuri Shakir||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||AOW: Gi's vs. Pro's||4/19/2008||1||1:09|
|Win||Ken Jackson||TKO||WOTC 1: Warriors of the Cage 1||6/16/2007||3||0:40|
|Win||Phet Phongsavane||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Night of Champions: Power, Pride and Honor||3/30/2007||1||N/A|
|Win||Derik Bolton||TKO (Punches)||BP: Blackeye Productions||2/10/2007||1||1:30|
|Win||Steve Carl||TKO||MOTC 7: Masters of the Cage 7||12/02/2006||1||4:34||Won MOTC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||James Inhoff||Submission||BP: Blackeye Productions||11/04/2006||1||2:25|
|Win||Jeff Davis||TKO||MOTC 5: Masters of the Cage 5||10/14/2006||1||2:44|
|Loss||Anthony Waldburger||Submission||MOTC 4: Masters of the Cage 4||9/23/2006||1||0:29|
|Win||Jeff Davis||Submission||MOTC 3: Masters of the Cage 3||8/19/2006||3||1:19||Avenged first career loss|
|Loss||Jeff Davis||Submission (Choke)||MOTC 2: Masters of the Cage 2||7/14/2006||3||0:54|
|Win||Deric Harris||KO||MOTC 2: Masters of the Cage 2||7/14/2006||1||1:09|
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Foster started his professional MMA career in 2006, after his brother died. In an interview with FightLockdown, 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.”
Foster got his start fighting for the Masters of the Cage company. Foster fought five times for the promotion and went 3–2. He won seven straight before losing his third pro fight to Brazilian, Diego Brandao. Foster bounced back and won three more before getting signed by the UFC.
At UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort, Foster was scheduled to fight Affliction refugee Paul Daley, but when Mike Swick was injured and forced out of his bout with Martin Kampmann, the UFC had Daley replace Swick, leaving an opening for Rick Story to step in to fight Foster. Foster's UFC debut was a bitter-sweet moment, as he was submitted with a Rear Naked Choke, yet he put on an amazing performance, earning himself the Fight of the Night Honors.
At UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin II on November 21, 2009 Foster defeated Brock Larson by TKO (Strikes) in the second round after taking an illegal kick to the head and an illegal knee to the head in the first round.
Foster next stepped in for an injured Dong Hyun Kim on February 20, 2010 at UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez where he faced Chris Lytle, who at the time had won three consecutive Fight of the Night bonuses. Though Foster looked very crisp and sharp at the beginning of the first round, Lytle connected with a left hand that appeared to stun his opponent, after missing on several wild punches. Foster shot in for a takedown, but Lytle deftly countered with a Kneebar that forced the tap at the 1:41 mark of the opening frame. The quick submission win earned Lytle the Submission of the Night Honors.
Foster's next fight took place on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22, where he faced off against Forrest Petz. Both fighters were coming off losses, so it was pretty much a "loser leaves" match. Foster set the pace early with a variety of strikes, and he ultimately clipped and forced Petz to the mat with a straight right early in the fight. Foster followed with dozens of unanswered blows to his downed opponent to force the referee's intervention. The win by way of TKO (Punches) earned Foster the Knockout of the Night Honors.