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Brandon “QuickDraw” Lowe will fight Rashard Lovelace Nov. 6 at the Scottrade Center.
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EA-WR alumni Brandon Lowe trains at the War Room in Wood River in preparation for his first professional fight in November.
WOOD RIVER — Brandon Lowe, a 2008 East Alton-Wood River High School graduate, has spent the last 10 years perfecting his craft in the cage, looking forward to the day he can make the leap into the professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) cage.
Lowe, with an impressive 11-5 amateur record, has trained at Wood River’s War Room since age 15. He will see his dreams come true Friday, Nov. 6, at the Scottrade Center on the preliminary card under the event name Bellator 145: Vengeance.
“I was supposed to have my first pro fight in July but was held back with an emergency surgery to have my appendix removed,” he said. “I’ve been training for a long time for this; I’m ready to fight. I had been looking forward to this for so long, I have to admit, it made me quite angry. I had never fought that opponent, but he and I had a bit of a grudge. Three weeks before the fight (in July), I had massive pain and found out it was my appendix. Going through that lit a fire and has driven me.”
A wrestler at EA-WR, Lowe found his love for MMA at age 15 and talked about his goals with high school coach Dave Sobol.
“He was a good wrestler, a tough kid,” Sobol said. “He and I bonded in the classroom. B-Lowe, as I called him, always had such a tremendous work ethic and nothing he does or accomplishes surprises me. It’s all about work ethic. That kid (Lowe) went to school, worked full time and wrestled for us in school. Wrestling and the type of fighting he does today fit like a glove. All the top-notch fighters have been wrestlers. When he wrestled for me, he kept telling me he was going to do it, he was going to make it. I couldn’t be prouder to see that day come.”
Adopting the nickname “QuickDraw” for his speed, striking abilities and “country boy” values, Lowe has worked his way through the ranks to earn four titles before climbing to the pro level. His honors include a PCL Championship Title, NFA Featherweight Title, the Spires Featherweight Regional Title and the Unified Midwest Featherweight Title. Lowe is ranked No. 1 in the 145- and 155-pound weight class in Missouri.
“It’s my ultimate goal to make it to UFC, and this is the next step to get there,” Lowe said. “This next level is where you make a name for yourself. I was a senior in high school when I had my first fight at the Knights of Columbus in Bethalto; now I’m fighting my first pro fight at the Scottrade Center. There are people out there that think their dreams can’t come true; they can look at me and see they can come true. They just have to be willing to put in the work.”
Training five to six days a week, Lowe feels his rough past and ability to overcome challenges have given him the edge to push his way to the next level.
“Am I the best in the world right now? No. Do I want to be? Yes,” Lowe said. “If I find something I want, I’m going to drive to it to earn it. I love wrestling. I wasn’t a person who was book smart; I had to work hard to have that C average, so I had to have street smarts and become a hard worker. I don’t do this to be the tough guy; I do it because I love it. It teaches discipline and respect. I appreciate what I have because I earn it.”
Lowe is going toe-to-toe with Rashard Lovelace, who is new to the professional scene but already has the experience of one fight with a 1-0 pro record.
Anyone interested in tickets for the Nov. 6 fight or who would like to support or sponsor Lowe can contact his manager, Ty Bechel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (618) 780-4843.
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