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"The Beefcake"

21-4-0

Joseph Benavidez

Joseph "The Beefcake" Benavidez

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  • Given Name: Joseph Rolando Benavidez
  • Professional MMA Record: 21-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Beefcake
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 30 | Date of Birth: 1984.07.31
  • Last Fight: November 22, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Flyweight | Last Weigh-In: 125.6 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Alpha Male
  • Height: 5'4" (163cm) | Reach: 65.0" (165cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $467,000 USD
  • Born: San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Sacramento, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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Joseph Benavidez, now considered one of the best bantamweights in the world, made his professional debut in 2006, winning his first ten fights, including two in the WEC. After starting his career with nine straight finishes, Benavidez’s first three WEC bouts went the distance, as he defeated notable veteran Jeff Curran but was also defeated for the first time in his career by eventual champion Dominick Cruz. Following the loss to Cruz, Benavidez finished both Rani Yahya and, most impressively, former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres, reestablishing himself as one of the premier bantamweights in the world.


Training out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California, the home of former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber, Benavidez has stepped out of his team leader’s shadow to be recognized as one of the most talented fighters under 155 lbs. The turning point from contender to title challenger was Benavidez’s bout with Torres, where he cut the former champion badly before finishing him off with a tight Guillotine Choke in the second round.


With the addition of the flyweight division Benavidez would drop down and fight Yasuhiro Urushitani as part of a 4 man tournament to claim the UFC's first flyweight title. Benavidez would defeat Urushitani in the second round by TKO earning himself Knockout of the Night. He would go on to face Demtrious Johnson for the first flyweight title and come up short losing by Split Decision. 


Benavidez would quickly rebound from his title fight loss by beating fellow flyweight tournament fighter, Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall by unanimous decision at UFC 156 in a fight that was believed to be a #1 contender bout for the flyweight title. However Benavidez would face Darren Uyenoyama at UFC on Fox 7 and he would finish him off in the second round by TKO. He is now scheduled to fight Tim Elliott at UFC 172.

Last updated 03.31.2014, 4:56 PM ET
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Joseph Benavidez Flyweight Ranking History

Joseph Benavidez MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dustin Ortiz
20-4-0 14-3-0

UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson
Main Card | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2014.11.22
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 125.6 lbs | Referee: Jacob Montalvo
Win | Submission | Choke
4:08 Round 1 of 3

Tim Elliott
19-4-0 10-4-1

UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira
Preliminary Card | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2014.04.26
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 125.5 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#5 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
UFC 172 Performance of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:08 Round 1 of 5

Demetrious Johnson
19-3-0 18-2-1

UFC on FOX 9: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2013.12.14
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $42,000 Base | Weigh-In: 125.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#14 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC on FOX 9 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Demetrious Johnson TUF 18 Finale 2013.11.30
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:07 Round 1 of 3

Jussier da Silva
18-3-0 15-2-0

UFC Fight Night 28: Teixeira vs. Bader
Main Card | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2013.09.04
Odds: -700 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 126.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:50 Round 2 of 3, 9:50 Total

Darren Uyenoyama
17-3-0 8-3-0

UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Preliminary Card | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2013.04.20
Odds: -595 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $66,000 ($33K Base, $33K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 125.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ian McCall
16-3-0 11-3-1

UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar
Main Card | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2013.02.02
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 126.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#13 Greatest Flyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#33 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Demetrious Johnson
16-2-0 15-2-1

UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
Co-Main Event | Vacant Title | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2012.09.22
Odds: -265 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 124.4 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#46 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#7 Greatest Flyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:11 Round 2 of 3, 5:11 Total

Yasuhiro Urushitani
15-2-0 19-4-6

UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 125 lbs

2012.03.02
Odds: -850 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 125.5 lbs | Referee: Steve Percival
#33 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
#4 Greatest Flyweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC on FX 2 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Eddie Wineland
14-2-0 18-7-1

UFC on Versus 5: Hardy vs. Lytle
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2011.08.14
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $43,000 ($21,500 Base, $21,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ian Loveland
13-2-0 14-7-0

UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2011.03.19
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Submission | Choke
2:45 Round 2 of 3, 7:45 Total

Wagnney Fabiano
12-2-0 14-2-0

WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2010.11.11
Odds: -230 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $35,000 ($17,500 Base, $17,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs | Referee: Kim Winslow
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Dominick Cruz
12-1-0 15-1-0

WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez
Main Event | Title Challenge | Bantamweight | 135

2010.08.18
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $17,500 Base | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#49 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#6 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
2:57 Round 2 of 3, 7:57 Total

Miguel Torres
11-1-0 37-2-0

WEC 47: Bowles vs Cruz
Co-Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2010.03.06
Odds: +293 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $39,000 ($14,500 Base, $14,500 Bonus, $10K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs | Referee: Mark Matheny
#3 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
#33 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
WEC 47 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:35 Round 1 of 3

Rani Yahya
10-1-0 15-4-0

WEC 45: Cerrone vs Ratcliff
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2009.12.19
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $25,000 ($12,500 Base, $12,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs | Referee: Kim Winslow
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dominick Cruz
10-0-0 13-1-0

WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2009.08.09
Odds: -320 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $22,500 ($12,500 Base, $10K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#5 Greatest Bantamweight MMA Fight of All Time
WEC 42 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jeff Curran
9-0-0 31-10-1

WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2009.04.05
Odds: -143 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs | Referee: Robert Long
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Danny Martinez
8-0-0 12-2-0

WEC 37: Torres vs Tapia
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2008.12.03
Odds: -321 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $17,000 ($8,500 Base, $8,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs | Referee: Kim Winslow
Cancelled Bout Norifumi Yamamoto Dream 5 2008.07.21
Reason: Yamamoto Knee Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
2:42 Round 1 of 2

Junya Kodo
7-0-0 6-1-2

Dream 5: Lightweight GP 2008 Final Round
Main Card | Featherweight | 63 kg

2008.07.21
Weigh-In: 138.0 lbs | Referee: Samio Kimura
Win | Submission | Choke

Maurice Eazel

Palace Fighting Championship

2008.05.08
Win | Submission | Choke

Jason Georgianna

Palace Fighting Championship

2008.01.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Rocky Del Monte

California Regional

2007.06.01
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Carlos Lovio

California Regional

2007.04.28
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Justin Smitley

California Regional

2007.04.07
Win | Submission | Choke

Ramon Rodriguez

Colorado Regional

2006.10.14
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Brandon Shelton

New Mexico Regional

2006.06.03

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