- Given Name: Joseph Rolando Benavidez
- Pro MMA Record: 28-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
- Nickname: The Beefcake
- Current Streak: 2 Losses
- Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1984.07.31
- Last Fight: July 18, 2020 in UFC
- Weight Class: Flyweight | Last Weigh-In: 125.0 lbs
- Affiliation: Team Alpha Male
- Height: 5'4" (163cm) | Reach: 65.0" (165cm)
- Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,272,000 USD
- Born: San Antonio, Texas, United States
- Fighting out of: Sacramento, California
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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.