Charles Bennett (fighter)

Charles Daniel Bennett (born November 23, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the featherweight division. A professional competitor since 1999, he has competed in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rizin FF, EliteXC, King of the Cage, World Extreme Fighting, and ShoXC.

Charles Bennett
Born (1979-11-23) November 23, 1979 (age 40)
Gainesville, Florida, United States
Other namesCurrent: Felony, Previous: Kid Khaos, Krazy Horse
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Fighting out ofOcala, Florida, United States
TeamFIT/NHB (2008–2013) [1]
Years active1999–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout21
By submission6
By decision3
By knockout7
By submission22
By decision11
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Bennett was born in Gainesville, Florida and is the second-oldest boy of 11 siblings. Bennett lived in Gainesville for the first eight years of his life before moving to Ocala, Florida to live with his father after his mother was arrested on a drug charge. Bennett had a troubled upbringing as he came from a broken home, often getting into fights, and both of his parents abused crack cocaine. Growing up, Bennett was a self-described "black sheep" of the family, but was very athletic and was a talented football player in high school, where he played running back, linebacker, and was even a defensive lineman despite his small stature. However, Bennett was kicked off of the team during his sophomore year. During his junior year, his father kicked him out of the house and Bennett eventually dropped out of high school before turning his attention to selling narcotics. In between jail stints, he found a newspaper advertisement for a mixed martial arts gym in Ocala and decided to sign up and join the gym. His coaches were very impressed with his speed and strength, but at this time Bennett was still dealing drugs. Eventually, he gave up dealing drugs and focused on mixed martial arts, with the birth of his first child as his main motivation to change his lifestyle although he continued to be arrested on drug charges until 2011. He also credits King of the Cage owner Terry Trebilcock Jr. to helping Bennett turn his life around.[2][3][4]

Mixed martial artsEdit

Early careerEdit

Bennett made his professional debut when he was only 19 years old in Georgia in 1999 and lost the bout via submission. In his next bout a year later, he received his first professional win after he knocked out his opponent with a slam in the first round. Bennett then made his debut for the World Extreme Fighting promotion and faced future UFC and Bellator veteran Rich Clementi. Bennett lost the bout after he tapped out due to strikes in the first round. Bennett won his next two fights via strikes before making his King of the Cage debut against future UFC veteran and K-1 kickboxer, Duane Ludwig. Bennett lost after he submitted due to exhaustion in the second round. Bennett then won 9 of his next 10 fights, including a win over former U.S. Marine and future UFC fighter, Gerald Strebendt via submission due to strikes. His four-fight winning streak was snapped by future Pancrase Featherweight Champion Takumi Nakayama via submission.[3][4]

PRIDE Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

With a record of 12-5, Bennett made his PRIDE debut against former Shooto Lightweight Champion and future PRIDE Lightweight Champion, Takanori Gomi at PRIDE Bushido 5 in what was also Bennett's overseas debut. Bennett lost via kimura within the first round. After a return to King of the Cage in which he achieved mixed results, Bennett returned to PRIDE at PRIDE Bushido 7 against former DEEP Bantamweight Champion, Yoshiro Maeda. Bennett won via knockout just under two minutes in one of the biggest wins of his career.[3][4]

Bennett made his next appearance for the promotion at PRIDE Bushido 9 against former DEEP Featherweight Champion and former DEEP Lightweight Champion, Dokonjonosuke Mishima. Bennett lost the bout via submission. After losing a King of the Cage Bantamweight Championship fight against future WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber, Bennett made his PRIDE appearance at PRIDE Shockwave 2005 against Japanese fighter Ken Kaneko, and won via armbar submission. After winning the bout, Bennett tackled the referee who in response pulled out a yellow card.[3][4]

After his bout with Kaneko, Bennett was involved in a backstage altercation with Cristiano Marcello, member of Chute Boxe Academy and current UFC fighter. In a video posted on Chute Boxe's official website, Bennett is seen attacking Chute Boxe fighter Cristiano Marcello.[5] Bennett supposedly insulted the Chute Boxe Academy and Wanderlei Silva, prompting a scuffle between Marcello and Bennett. Bennett charged at Marcello while throwing punches, and both men went to the ground where Marcello put Bennett to sleep with a triangle choke before the fight was broken up. Bennett claimed that he knocked out Wanderlei Silva during the melee. (Other fighters confirmed this as well.) [6]

Bennett made his last appearance for the organization in 2006 at PRIDE Bushido 11 against former Shooto Lightweight Champion Tatsuya Kawajiri. Bennett lost the bout via kneebar submission in the first round. Bennett held a record of 2-3 with the promotion.[3][4]


Bennett fought at EliteXC: Destiny against former UFC fighter and Strikeforce veteran, KJ Noons, who would become the EliteXC Lightweight Champion two fights later. After a war of words in the press conference before the fight, Bennett defeated the Hawaiian via knockout in a huge upset.

ShoXC and other venturesEdit

In 2004, Bennett, along with fighters Din Thomas and Aaron Riley, appeared in the Chris Fuller film Loren Cass.

In 2007, Bennett missed a fight in San Jose, California, because he missed his flight from Florida—having just been released from jail. Recently, Bennett lost to longtime rival Victor Valenzuela in a rematch at ShoXC on August 25. Prior to the fight with Valenzuela, the two had fought to a controversial draw, which sparked the feud. On January 24, 2008, Bennett was supposed to fight Victor Valenzuela in a King of the Cage event. However, Bennett was arrested for domestic dispute and faces several charges including strangulation. His bout with Valenzuela will be postponed.

Bennett is known to his fans for his entertaining behavior. Bennett did not actually began training daily for his fights until he received his 22nd career loss.[7]

In the video game UFC Undisputed 2010, the nickname "Krazy Horse" is available for use on a custom created fighter, once bought in the in-game store.

Bennett showed up at the tryouts for The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck, but did not make it to the final cast.

On January 16, 2011 Bennett was training at a gym in Bernalillo County, New Mexico and got into a physical altercation with a teammate. According to a police report, tempers flared between the two and the other fighter knocked down Bennett, who then got dressed and left the building but came back 15 minutes later with a heavy piece of steel and attacked the fighter from behind. He was charged with aggravated battery.[3][4]

Return to MMAEdit

After being away from the sport for nearly three years, Bennett returned to active MMA competition in October 2015 for his former organization, King of the Cage. Bennett fought six times in the next eleven months and posted a record of four wins and two losses.

In September 2016 Bennett competed at the Rizin Fighting Federation's World Grand-Prix 2016 in Japan. He defeated Minoru Kimura by TKO at 0:07 seconds of the first round.

Bare-knuckle boxingEdit

Bennett faced Michael McDonald at a Bare Knuckle FC event held on August 25, 2018. He lost the fight via TKO in the 4th round with 10 seconds left.

Legal troublesEdit

Bennett was first arrested when he was 17 years old for aggravated battery but the case was dropped. In 1998, he was arrested twice for possession of cocaine. His first arrest was dismissed and his second arrest included distribution, grand theft, and holding under an ounce of marijuana. He received adjudication withheld on the four felony and one misdemeanor charge.[citation needed]

Between 1999 and 2009, he was arrested 14 times on charges that included selling cocaine, burglary, aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, and possession of MDMA. The charge on the pregnant woman in 2002 was dropped and he was found guilty on two drug charges in 2000 and 2001 and was also found guilty for another aggravated battery in 2008, which stemmed from a domestic dispute.[4]

Bennett was charged for aggravated battery by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department after the incident on January 16, 2011. In 2013, he was again arrested for battery.[4][8]

Personal lifeEdit

Bennett is divorced and has one child.[4]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
72 matches 30 wins 40 losses
By knockout 21 7
By submission 6 22
By decision 3 11
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 30–41–2 Kevin Croom Submission (rear-naked choke) FAC 1 August 24, 2019 1 2:15 Independence, Missouri, United States
Loss 30–40–2 Zach Shaw Submission (rear-naked choke) TWC: Bennett vs. Shaw December 1, 2018 1 3:29 Lansing, Michigan, United States
Loss 30–39–2 James Freeman Technical submission (rear-naked choke) Island Fights 48 June 2, 2018 2 0:44 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Loss 30–38–2 Bruce Lutchmedial Decision (unanimous) CamSoda Legends April 26, 2018 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Featherweight bout; won Live Fan Vote $1000 Bonus (5,362-70).
Loss 30–37–2 Brok Weaver Decision (split) Island Fights 46 February 8, 2018 3 5:00 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Loss 30–36–2 Cody Pfister Submission (rear naked choke) Fist Fight Night 2: Pfister vs Felony September 30, 2017 1 2:36 Amarillo, Texas, United States For the Fist Fight Night Lightweight Championship.
Loss 30–35–2 Ray Cooper III TKO (punches) X-1: Braddah vs. Felony August 12, 2017 2 2:48 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Welterweight debut.
Loss 30–34–2 Balajin Submission (choke) Kunlun Fight MMA 13 July 6, 2017 2 0:55 Jining, China
Loss 30–33–2 Zhenhong Lv TKO (corner stoppage) Kunlun Fight MMA 11 May 4, 2017 1 5:00 Jining, China
Loss 30–32–2 Cody Stevens Decision (unanimous) RFO Big Guns 23 March 24, 2017 3 5:00 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Return to Featherweight.
Loss 30–31–2 Lawrence Fitzpatrick Submission (rear-naked choke) Tanko Fighting Championships 3 February 11, 2017 1 4:42 Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 30–30–2 Minoru Kimura TKO (punches) Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016 September 25, 2016 1 0:07 Saitama, Japan
Win 29–30–2 Paul Rodriguez Submission (heel hook) Battleground: Perry vs. Mundell May 14, 2016 1 0:43 Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Loss 28–30–2 Matt DiMarcantonio Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Extreme Horsepower March 12, 2016 3 5:00 Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Win 28–29–2 Terrell Hobbs Submission (heel hook) EWC 9: Takeover February 4, 2016 1 1:17 Salem, Virginia, United States Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.
Loss 27–29–2 Jimmy Zidek Decision (split) KOTC: Thunder & Lightning January 8, 2016 3 5:00 Carlton, Minnesota, United States
Win 27–28–2 Danny Black KO (punches) KOTC: Harvest of Champions October 24, 2015 1 1:41 Sloan, Iowa, United States Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.
Loss 26–28–2 Ronnie Rogers Submission (triangle choke) Warfare 7: Invasion December 7, 2012 1 3:45 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Loss 26–27–2 Johnavan Vistante Decision (unanimous) Destiny MMA: Na'Koa September 8, 2012 5 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States For the Destiny MMA Lightweight Championship.
Loss 26–26–2 Chris McDaniel Submission (triangle choke) ShoFight 20 June 16, 2012 1 2:52 Springfield, Missouri, United States Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.
Win 26–25–2 John Mahlow TKO (punches) Art of Fighting 15 May 15, 2012 1 3:23 Jacksonville, Florida, United States Lightweight bout.
Loss 25–25–2 Peter Grimes Submission (guillotine choke) CFA 06: Palomino vs. Warfield April 13, 2012 2 3:36 Miami, Florida, United States
Loss 25–24–2 Luis Palomino KO (punch) CFA 04: Izquierdo vs. Cenoble December 17, 2011 1 3:59 Coral Gables, Florida, United States Lightweight bout.
Win 25–23–2 Michael Casteel TKO (slam and punches) KOTC: Rising Sun September 10, 2011 1 0:56 Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Loss 24–23–2 Matt Muramoto Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Shockwave July 23, 2011 1 2:48 Oroville, California, United States Featherweight debut.
Loss 24–22–2 Jason Gybels Submission (rear-naked choke) UCS: Caged Combat 3 April 16, 2011 3 4:14 Grand Ronde, Oregon, United States
Loss 24–21–2 John Harris Decision (split) Hess Extreme Fighting March 15, 2011 3 5:00 Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
Loss 24–20–2 Fábio Mello Decision (split) World Extreme Fighting 45 January 22, 2011 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Loss 24–19–2 Drew Fickett Submission (guillotine choke) Shine Fights: Lightweight Grand Prix September 10, 2010 1 3:34 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States
Win 24–18–2 Harris Norwood Submission (guillotine choke) WEF: World Extreme Fighting July 10, 2010 2 4:55 Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Loss 23–18–2 Sterling Ford Decision (unanimous) Action Fight League: Rock-N-Rumble 3 June 4, 2010 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 23–17–2 Bobby Green KO (punches) KOTC: Fight 4 Hope December 17, 2009 1 2:17 San Bernardino, California, United States
Win 23–16–2 Eric Moon KO (punches) KOTC: Super Stars August 13, 2009 1 3:32 Highland, California, United States
Loss 22–16–2 Anthony McDavitt Decision (split) KOTC: Legends June 6, 2009 3 3:00 Winterhaven, California, United States
Win 22–15–2 Donnie Martinez Submission (guillotine choke) KOTC: Hierarchy October 13, 2007 1 1:39 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 21–15–2 Victor Valenzuela TKO (submission to punches) ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series August 25, 2007 1 3:23 Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Win 21–14–2 Dan Loman KO (punch) KOTC: Battle at the Bowl July 21, 2007 2 3:15 Wisconsin, United States
Win 20–14–2 Robert Martz KO (slam) KOTC: Caged Chaos March 10, 2007 1 0:29 Laughlin, Nevada, United States
Win 19–14–2 KJ Noons KO (punch) EliteXC: Destiny February 10, 2007 1 3:43 Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Win 18–14–2 Adam Bourke TKO (submission to punches) KOTC: Australia July 8, 2006 2 N/A Australia
Loss 17–14–2 Tatsuya Kawajiri Submission (kneebar) PRIDE Bushido 11 June 4, 2006 1 2:30 Saitama, Japan
Loss 17–13–2 Buddy Clinton Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Drop Zone March 18, 2006 1 0:18 Michigan, United States
Loss 17–12–2 Jeff Curran Submission (armbar) KOTC: Redemption on the River February 17, 2006 1 4:32 Illinois, United States
Win 17–11–2 Ken Kaneko Submission (armbar) PRIDE FC: Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 1 4:14 Saitama, Japan
Loss 16–11–2 Urijah Faber Submission (rear-naked choke) GC 46: Avalanche December 11, 2005 1 4:38 California, United States For the KOTC Bantamweight Championship.
Loss 16–10–2 Dokonjonosuke Mishima Submission (ankle lock) PRIDE Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 1 4:04 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix replacement bout.
Loss 16–9–2 John Gunderson Submission (rear-naked choke) Gladiator Challenge 40 August 13, 2005 2 1:28 Oregon, United States
Draw 16–8–2 Victor Valenzuela Draw KOTC 58: Prime Time August 5, 2005 2 5:00 California, United States
Win 16–8–1 Gabe Rivas TKO (injury) KOTC 56: Caliente July 9, 2005 1 2:21 Arizona, United States
Win 15–8–1 Theo McDonald TKO (punches) KOTC 55: Grudge Match June 17, 2005 1 4:40 Mexico
Win 14–8–1 Yoshiro Maeda KO (punch) PRIDE Bushido 7 May 22, 2005 1 1:55 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 13–8–1 Gabe Rivas Draw KOTC 49: Soboba March 20, 2005 2 5:00 California, United States
Loss 13–8 Forrest Petz Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC 48: Payback February 25, 2005 1 3:40 Ohio, United States
Win 13–7 Victor Hernandez KO (slam) KOTC 47: Uprising February 5, 2005 1 0:11 Mexico
Loss 12–7 Dave Hisquierdo Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC 44: Revenge November 14, 2004 2 1:56 California, United States
Loss 12–6 Takanori Gomi Submission (kimura) PRIDE Bushido 5 October 14, 2004 1 5:52 Osaka, Japan
Loss 12–5 Takumi Nakayama Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC 39: Hitmaster August 6, 2004 1 2:46 California, United States
Win 12–4 William Sriyrapai Decision (unanimous) KOTC 37: Unfinished Business June 12, 2004 2 5:00 California, United States
Win 11–4 Shad Smith KO (punches) KOTC 33: After Shock February 20, 2004 1 0:40 California, United States
Win 10–4 Glen Mincer KO (punches) World Extreme Fighting December 20, 2003 1 2:08 Florida, United States
Win 9–4 William Sriyrapai Decision (split) KOTC 29: Renegades September 5, 2003 2 5:00 California, United States
Loss 8–4 Rick Davis Decision (unanimous) WEFC 1: Bring It On June 29, 2002 4 4:00 Georgia
Win 8–3 Aristides Britto Submission (heel hook) Dixie Rumble November 17, 2001 1 3:09 United States
Win 7–3 Scott Johnson TKO (punches) Rumble in the Valley November 15, 2001 1 2:00 Florida, United States
Win 6–3 Gerald Strebendt TKO (submission to punches) GC 7: Casualties of War November 4, 2001 1 1:40 California, United States
Win 5–3 Jon Weidler Decision (majority) RSF 5: New Blood Conflict October 27, 2001 3 4:00 Georgia
Win 4–3 Todd Carney KO (punches) RSF 4: Circle of Truth September 22, 2001 1 N/A Georgia
Loss 3–3 Duane Ludwig TKO (exhaustion) KOTC 10: Critical Mass August 4, 2001 2 2:38 California, United States
Win 3–2 John Wehbey TKO (corner stoppage) RSF: Circle of Truth 1 April 7, 2001 3 1:12 Georgia
Win 2–2 Robert Irizarry TKO (submission to punches) World Extreme Fighting: Rumble at the Rodeo 2 March 17, 2001 3 1:43 Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Loss 1–2 Rich Clementi TKO (submission to punches) World Extreme Fighting: Rumble at the Rodeo 1 December 16, 2000 1 N/A N/A
Win 1–1 Todd Carney KO (slam) WEF: New Blood Conflict August 26, 2000 1 2:21 N/A
Loss 0–1 John Swift Submission (rear-naked choke) Lionheart Invitational September 1, 1999 1 12:46 Georgia

Bare knuckle recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 0 wins 2 losses
By knockout 0 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–2 Johnny Bedford TKO (hand injury) Bare Knuckle FC 9 November 16, 2019 2 2:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 0–1 Michael McDonald TKO (Hand injury) BKFC 2: A New Era August 25, 2018 4 1:49 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Charles "Kid Khaos" Bennett wins first bout as a member of FIT/NHB fight team". FIT/NHB. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-17.[dead link]
  2. ^ Analyst (2011-03-15). "Charles 'Krazy Horse' Bennett: MMA Legend Discusses Past, Present and Future". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Stupp, Dann (2009-11-01). "The MMA Bad Boy: Charles Bennett wants you to meet a kinder, gentler "Kid Khaos"". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Alvarado, Francisco (2010-05-27). "Charles Bennett Is Called "Krazy Horse" Because He's 100 Percent Normal". Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2009-11-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Krazy Horse vs. Cristiano Marcello". 2008-09-28. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  7. ^ Analyst (2011-07-05). "Charles Bennett: "When I Got 22 Losses, I Realized That I Needed to Train"". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  8. ^ "MiddleEasy". MiddleEasy. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2014-01-30.

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