Charles Bennett (fighter)

Charles Daniel Bennett (born November 23, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the featherweight division. He is also a bare-knuckle boxer who is currently signed to Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC).

Charles Bennett
Krazy Horse Bennett.jpg
Bennett in September 2016
Born (1979-11-23) November 23, 1979 (age 41)
Gainesville, Florida, United States
Other names"Felony"
"Kid Khaos"
"Krazy Horse"
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 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 submission23
By decision11
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Characterized by his unpredictable and explosive fighting style and persona,[2] Bennett has been a professional competitor since 1999, with time spent in PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rizin FF, EliteXC, King of the Cage, World Extreme Fighting, and ShoXC. Although he has never won a championship in MMA, Bennett has gained a considerable cult following among fans.[3]


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.[4][5][6]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Bennett made his professional debut when he was only 19 years old for a regional promotion in Atlanta, Georgia in September 1999, competing in the lightweight weight class, where he lost to John Swift via submission.[7] In his next bout a year later, he received his first professional win after he knocked out Todd Carney with a slam in the first round at the New Blood Conflict event for World Extreme Fighting.[8] In Bennett's second WEF bout, he lost to Rich Clementi after tapping out to strikes in the first round.[9] Bennett won his next two fights via strikes before making his King of the Cage debut at KOTC 10 against Duane Ludwig. Bennett lost after he submitted due to exhaustion in the second round.[10] Bennett then won 9 of his next 10 fights, including a win over former U.S. Marine Gerald Strebendt via submission due to strikes. His four-fight winning streak was snapped by future Pancrase Featherweight Champion Takumi Nakayama via submission.[5][6][11]

Pride Fighting Championship and King of the CageEdit

With a record of 12-5, Bennett signed with Japanese promotion Pride Fighting Championships, making his promotional debut against Takanori Gomi at Pride FC: Bushido 5 on October 14, 2004, in what was also Bennett's overseas debut. Bennett lost via kimura within the first round.[12] After a return to King of the Cage in which he achieved mixed results,[11] Bennett returned to Pride at Pride FC: Bushido 7 on May 22, 2005, defeating Yoshiro Maeda via knockout just under two minutes of the first round.[13]

Bennett made his next appearance for the promotion at Pride FC: Bushido 9 on September 25, losing a bout to Dokonjonosuke Mishima by submission in the first round.[14] After failing to capture the King of the Cage Bantamweight Championship fight against future WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber, Bennett fought at Pride FC: 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.[15][5][6]

After his bout with Kaneko, Bennett was involved in a backstage altercation with Cristiano Marcello, member of Chute Boxe Academy. In a video posted on Chute Boxe's official website, Bennett is seen attacking Marcello.[16] 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.[17]

Bennett made his last appearance for the organization in at Pride FC: Bushido 11 on June 4, 2006 against Tatsuya Kawajiri. Bennett lost the bout via kneebar submission in the first round.[18] He held a record of 2-3 with the promotion.[5][6]


Bennett made his debut for EliteXC, at the company's inaugural event EliteXC: Destiny on February 10, 2007 against KJ Noons. Bennett defeated Noons via knockout in an upset.[19]

Later career and other venturesEdit

In 2004, Bennett, along with fighters Din Thomas and Aaron Riley, appeared in the Chris Fuller film Loren Cass.[20]

Bennett showed up at the tryouts for The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck in September 2010, but did not make it to the final cast.[21]

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.[11]

In September 2016, Bennett made an appearance for Rizin Fighting Federation, competing in the featherweight division, defeating Minoru Kimura by technical knockout in 7 seconds of the first round at the Rizin World Grand Prix 2016: 1st Round.[22]

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.[23]

Legal troublesEdit

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.[6]

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.[5][6]

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.[6][24]

Personal lifeEdit

Bennett is divorced and has two kids.[6]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
73 matches 30 wins 41 losses
By knockout 21 7
By submission 6 23
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
3 matches 0 wins 3 losses
By knockout 0 2
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–3 Tyler Goodjohn Decision (unanimous) Bare Knuckle FC 15 December 11, 2020 5 2:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
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


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  20. ^ Robert Koehler (June 13, 2007). "Review: 'Loren Cass'". Variety.
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