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).
Bennett in September 2016
|Born||November 23, 1979|
Gainesville, Florida, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||146 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Fighting out of||Ocala, Florida, United States|
|Team||FIT/NHB (2008–2013) |
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Characterized by his unpredictable and explosive fighting style and persona, 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.
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.
Mixed martial arts 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. 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. In Bennett's second WEF bout, he lost to Rich Clementi after tapping out to strikes in the first round. 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. 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.
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. After a return to King of the Cage in which he achieved mixed results, 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.
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. 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.
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. 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 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. He held a record of 2-3 with the promotion.
Later career and other venturesEdit
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 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.
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.
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.
Bennett is divorced and has two kids.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|73 matches||30 wins||41 losses|
|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|
|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|
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