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David Beneteau (born June 22, 1967) is a Canadian former mixed martial artist and freestyle wrestler who is best known for his appearances in Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 5, 6, 15 and, Ultimate Ultimate 1995.[1]

Dave Beneteau
Born (1967-06-22) June 22, 1967 (age 52)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Other namesDangerous
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission3
By decision1
By knockout1
By submission4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Toward the end of his mixed martial arts career, Beneteau also performed professional wrestling matches for New Japan Pro-Wrestling and other promotions in Japan and Canada.

'Dangerous' Dave Beneteau retired from mixed martial arts to attend law school in 2002. He was admitted to the bar in 2003 and practiced primarily as a criminal defense lawyer under the tutelage of renowned Toronto defence lawyer, John Rosen, until 2007. In 2015, Beneteau earned a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and is now a General Counsel for Movati Athletics in the Greater Toronto Area.


Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Beneteau debuted in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at its UFC 5 event in April 1995. He was billed as an amateur wrestler, although he also had extensive experience and success in judo.[2] He finished his first opponent, wing chung practitioner Asbel Cancio, in 21 seconds, needing just a takedown and a flurry of quick ground and pound to do so. Beneteau then faced Jeet Kune Do expert Todd Medina and defeated him in very much the same way, and then reached the finals, where he was pitted against wrestling champion and future hall-of-famer Dan Severn. The fight was hard-fought but short, with Severn tripping Beneteau down from the clinch and locking a keylock for the win.[3]

Dave returned in UFC 6, where he faced former Russian sambo and judo champion Oleg Taktarov in the first round. Beneteau initiated the match with heavy punches and an early takedown, but Taktarov caught Beneteau in a guillotine choke for the win.[4] Beneteau's dynamic style and skill earned him passage to one of the UFC's first tournament of champions, the Ultimate Ultimate 1995, which granted him aa highly anticipated rematch against Taktarov. Beneteau lost again by way of an inverted rolling ankle lock.[5]

Beneteau made his final UFC appearance in 1997, where he faced the famed Carlson Gracie apprentice and world heavyweight Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Carlos Barreto. The latter was a heavy favorite entering the bout with a 7-0 vale tudo record which included notable wins over Kevin Randleman and Dan Bobish. Accordingly, Beneteau was in heavy danger at the beginning of the fight, as Barreto took his back and landed strikes to the back of his head while pursuing a rear naked choke, but the American managed to escape and returned the favor via ground and pound against the fence. Due to this, Barreto changed his strategy and hit Beneteau with punches and kicks, to which Beneteau executed a takedown and worked with heavy hands on the Brazilian's guard. After several strikes scored, Beneteau was declared the winner by the judges's decision.[6]

Professional WrestlingEdit

While training with Dan Severn in Coldwater, Michigan, during a meeting in Severn's office New Japan Pro-Wrestling called looking to book Severn for a tournament in Osaka. Since Severn was already booked that weekend, he suggested Beneteau could do the booking for him. Beneteau agreed and Severn trained him in the basics of pro wrestling so that he could perform for New Japan.[7] Beneteau then began to work with Don Frye and Brian Johnson in New Japan under the Club 245 stable which was named after the State of California criminal code for assault and bodily harm. Dave participated in a lot of tag team matches with Frye and even had singles matches with Yuji Nagata, Yoji Anjo, & Naoya Ogawa.

Beneteau also did some work with Scott D'Amore's Border City Wrestling[8] and Antonio Inoki's Universal Fighting Arts Organization (UFO).[9][10]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

    • Canadian Juvenile Freestyle Wrestling Champion, 1984
    • Canadian Juvenile Freestyle Wrestling Champion, 1985
    • Canadian Junior Freestyle Wrestling Champion, 1986
    • United States Junior Freestyle Wrestling, Bronze Medalist, 1986
    • Canadian Junior Freestyle Wrestling Champion, 1987
    • United States Junior Freestyle Wrestling Champion, 1987

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
12 matches 6 wins 5 losses
By knockout 2 1
By submission 3 4
By decision 1 0
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–5–1 Tim Catalfo Submission (choke) KOTC 9 - Showtime June 23, 2001 1 0:25 San Jacinto, California, US
Win 6–4–1 Joe Campanella Submission (keylock) UCC 2: The Moment of Truth August 12, 2000 1 1:06 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Draw 5–4–1 Elvis Sinosic Draw UCC 1: The New Beginning June 2, 2000 2 10:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 5–4 Carlos Barreto Decision UFC 15 October 17, 1997 1 15:00 Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, US
Win 4–4 Patrick Smith Submission (punches) U - Japan November 17, 1996 1 1:09 Sapporo, Japan
Loss 3–4 Dan Bobish TKO (cut) Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 October 22, 1996 1 4:44 Brazil UVTP 4 Tournament Semifinals
Win 3–3 Egidio Amaro da Costa Submission (keylock) Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 October 22, 1996 1 2:36 Brazil UVTF 4 Tournament First Round
Loss 2–3 Oleg Taktarov Submission (Achilles hold) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 December 16, 1995 1 1:15 Denver, Colorado, US Ultimate Ultimate 1995 First Round
Loss 2–2 Oleg Taktarov Submission (front choke) UFC 6 July 14, 1995 1 0:57 Casper, Wyoming, US UFC 6 Tournament First Round
Loss 2–1 Dan Severn Submission (keylock) UFC 5 April 7, 1995 1 3:01 Charlotte, North Carolina, US UFC 5 Tournament Finals
Win 2–0 Todd Medina TKO (punches) UFC 5 April 7, 1995 1 2:12 Charlotte, North Carolina, US UFC 5 Tournament Semifinals
Win 1–0 Asbel Cancio TKO (strikes) UFC 5 April 7, 1995 1 0:21 Charlotte, North Carolina, US UFC 5 Tournament Reserve Fight



  1. ^ "Dave Beneteau "Dangerous" (6-5-1) Official Mixed Martial Arts Record". Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  2. ^ Tad Friend, Getting Medieval, February 1995, New York Magazine
  3. ^ Scott Newman (2005-06-14). "MMA Review: #54: UFC 5: Return of the Beast". The Oratory. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  4. ^ Scott Newman (2005-06-16). "MMA Review: #55: UFC 6: Clash of the Titans". The Oratory. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  5. ^ Scott Newman (2007-06-08). "MMA Review: #130: UFC: Ultimate Ultimate". The Oratory. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  6. ^ Scott Newman (2006-03-28). "MMA Review: #81: UFC 15: Collision Course". The Oratory. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  7. ^ WinCity Sports Podcast Episode 139 - April 4, 2019|
  8. ^ Border City Wrestling History 1992-1998|
  9. ^ Dave Beneteau Pro Wrestling History|
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Dave". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-12-20.

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