Gabriel Benítez

Gabriel Benítez (born June 15, 1988) is a Mexican mixed martial artist. He was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1,[3] and he competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[1]

Gabriel Benítez
Born (1988-06-15) 15 June 1988 (age 33)
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Other namesMoggly
NationalityMexican
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)
DivisionFeatherweight
Reach71 in (180 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofTijuana, Baja California, Mexico[2]
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total31
Wins22
By knockout8
By submission10
By decision4
Losses9
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Benítez was born in Tijuana, Mexico and started training in mixed martial arts when he was 18 years old.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Benítez started his professional MMA career in 2007, making his debut in his home country Mexico and he amassed a record of 16-4 prior to signing with the UFC.[4]

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1Edit

Benítez was selected as one of the cast members for The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1 , UFC The Ultimate Fighter TV series,[3] under Team Cain Velasquez in April 2014.[5]

In elimination round, Benítez submitted Diego Rivas via rear-naked choke in round 2.[6] Benítez next faced Leonardo Morales in the semifinals and he lost by unanimous decision.[7][8]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Benítez made his promotional debut on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180 against Humberto Brown.[9] He won the first UFC win via guillotine choke in round 3.[10][11][12]

He next faced Clay Collard on June 13, 2015 at UFC 188. He won via unanimous decision with 30-27 across the board[13][14]

On his third appearance for UFC fight, Benítez took on Andre Fili on November 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Gastelum.[15] He lost the fight via KO in round one.[16][17][18]

On September 17, 2016, Benítez face Sam Sicilia at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson.[19] He defeated Sicilia via guillotine choke in round two.[20][21]

Benítez faced Enrique Barzola, the featherweight champion of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2, on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211.[22][23] After three rounds fight, the judges awarded the win to Barzola with 29-28 across the score board.[24][25]

Benítez faced Jason Knight on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 123.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

Benítez faced Humberto Bandenay on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[28] He won the fight via knockout due to a slam and punches just 39 seconds into the first round.[29] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[30]

Benítez faced Sodiq Yusuff on August 17, 2019 at UFC 241.[31] He lost the fight via knockout in round one.[32]

Benítez was expected to face Lerone Murphy on March 21, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[33] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed.[34]

Benítez faced Omar Morales on May 13, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira.[35] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[36]

Benítez was scheduled to face Justin Jaynes on November 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos.[37] The fight was canceled after Benítez tested positive for COVID-19. [38] The pairing was left intact and eventually took place on December 5, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 19.[39] He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[40] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[41]

Benitez was scheduled to face Jonathan Pearce on May 1, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 23.[42] However, weighing in over 4 pounds during weigh-in, the bout was cancelled.[43]

Benitez faced Billy Quarantillo, replacing Herbert Burns on July 17, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 26.[44] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.[45] This win earned him the Fight of the Night award.[46]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

    • Third best striking defense in UFC history (73.20%)[47]
    • Best striking defense in featherweight history (73.20%)
    • Best striking defense amongst active UFC fighters (73.20%)
    • Tenth highest rate of significant strikes landed per minute, in featherweight history (4.23)
    • Fifth best strike differential in featherweight history (1.63)[48]
  • Ultimate Warrior Challenge
    • Ultimate Warrior Challenge Featherweight Champion (One time)
  • Xtreme Kombat
    • Xtreme Kombat Featherweight Champion (One time) vs. Antonio Ramirez
  • Xtreme Fighters Latino
    • Xtreme Fighters Latino Featherweight Champion (One time) vs. Daniel Salas
  • Xplode Fight Series
    • Xplode Fight Series Featherweight Champion (One time) vs. Ryan Bixler

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
31 matches 22 wins 9 losses
By knockout 8 3
By submission 10 2
By decision 4 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–9 Billy Quarantillo TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Makhachev vs. Moisés July 17, 2021 3 3:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight bout. Fight of the Night.
Win 22–8 Justin Jaynes TKO (knee to the body and elbows) UFC on ESPN: Hermansson vs. Vettori December 5, 2020 1 4:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 21–8 Omar Morales Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira May 13, 2020 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States Return to Lightweight.
Loss 21–7 Sodiq Yusuff TKO (punches) UFC 241 August 17, 2019 1 4:14 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 21–6 Humberto Bandenay KO (slam) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 1 0:39 Santiago, Chile Performance of the Night.
Win 20–6 Jason Knight Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega December 9, 2017 3 5:00 Fresno, California, United States Knight was deducted one point in round 1 for biting Benítez's fingers.
Loss 19–6 Enrique Barzola Decision (unanimous) UFC 211 May 13, 2017 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 19–5 Sam Sicilia Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson September 17, 2016 2 1:20 Hidalgo, Texas, United States
Loss 18–5 Andre Fili KO (head kick and punches) The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum November 21, 2015 1 3:13 Monterrey, Mexico
Win 18–4 Clay Collard Decision (unanimous) UFC 188 June 13, 2015 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 17–4 Humberto Brown Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 180 November 15, 2014 3 0:30 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 16–4 Angelo Sanchez Decision (unanimous) Orthrus Promotions: Triple A MMA 5 May 29, 2014 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 15–4 Rey Trujillo TKO (punches) Fresquez Productions: Havoc December 6, 2013 2 3:25 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 14–4 Richard Villa Submission (heel hook) Jackson's MMA Series 11 August 10, 2013 1 0:52 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 14–3 Rigo Oropeza Submission (guillotine choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico 13 March 2, 2013 1 0:19 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 14–2 Antonio Ramirez KO (punches) Xtreme Kombat 17 September 21, 2012 1 1:48 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 13–2 Ryan Bixler TKO (punches) Xplode Fight Series: Hunted May 19, 2012 1 1:24 Valley Center, California, United States
Win 12–2 Jorge Lopez Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico 12 March 24, 2012 2 3:12 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 11–2 Daniel Salas Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Fighters Latino May 26, 2011 5 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico
Win 10–2 Raul Bellereza Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico 9 March 26, 2011 1 3:29 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 9–2 Manuel Ramos Gallareta Submission (kimura) Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico 5 November 28, 2010 1 1:03 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 8–2 Tito Castro TKO (punches) Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico 4 November 28, 2009 2 2:15 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 7–2 Shawn Major Submission (armbar) Ultimate Challenge Mexico 12 October 3, 2009 1 0:39 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 6–2 Shawn Major TKO (doctor stoppage) Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico 2 May 30, 2009 1 2:13 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 5–2 Kyle Olsen Submission (guillotine choke) Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico 1 February 28, 2009 1 1:24 Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 4–2 Yaotzin Meza Decision (unanimous) Noche de Gladiadores May 24, 2008 3 3:00 Hermosillo, Mexico
Win 4–1 Alan Mar Submission (guillotine choke) Ultimate Challenge Mexico 6 April 19, 2008 3 2:04 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 3–1 Dominic Gutierrez Submission (armbar) Tijuana Municipal Sports Institute: No Way Out April 19, 2008 1 2:31 Tijuana, Mexico
Loss 2–1 Emilio Chavez Decision (unanimous) Cage of Fire 10 November 24, 2007 3 5:00 Mexico
Win 2–0 Tomas Huerta KO (punches) Ultimate Challenge Mexico 4 November 10, 2007 1 0:00 Tijuana, Mexico
Win 1–0 Martin Perez Submission (armbar) Ultimate Challenge Mexico 2 July 28, 2007 2 0:00 Tijuana, Mexico

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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