Gabriel Benítez (born June 15, 1988) is a Mexican mixed martial artist. He was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1, and he competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
|Born||15 June 1988|
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb; 11 st 0 lb)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Benítez was born in Tijuana, Mexico and started training in mixed martial arts when he was 18 years old.
Mixed martial arts 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.
The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1Edit
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Benítez faced Enrique Barzola, the featherweight champion of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2, on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211. After three rounds fight, the judges awarded the win to Barzola with 29-28 across the score board.
Benítez faced Humberto Bandenay on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129. He won the fight via knockout due to a slam and punches just 39 seconds into the first round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.
Benítez was scheduled to face Justin Jaynes on November 14, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos. The fight was canceled after Benítez tested positive for COVID-19.  The pairing was left intact and eventually took place on December 5, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 19. He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round. This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Benitez faced Billy Quarantillo, replacing Herbert Burns on July 17, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 26. He lost the fight via technical knockout in round three. This win earned him the Fight of the Night award.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Third best striking defense in UFC history (73.20%)
- 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)
- 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|
|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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Myles Jury 73.4%, Gabriel Benitez 73.2%, Georges St-Pierre 73.1%
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