Joey Beltran

José Felipe Beltran[1] (born December 9, 1981) is an American bare-knuckle fighter and mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, he has competed for the UFC, Bellator, Strikeforce, and King of the Cage. He currently competes in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship where he is the former BKFC World Heavyweight Champion.

Joey Beltran
BornJosé Felipe Beltran[1]
(1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 40)
Oceanside, California, United States
Other namesThe Mexicutioner
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight236 lb (107 kg; 17 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Fighting out ofCarlsbad, California, United States
TeamNorth County Fight Club / Blackline Fight Group (2006–2012)[2]
Alliance MMA (2010–2017)[3][4]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout12
By submission2
By decision4
By knockout5
By submission1
By decision9
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Beltran was born in Oceanside, California and raised in Carlsbad, California by a single mother.[citation needed] Beltran began boxing when he was 10 years old, and also was involved in street fighting from a young age. Beltran also began wrestling in middle school and was talented, but was initially not allowed to compete outside of practice because of poor grades. Beltran continued wrestling at Carlsbad High School during his sophomore year and picked up his grades, going on to compete on the varsity team as a Heavyweight for all three years and also became involved in Greco-Roman Wrestling. Beltran originally attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa before dropping out and then being introduced to mixed martial arts. Beltran moved back to California, attending Palomar College and continuing with mixed martial arts. When he began training, Beltran weighed 300 lbs.[5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Beltran made his professional debut on February 10, 2007 at Strikeforce: Young Guns and lost via unanimous decision. He went on to compile a record of 6–2 before being signed by Bellator.[6]


Beltran made his Bellator debut at Bellator 5 on May 1, 2009 against former UFC fighter Sherman Pendergarst. Beltran won the fight in the first round via TKO.

In his next appearance, under the King of the Cage banner, Beltran defeated Wes Combs via TKO only 25 seconds into the fight.

Beltran picked up another TKO win over another UFC veteran, Houston Alexander, before being signed by the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Beltran made his UFC debut at UFC 109 against Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Rolles Gracie. Beltran was stepping in as a last minute replacement for Gracie's original opponent, Mostapha Al-turk.[7] Beltran upset the fatigued Gracie and was victorious via a second round TKO.

Beltran returned to action on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113. He was originally set to fight Chad Corvin, but after Corvin's paperwork was not approved by the Quebec Athletic Commission he was pulled from the card and replaced by Tim Hague. Beltran defeated Hague after three rounds, taking the unanimous decision (30–27, 30–26, and 29–28).

Beltran next faced Matt Mitrione on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119.[8] Beltran fought and lost to Mitrione via unanimous decision. Even though he lost, he still earned Fight of the Night honors.

Beltran then fought highly regarded kickboxer Pat Barry at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 on January 22, 2011, in Fort Hood, Texas.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. During the fight, Beltran received a high volume of leg kicks from Barry, a former K-1 kickboxing competitor, yet only collapsed at the end of the final round. Barry has since expressed his bewilderment at the level of punishment that Beltran was able to absorb.

Beltran was expected to face promotional newcomer Dave Herman on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131.[10] However, after Herman was shuffled to the main card, Beltran instead faced another UFC newcomer in Aaron Rosa.[11] After a back-and-forth first two rounds, Beltran defeated Rosa via TKO in the third round.

Beltran fought Stipe Miocic on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136, losing via unanimous decision.[12]

Beltran faced former Strikeforce heavyweight Lavar Johnson on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis,[13] where he was knocked out for the first time in his career in the first round. Following the loss, Beltran was released from the promotion.[14]


After being released, Beltran announced that he would be dropping down to compete in the Light heavyweight division. He officially made his Light heavyweight debut on April 28, 2012 at C3 Fights in Oklahoma, where he defeated Anton Talamantes via unanimous decision.

Return to the UFCEdit

Beltran made his return to the UFC replacing Brandon Vera against Australian James Te Huna on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 4.[15] Although Beltran lost via unanimous decision, the back and forth bout earned Fight of the Night honors.

Beltran was expected to face Anthony Perosh on December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6.[16] However, Perosh was forced from the bout with a toe injury and replaced by Igor Pokrajac.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision. On January 10, 2013, it was announced that Beltran had failed his post fight drug test, testing positive for nandrolone. Beltran was subsequently suspended for 9 months, retroactive to December 14, 2012. His win over Pokrajac was changed to a No Contest.[18]

Returning from his suspension, Beltran faced Fábio Maldonado on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29 in Maldonado's home-country of Brazil.[19] He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. He was subsequently released from the promotion.[20]

Return to BellatorEdit

On October 30, 2013, it was announced that Beltran had signed with Bellator MMA. He faced former UFC Light heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on November 15, 2013 in the main event at Bellator 108.[21] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. Beltran faced Vladimir Matyushenko at Bellator 116 on April 11, 2014, winning by third round submission,[22] his first submission win since 2007.

Beltran challenged Emanuel Newton for the Bellator Light heavyweight Championship at Bellator 124 on September 12, 2014.[23] He lost the fight via knockout in the third round.

Beltran made his Middleweight debut against Brian Rogers on April 10, 2015 at Bellator 136.[24] He won the fight by majority decision.

Beltran next faced Kendall Grove at Bellator 143 on September 25, 2015. He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.

On September 21, 2016, it was announced that Beltran would be facing Alessio Sakara in the co-main event of Bellator 168 on December 10, 2016.[25] He lost via knockout in the first round.


Having already essentially retired after his latest fight, Beltran was lured to face Sergei Kharitonov at Russian Cagefighting Championship 1 on February 25, 2018.[4] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

He would take yet another fight in the Russian circuit against Dmitry Tebekin at S-70 event on August 14, 2019, winning the fight via unanimous decision.

Bare knuckle boxingEdit

After having problems with getting fights in the regional circuit, an opportunity presented itself to compete in bare knuckle boxing.[4] In his debut Beltran faced Tony Lopez - who he had previously lost to in an MMA bout in 2009 - at a Bare Knuckle FC event held on June 2, 2018. He won the brutal back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

BKFC World Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

At BKFC 9 Beltran won a unanimous decision victory over Chase Sherman, becoming the BKFC World Heavyweight Champion, as well as the National Police Gazette American Heavyweight Champion.

On October 10, 2020, Beltran became the first man to defend the BKFC World Heavyweight title by defeating former University of Alabama football linebacker Marcel Stamps via fourth round TKO.[27] The outcome of this bout also resulted in Beltran retaining the Police Gazette Heavyweight World Championship, a title that had not been in the ring since 1899.[28]

Beltran’s second defense of the BKFC World Heavyweight Championship at BKFC 18 was against Sam Shewmaker.[29] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[30]

Beltran’s next defense of the BKFC World Heavyweight Championship was against former BKFC World Heavyweight Champion Arnold Adams at BKFC Fight Night: New York. He lost by unanimous decision, ending his reign as champion.[31]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
34 matches 18 wins 15 losses
By knockout 12 5
By submission 2 1
By decision 4 9
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–15 (1) Dmitry Tebekin Decision (unanimous) S-70: Plotforma Cup 2019 August 14, 2019 3 5:00 Sochi, Russia Light Heavyweight bout.
Loss 17–15 (1) Sergei Kharitonov Decision (unanimous) Russian Cagefighting Championship February 25, 2018 3 5:00 Yekaterinburg, Russia Heavyweight bout.
Loss 17–14 (1) Alessio Sakara KO (punches) Bellator 168 December 10, 2016 1 1:20 Florence, Italy Light Heavyweight bout.
Loss 17–13 (1) Chase Gormley Decision (split) Bellator 155 May 20, 2016 3 5:00 Boise, Idaho, United States Heavyweight bout.
Win 17–12 (1) Lamont Stafford TKO (punches) C3 Fights: Beltran vs Stafford December 5, 2015 1 4:14 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Loss 16–12 (1) Kendall Grove TKO (punches) Bellator 143 September 25, 2015 3 2:27 Hidalgo, Texas, United States
Win 16–11 (1) Brian Rogers Decision (majority) Bellator 136 April 10, 2015 3 5:00 Irvine, California, United States Middleweight debut.
Loss 15–11 (1) Emanuel Newton KO (spinning back fist) Bellator 124 September 12, 2014 3 3:07 Plymouth Township, Michigan, United States For the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.
Win 15–10 (1) Vladimir Matyushenko Submission (north-south choke) Bellator 116 April 11, 2014 3 3:06 Temecula, California, United States
Loss 14–10 (1) Quinton Jackson KO (punches) Bellator 108 November 15, 2013 1 4:59 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Catchweight (210) lbs bout.
Loss 14–9 (1) Fábio Maldonado Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields October 9, 2013 3 5:00 Barueri, Brazil
NC 14–8 (1) Igor Pokrajac NC (overturned) UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson December 15, 2012 3 5:00 Gold Coast, Australia Originally unanimous decision win; Overturned as Beltran tested positive for nandrolone.
Loss 14–8 James Te Huna Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman July 11, 2012 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 14–7 Anton Talamantes Decision (unanimous) C3 Fights April 28, 2012 3 5:00 Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Loss 13–7 Lavar Johnson KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis January 28, 2012 1 4:24 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 13–6 Stipe Miocic Decision (unanimous) UFC 136 October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 13–5 Aaron Rosa TKO (punches) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 3 1:26 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 12–5 Pat Barry Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 January 22, 2011 3 5:00 Fort Hood, Texas, United States
Loss 12–4 Matt Mitrione Decision (unanimous) UFC 119 September 25, 2010 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–3 Tim Hague Decision (unanimous) UFC 113 May 8, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 11–3 Rolles Gracie Jr. TKO (punches) UFC 109 February 6, 2010 2 1:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–3 Houston Alexander TKO (punches) 5150 Combat League / Xtreme Fighting League: New Year's Revolution January 16, 2010 2 3:49 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Won the 5150 Combat League Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 9–3 Tony Lopez Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Distorted October 1, 2009 5 5:00 Highland, California, United States For the King of the Cage Heavyweight Championship.
Win 9–2 Tracy Willis TKO (punches and elbows) 5150 Combat League: Rumble at the Rally June 27, 2009 1 3:33 Sparks, Oklahoma, United States
Win 8–2 Wes Combs TKO (punches) KOTC: Legends June 6, 2009 1 0:25 Winterhaven, California, United States
Win 7–2 Sherman Pendergarst TKO (punches) Bellator 5 May 1, 2009 1 2:24 Dayton, Ohio, United States
Win 6–2 Jacob Browy TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: Warriors February 4, 2009 1 1:20 Pauma Valley, California, United States
Win 5–2 Wes Fenton TKO (punches) Total Combat 32 October 2, 2008 1 2:15 El Cajon, California, United States
Loss 4–2 Tony Lopez Submission (kimura) KOTC: Opposing Force May 15, 2008 1 3:15 Highland, California, United States
Win 4–1 Phil Friedman TKO (punches) Total Combat 28 April 26, 2008 1 0:50 San Diego, California, United States
Win 3–1 Ray Seraile TKO (punches) TC 25: Fight Club December 15, 2007 2 0:56 San Diego, California, United States
Win 2–1 Tony Velarde Submission (kimura) Total Combat 21 June 8, 2007 1 2:35 San Diego, California, United States
Win 1–1 Paul Ingrassia TKO (punches) Total Combat 20 April 13, 2007 1 2:54 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 0–1 Yohan Banks Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Young Guns February 10, 2007 3 3:00 San Jose, California, United States

Bare knuckle recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
9 matches 5 wins 3 losses
By knockout 2 2
By decision 3 1
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 5–3–1 Frank Tate KO (punches) BKFC Fight Night: Ft. Lauderdale April 21, 2022 1 0:23 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Loss 5–2–1 Arnold Adams Decision (unanimous) BKFC Fight Night: New York November 6, 2021 5 2:00 Salamanca, New York, United States Lost the BKFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 5–1–1 Sam Shewmaker Decision (unanimous) BKFC 18: Beltran vs. Shewmaker June 26, 2021 5 2:00 Miami, Florida, United States Defended the BKFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 4–1–1 Marcel Stamps KO (punches) BKFC 13: Beltran vs. Stamps October 10, 2020 4 1:55 Salina, Kansas, United States Defended the BKFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–1–1 Chase Sherman Decision (unanimous) BKFC 9: Lobov vs. Knight 2 November 16, 2019 5 2:00 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Won the BKFC Heavyweight Championship & Police Gazette Heavyweight American Championship.
Win 2–1–1 Jamie Campbell TKO (punches) BKFC 6: Malignaggi vs. Lobov June 22, 2019 2 1:50 Tampa, Florida, United States
Draw 1–1–1 Tony Lopez Draw (split) BKFC 4: USA vs. Mexico February 2, 2019 5 2:00 Cancun, Mexico
Loss 1–1 Arnold Adams TKO (doctor stoppage) BKFC 2: A New Era August 25, 2018 4 0:09 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 1–0 Tony Lopez Decision (unanimous) BKFC 1: The Beginning June 2, 2018 5 2:00 Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Bellator 168: Joey Beltran Q&A". December 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Bare Knuckle Fighting" (Podcast). March 13, 2019.
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  8. ^ "Beltran vs. Mitrione in the works for UFC 117 in Oakland". Archived from the original on May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  9. ^ "Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran On Tap For UFC Fight For The Troops Show". November 4, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  10. ^ "Joey Beltran vs. Dave Herman added to UFC 131 in Vancouver". March 31, 2011. Archived from the original on April 4, 2011.
  11. ^ "Einemo gets Herman, Beltran draws Strikeforce vet Rosa at UFC 131". Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
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  13. ^ "Strikeforce import Lavar Johnson meets Joey Beltran at UFC on FOX 2". December 20, 2011. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
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  17. ^ "Igor Pokrajac replaces injured Anthony Perosh, meets Joey Beltran at UFC on FX 6". November 13, 2012. Archived from the original on November 18, 2012.
  18. ^ "Rousimar Palhares and Joey Beltran fail UFC on FX 6 drug tests, each suspended nine months". January 10, 2012.
  19. ^ Guilherme Cruz (August 15, 2013). "Joey Beltran meets Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night 29". Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  20. ^ "Joey Beltran Released".
  21. ^ "'Rampage' Jackson vs. Joey Beltran headlines Bellator 108 on Nov. 15". October 30, 2013.
  22. ^ "Bellator 116 results and gif". April 11, 2014.
  23. ^ "Emanuel Newton vs. Joey Beltran title fight headlines Bellator 124". August 5, 2014.
  24. ^ Staff (March 5, 2015). "Bellator 136 gets five new fights, including Held vs. Sarnavskiy, Beltran vs. Rogers".
  25. ^ "Joey Beltran vs. Alessio Sakara headlines Bellator 167 in Italy". September 21, 2016.
  26. ^ "Sergei Kharitonov decisions Joey Beltran at RCC event". February 25, 2018.
  27. ^ Taylor, Christopher (October 11, 2020). "BKFC 13 Results: Joey Beltran TKO's Marcel Stamps (Photo) |". | Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  28. ^ "Police Gazette News – National Police Gazette". Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  29. ^ "Hector Lombard vs. Joe Riggs set for BKFC 18 in June; Thiago Alves, Joey Beltran also on card". MMA Junkie. May 1, 2021. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
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