José Felipe Beltran (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.
|Born||José Felipe Beltran|
December 8, 1981
Oceanside, California, United States
|Other names||The Mexicutioner|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||236 lb (107 kg; 17 st)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Carlsbad, California, United States|
|Team||North County Fight Club / Blackline Fight Group (2006–2012) |
Alliance MMA (2010–2017)
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Beltran was born in Oceanside, California and raised in Carlsbad, California by a single mother. 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.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
In his next appearance, under the King of the Cage banner, Beltran defeated Wes Combs via TKO only 25 seconds into the fight.
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. 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 then fought highly regarded kickboxer Pat Barry at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 on January 22, 2011, in Fort Hood, Texas. 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. However, after Herman was shuffled to the main card, Beltran instead faced another UFC newcomer in Aaron Rosa. After a back-and-forth first two rounds, Beltran defeated Rosa via TKO in the third round.
Beltran faced former Strikeforce heavyweight Lavar Johnson on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis, 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.
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. 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. However, Perosh was forced from the bout with a toe injury and replaced by Igor Pokrajac. 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.
Returning from his suspension, Beltran faced Fábio Maldonado on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29 in Maldonado's home-country of Brazil. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. He was subsequently released from the promotion.
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. 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, his first submission win since 2007.
Having already essentially retired after his latest fight, Beltran was lured to face Sergei Kharitonov at Russian Cagefighting Championship 1 on February 25, 2018. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship
- BKFC World Heavyweight Champion (one time)
- Two successful title defenses
- Police Gazette World Heavyweight Champion (one time)
- BKFC World Heavyweight Champion (one time)
- 5150 Combat League / Xtreme Fighting League
- 5150 Combat League Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|34 matches||18 wins||15 losses|
|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|
|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|
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