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Las Cruces, NM
United States

Standing Stance - Right
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MMA ID
103058
Old ID
980
Old URL
http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Joseph-Benavidez

San Antonio, TX
United States

Athlete Ranking
911
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885
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2703
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565
2270
265
478
209
336
65.69
29.90
1.45
0.60
33.69
0.40
3.45
2.54
1.07
63.34
Strengths
Conditioning, speed and training partners
Date of Birth
1984-07-31
Bio Facts

 

  • Won WEC Fight of the Night award in loss to Cruz (1st fight) and Submission of the Night for win over Torres

 

  • Nine wins by submission (5 guillotine, 1 RNC, 2 triangle, 1 kimura), eight by knockout

 

  • Submitted Junya Kudo in DREAM fight in Japan in 2008

 

  • Only pro losses have come to Johnson (twice), Dominick Cruz (twice) and Pettis.

 

  • Has won 16 of his last 19 and three in a row

 

  • Seven first round finishes
Fightmetric ID
911
Joseph Benavidez
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384
35
64.00
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65.00
36.00

TRAINING: Getting better every day.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I took up wrestling in high school and even a year in college. That was great experience for fighting. When I was done with wrestling I coached a little and still wanted to compete. I thought I would be good at MMA. I began fighting in small shows in Las Cruces, New Mexico mainly for fun, competition and a little money. I started dedicating lots of time to this, and it was all I wanted to do. I told myself I have to find a way to only do this for a living. I knew it was possible and I believed in my talents. I moved out to California, started training with Urijah (Faber) and it’s gone just how I wanted it to. Now my motivation, besides the obvious, is to never have a real job again.  

What ranks and titles have you held? None in MMA yet. State wrestling champion of New Mexico in 2000.

Do you have any heroes? My mom and grandma.

What is your favorite technique?  The schoolyard push, double uppercut and anything that makes people say wow and my opponent go ow!

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s a dream come true.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to college for one year and did some wrestling.

What was your job before you started fighting? A Screenprinter at GSI graphic services in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Event Results

  • Win

    Figueiredo vs Benavidez

    Round
    1
    Time
    04:48
    Method
    SUB
  • Win

    Benavidez vs Figueiredo

    Round
    2
    Time
    1:54
    Method
    KO/TKO
  • Win

    Formiga vs Benavidez

    Round
    2
    Time
    4:47
    Method
    KO/TKO