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Joseph Benavidez

#2 Flyweight Division • 28-7-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 8
    Wins by Knockout
  • 9
    Wins by Submission
  • 11
    Wins by Decision
Striking accuracy 34% 34%

Striking accuracy

Sig. Strikes Landed
1039
Sig. Strikes Attempted
3084
Grappling accuracy 30% 30%

Grappling accuracy

Takedowns Landed
16
Takedowns Attempted
97
3.45
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
2.54
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
1.45
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
0.60
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
63
%
Sig. Str. Defense
66
%
Takedown Defense
0.40
Knockdown Ratio
12:02
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

Standing
826 (79%)
Clinch
122 (12%)
Ground
91 (9%)

Sig. Str. by target

54% 565 Head 26% 265 Body 20% 209 Leg

Win By Way

KO/TKO
8 (29%)
DEC
11 (39%)
SUB
9 (32%)

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

Biography

Status
Active
Hometown
San Antonio, United States
Trains at
Team Alpha Male (Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness)
Fighting style
Jiu-Jitsu
Age
35
Height
64.00
Weight
126.00
Octagon Debut
Mar. 20, 2011
Reach
65.00
Leg reach
36.00
Q & A

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!

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.

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