Benito Lopez
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To fight Day at UFC Sacramento
May 14, 2019
Lopez will fight Martin Day in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13.
Lopez is 9-1 as a pro and 1-1 in UFC, most recently losing to Manny Bermudez via guillotine choke in Round 1. He managed just seven significant strikes in that contest prior to tapping out, resulting in a disappointing day for fantasy owners. It's not all a lost cause, however, as he recorded 78 significant strikes and one submission attempt in his debut fight against Albert Morales. Lopez will be taking on another relatively green fighter in Day, who has just one UFC fight -- a split-decision loss to Pinguyan Liu.
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Leaves his neck out
February 17, 2019
Lopez lost to Manny Bermudez via submission (D'arce choke) at 3:09 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
Lopez was looking to strike from distance in this fight. However, Bermudez had other plans. He closed the distance and went for a few guillotine chokes. Lopez was able to escape and scramble, but in the scramble he left himself open. Bermudez used the opportunity to lock in the fight ending d'arce choke. Lopez came into this fight with an undefeated record, but now he is 1-1 in the UFC and 9-1 overall.
Opponent comes in heavy
February 16, 2019
Lopez's scheduled bantamweight fight against Manny Bermudez will go on as planned despite Bermudez weighing in at 140 pounds -- four pounds over the bantamweight limit, reports.
Lopez will pick up 30 percent of his opponent's fight purse, but remains approximately a (+160) betting underdog for his second career UFC fight. The 24-year-old will enter the cage Sunday with a 9-0 professional record.
Sidelined 180 days pending medical clearance
December 14, 2017
Lopez received a 180-day medical suspension from the California State Athletic Commission following his UFC Fight Night win over Albert Morales on Saturday, reports.
Lopez outpointed Morales while utilizing the flying knee. He pushed the pace from the opening bell and continued moving forward throughout the remainder of the bout. While he didn't get the guillotine choke or big shots that he was looking for, Lopez was able to capture the win on the cards. He also sustained a possible nose fracture, which led the CSAC to give him 180 days off unless he's cleared earlier by a physician. Other fighters given long medical suspension pending clearance include Gabriel Benitez, Marlon Moraes, Scott Holtzman and Davi Ramos.
Makes his UFC debut with several flying knees
December 9, 2017
Lopez defeated Albert Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Fresno, Calif.
This fight starting out at a blistering pace. Lopez came out and threw several flying knees. One landed and dropped Morales to the ground. Lopez used the opportunity to jump into mount and attempt to finish the bout with a guillotine choke. He did not finish with the move, but it set the tone of the fight. For the rest of the fight, Lopez was pushing forward looking for big shots. He did not land that many, but he got the better of the exchanges and earned the decision. This was a great start to his UFC career, but he will need to continue to improve in order to make some noise in the bantamweight division.
Given UFC contract after DWTNC
August 23, 2017
Lopez defeated Steven Peterson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series. White extended contracts to two fighters including Sanchez following the event, Danny Segura of reports.
Lopez is a 23-year-old with a 7-0 professional record that includes five consecutive first-round finishes. The Team Alpha Male product had a three-inch reach advantage going into this fight and used it to keep Steven Peterson at bay. Both bantamweights were explosive in Round 1 with Lopez throwing multiple head kicks and flying knees. Round 2 started the same way but Peterson utilized his submission skills to take Benito to the mat and keep him there for over three minutes. It all came down to the final round. Both men looked beat but Sanchez was able to throw defensive jabs that kept Peterson out for a while but they ultimately spent much of the round in a clinch. The split decision ended in Sanchez's favor and he was offered a contract with the UFC as a result of his explosive performance.