Benito Lopez
Golden Boy

USA

Bounces back from first career loss
BantamweightUFC
July 13, 2019
Lopez defeated Vince Morales via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
It was another lackluster performance from the 25-year-old Lopez, and one in which he was fortunate to emerge victorious. The Team Alpha male product has struggled to damage his opposition with strikes in the early portion of his UFC career and Saturday was no different. Lopez has a great frame (5-foot-10) for the bantamweight division and he moves fairly well, but sooner or later you have to display some stopping power with your hands, and Lopez is struggling in that area. He could have very easily dropped this decision. A product of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contenders Series, Lopez has alternated wins and losses in his first three official bouts with the company.
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Gets new opponent for Sacramento
BantamweightUFC
June 24, 2019
Lopez will now fight Vince Morales at UFC Sacramento on July 13, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lopez had been set to square off against Martin Day, but Day was forced to withdraw due to knee surgery. Lopez, who owns a 1-1 record with the UFC, will wind up swapping one inexperienced fighter for another, as Morales has a 1-1 record as well. Lopez is a younger fighter that will enter with three-inch advantages in both height and reach. "Golden Boy" was choked out in the first round by Manny Bermudez in his most recent fight, following up a victory against Alberto Morales in which he landed 78 significant strikes. The two combatants have four combined UFC fights, and Lopez's loss to Bermudez is the only one that hasn't gone to the judges.
To fight Day at UFC Sacramento
BantamweightUFC
May 14, 2019
Lopez will fight Martin Day in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13.
ANALYSIS
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.
Leaves his neck out
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
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, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
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, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.