Gabriel Benitez
Added to UFC 241
June 10, 2019
Benitez will fight Sodiq Yusuff in a featherweight matchup at UFC 241 on August 17 in Anaheim.
Coming off a resounding victory against Humberto Bandenay, Benitez will look to break Yusuff's four-fight winning streak. Benitez has performed exceptionally in back-to-back fights, and will now seek three consecutive victories for the first time since signing with the UFC in 2014.
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Needs less than a minute to finish Humberto Bandenay at UFC Chile
May 19, 2018
Benitez defeated Humberto Bandenay via KO (slam) at 0:39 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.
Benitez came looking for a violent finish, and he got it. He dropped his opponent with his first exchange. He began to land strikes from the top and got caught in an armbar. However, he used the opportunity to pick up Bandenay and slam him for the finish. Benitez has now looked great in back-to-back fights. This might end up being a career moment. Many fighters go their entire careers before scoring a finish like this one. Not surprisingly, the finish earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
To fight Humberto Bandenay at UFC Chile
April 11, 2018
Benitez is set to face off against Humberto Bandenay at UFC Chile in Movistar Arena on May 19, Danny Segura of reports.
Benitez most recently secured a unanimous decision victory over Jason Knight back in December, and is 4-2 in the UFC, as well as 20-6 in MMA. His opponent, Bandenay, gained a victory in his first UFC fight in August when he knocked out Martin Bravo in 26 seconds. He hasn't fought since then, however, as a result of a wrist injury and visa issues.
Receives extended medical suspension
December 14, 2017
Benitez was given a 180-day medical suspension by the California State Athletic Commission following his UFC Fight Night win over Jason Knight, reports.
Benitez took home one of the biggest wins of his career this weekend, defeating Knight via unanimous decision. Using his swift footwork and strategic counters, he was able to stop Knight's aggressive forward progress while slipping punches. However, in the back and forth, Benitez suffered a couple possible injuries that have led to the long medical suspension by the CSAC. He will have to sit out for 180 days unless cleared earlier by a physician. Other fighters to received similar suspensions pending clearance include Marlon Moraes, Scott Holtzman, Benito Lopez and Davi Ramos.
Upsets Jason Knight in the co-main event of UFC Fresno
December 9, 2017
Benitez defeated Jason Knight via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Fresno, Calif.
Benitez had perhaps the best fight of his career in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 123. Knight came out with a lot of aggression as he always does. However, Benitez was able to use his footwork and counters to stop Knight's progress. From there, he was dominating the fight. He landed liberally against Knight and forced his opponent to miss strike after strike. It was a masterful striking performance for Benitez, and it was the kind of performance that shows he is improving in his career. Since competing on the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America" Benitez has gone 4-2 in the UFC.
To take on Jason Knight at UFC Fresno
November 9, 2017
Benitez will face Jason Knight in a featherweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 123 on December 9 in Fresno, Danny Segura of reports.
Benitez (19-7) has been a little spotty in his UFC career and dropped his last outing to Enrique Barzola in May. His career shows 10 submission wins, two of which were scored during his time with promotion using the guillotine choke. However, he has yet to land a takedown with the promotion. He'll be facing another mat specialist in Knight this time around, so his takedown defense, which has been lackluster, will have to be at full strength.