Gabriel Benitez

Moggly

Mexico

Finished after missing weight
FeatherweightUFC
February 19, 2022
Benitez lost to David Onama via KO (punches) at 4:24 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see the UFC cut ties with Benitez following the events of the past 36 hours. The 33-year-old missed weight by 2 pounds on Friday morning, resulting in this fight becoming a catchweight bout and Benitez forfeiting 30 percent of his purse to Onama in order for the fight to proceed. Benitez then appeared to have the bout won following a combination which appeared to severely damage the latter's eye, but Benitez was unable to close the show, and Onama roared back with countless power shots which eventually knocked Benitez out cold. In addition to the weight cutting issues, Benitez s now 1-4 in his past five fights dating back to August 2019, with three of those four defeats coming via knockout. Benitez's status with the company is a situation to monitor in the coming months.
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Fight allowed to go forward
FeatherweightUFC
February 18, 2022
Benitez's Saturday fight against David Onama will go forward as planned, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benitez missed weight by two pounds, but the bout will go forward at a catchweight. Benitez will forfeit 30 percent of his purse as a penalty.
Misses weight again
FeatherweightUFC
February 18, 2022
Benitez missed weight Friday for his scheduled Saturday bout against David Onama, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Benitez tipped the scales at 148 pounds, two pounds above the limit for non-title featherweight fights. It's his second time missing weight in the last three months, as he came in 4.5 pounds overweight for a scheduled matchup against Jonathan Pearce back in April. That fight wound up getting scrapped, but his matchup against Onama could potentially be allowed to go forward.
Added to Feb. 19 card
FeatherweightUFC
January 31, 2022
Benitez (undisclosed) will fight David Onama at a UFC event on Feb. 19, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland reports.
ANALYSIS
Benitez was previously expected to fight at UFC Vegas 46 on Jan. 15, but he was forced to withdraw due to health concerns. While the details of his condition are still unknown, it evidently won't prevent him from fighting within the next few weeks. Benitez is an ugly 1-3 over her last four bouts but still owns a 22-9 record in professional fights.
No longer fighting Saturday
FeatherweightUFC
January 12, 2022
Benitez withdrew from his upcoming featherweight bout with T.J. Brown (15-8-0) on Saturday at UFC Vegas 46, citing health concerns, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The promotion has already secured a replacement for Benitez on short notice, adding Charles Rosa to the card while having him face Brown at a catchweight of 155 pounds. It's unclear if Benitez is dealing with an injury or an illness, but he could look to return to the Octagon at some point in the next few months if the issue isn't overly severe.
Facing T.J. Brown
FeatherweightUFC
December 6, 2021
Benitez will take on T.J. Brown on Jan. 15, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Benitez has struggled recently, losing three of his last four fights. In his last trip to the Octagon back in July, he suffered a TKO defeat in the third round against Billy Quarantillo. Brown isn't in a great run of form, either, going 1-2 over his last three fights, though that lone victory came in his most recent match against Kai Kamaka in May.