Gabriel Benitez


Injury Foot
Est. Return 2/22/2020
Suffers possible foot fracture
August 19, 2019
Benitez has been suspended for 180 days due to a potential right foot fracture, Steven Marrocco of reports.
Benitez was unable to hold his own against Sadiq Yusuff at UFC 241, falling via TKO at just 4:14 of the first round. He may have picked up a pair of injuries along the way, though the foot issue appears to be the most severe. He will need to gain clearance from a physician if he wants to fight again before February of 2020.
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Can't hang with Sadiq Yusuff
August 17, 2019
Benitez lost to Sadiq Yusuff via TKO (punches) at 4:14 of Round 1 at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
Benitez went punch-for-punch against a very tough, talented opponent before one gigantic sweeping right hook from Yusuff connected with his jaw and ended the proceedings. Most everyone thought Benitez was giving up a significant amount of power to his opponent, but he actually looked pretty good in what was essentially a four-minute boxing match. Ultimately, it was his inability to successfully eat a punch that led to his demise. Benitez gained some fans in this one despite the setback. The loss snaps a brief two-fight win streak for "Moggly".
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. He'll enter as a big betting underdog against a Nigerian prospect that has rolled over his first two opponents int he UFC.
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.