Benoit Saint-Denis

God of War

France

Winning streak snapped at five
LightweightUFC
March 9, 2024
Saint-Denis lost to Dustin Poirier via KO (punches) at 2:32 of Round 2 at UFC 299 on Saturday in Miami.
ANALYSIS
Having swelled to a -220 favorite by the time the fight went off, Saint-Denis put forth another excellent effort and was the better man most of this bout. Fighting at his usual break-neck pace, BSD was constantly pressuring Poirier, landing three takedowns and racking up 4:53 worth of control time in the brief fight. He had Poirier's back early in Round 2 and appeared to be in position to earn the stoppage, but Dustin worked his way back to his feet and eventually landed a couple massive blows which put Saint-Denis away. He may have lost here, but BSD is legit. He's going to continue to make life miserable for his opposition with the belief that they will break before he will, and in most instances, it will be true. It just didn't work out that way tonight. On the bright side, he'll earn a $50,000 bonus after this back-and-forth affair was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
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Poirier fight scheduled
LightweightUFC
February 1, 2024
Saint-Denis is scheduled to compete against Dustin Poirier at UFC 299, per Nolan King of USA Today.
ANALYSIS
According to Poirier, he could not get a hold of his manager for a few days, which resulted in a miscommunication that ultimately led the top-five lightweight to believe he was not competing against Saint-Denis. Apparently, that is not the case after all, giving Saint-Denis a coveted opportunity to leapfrog much of his competition in the UFC's lightweight rankings.
Poirier fight not scheduled
LightweightUFC
February 1, 2024
Saint-Denis is not fighting Dustin Poirier at UFC 299, according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com.
ANALYSIS
According to Poirier, he and Saint-Denis never logged a contractual agreement for the fight despite UFC CEO Dana White's announcement for said bout. It seemed they were negotiating for a bout, which ultimately fell apart as all parties involved reportedly failed to come to terms. So for now, Saint-Denis will not get an immediate shot to boost himself up to the upper echelon of the UFC's lightweight rankings.
Announced as UFC 299 co-main
LightweightUFC
January 8, 2024
Saint-Denis will take on Dustin Poirier in a lightweight matchup in the co-main event of UFC 299 on March 9 in Miami, UFC president Dana White announced Sunday via social media.
ANALYSIS
Saint-Denis and Poirier will get together in a rare, five-round, non-title fight, as both men apparently requested the terms of the matchup as part of negotiations. Few fighters on the UFC roster have been as hot as Saint-Denis, who has registered five consecutive victories, all stoppages within two rounds. That stretch also earned him three post-fight bonuses. Both men are high-volume and accurate strikers, with Saint-Denis holding slightly better offensive marks, in addition to a pretty big edge in offensive wrestling. It's a massive opportunity for Saint-Denis, as he'll be fighting a huge name on the co-main event of a high-profile pay-per-view, and a victory could catapult him as high as a top-5 spot in the rankings.
Fifth straight stoppage win
LightweightUFC
November 11, 2023
Saint-Denis defeated Matt Frevola via KO (head kick) at 1:31 of Round 1 at UFC 295 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
In case it wasn't apparent before, it is now. Saint-Denis is a real problem at 170 pounds. This is a guy that has been a professional for less than four years. That is not a misprint. His pro debut came in February 2019. He arrived on the UFC scene in October 2021. He dropped a unanimous decision to the uber-tough Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and has since won five in a row, all via stoppage. His latest victim, Frevola, was finished with a brutal head kick following some back-and-forth action on the mat in which both men had their moments. The finish would go on to earn him one of five $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses awarded on the evening. In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Saint-Denis respectfully asked for Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje or Mateusz Gamrot next. Why not?
Next bout scheduled
LightweightUFC
September 22, 2023
Saint-Denis will match up with Matt Frevola at UFC 295 on Nov. 11, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Saint-Denis, who has won his last four-consecutive fights, will face off against another streaking opponent in Matt Frevola. The 27-year-old French fighter holds a 4-1 record during his time with the UFC.