Benoit Saint-Denis

God of War

France

Puts on show in native France
WelterweightUFC
September 3, 2022
Saint-Denis defeated Gabriel Miranda via TKO (punches) at 0:16 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Paris.
ANALYSIS
It was a brilliant performance from Saint-Denis in front of a rabid crowd in his native France. Known primarily for his ground game, Saint-Denis went about destroying Miranda on the feet. A pair of Round 1 knockdowns put Benoit in a dominating position entering the second frame, at which point one massive right hand and a couple of follow-up shots closed the show. Just 26 years of age and with back-to-back stoppages victories on his resume, Saint-Denis is a fighter to keep an eye on at 155 pounds as we push into the latter stages of 2022. He seemed to have suffered some kind of toe injury towards the end of the bout, so he may require a bit of time on the sidelines before getting a chance to build off this momentum. On the bright side, he came away with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.
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Will fight Gabriel Miranda
WelterweightUFC
August 15, 2022
Saint-Denis will take on Gabriel Miranda in a welterweight bout at a UFC event September 3rd, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Saint-Denis is coming off of his first UFC win back in June against Niklas Stolze. He was slated to fight Christos Giagoas in Paris, but the fighter pulled out in early August. Now, Saint-Denis will face the 32 year-old Miranda, who just signed with the UFC.
Opponent pulls out
WelterweightUFC
August 8, 2022
Saint-Denis' opponent, Christos Giagos, withdrew from their Sept. 3 scheduled fight at UFC Paris after he suffered an injury to his hand, Alex Behunin of Cageside Press reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear if the UFC will seek for a replacement fighter for Saint-Denis or look to just push this fight back once Giagos' hand is able to heal. Saint-Denis got his first UFC win back in June against Niklas Stolze.
Facing Giagos in Paris
WelterweightUFC
July 22, 2022
Saint-Denis agreed to fight Christos Giagos at UFC Paris on Sept. 3, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Saint-Denis picked up his first UFC victory in June with a submission victory over Niklas Stolze, and the Frenchman will now have the opportunity to compete in his home country. Giagos is 4-4 in the promotion but has lost his past two bouts, and he was taken down via submission by Thiago Moises at 3:05 of Round 1 during their matchup in late June.
Strong effort for first UFC win
WelterweightUFC
June 4, 2022
Saint-Denis defeated Niklas Stolze via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:32 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Saint-Denis dropped a unanimous decision to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in his company debut last October, but displayed a ridiculous amount of heart and earned plenty of new fans in the process. Now he's in the UFC win column. Stolze clipped him with a couple big shots in the early going, but Saint-Denis shrugged them off without issue and went about dominating the fight with his grappling game. He was credited with 3-of-5 takedown attempts, in addition to 5:44 worth of control time in a bout which lasted 6:32. The lack of stopping power in Saint-Denis' hands could very well be an issue moving forward -- he has just one career knockout win -- but he has proven to be durable a heck, has a solid ground game and is young enough at age 26 to expect improvements moving forward. This was a good start.
Niklas Stolze next up
WelterweightUFC
May 1, 2022
Saint-Denis will take on Niklas Stolze in a welterweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for June 4, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Coming off a legendary display of toughness that saw him eat 149 significant strikes in his UFC debut last October, Saint-Denis appears to be cleared from his medical suspension and will face another young fighter who is winless in the UFC. Saint-Denis will give up height and reach advantages here against the dynamic, German-born fighter on the card's early prelims.