Gabriel Benitez

Moggly

Mexico

Filling in as replacement
LightweightUFC
February 9, 2024
Benitez will face off against Hayisaer Maheshate at a UFC event on Apr. 27, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Benitez will fill in against Maheshate after Anshul Jubli withdrew due to undisclosed reasons. The 35-year-old Mexican fighter, who is 1-3 in his last four fights, will have adequate time to prepare for his newly scheduled matchup.
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Dominated by Jim Miller
LightweightUFC
January 13, 2024
Benitez lost to Jim Miller via submission (face crank) at 3:25 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was another underwhelming performance from Benitez in what appeared to be a winnable fight. Facing a 40-year-old opponent that struggles in anything other than a prolonged grappling affair, Gabriel was consistently beaten to the punch in what was primarily a striking battle. Benitez found himself on the mat a bit in Round 2 and prior to the finish in Round 3, eventually tapping out to a face crank. Now 35 years of age, Benitez is 1-3 in his last four fights, and his only victory in that span is over Charlie Ontiveros, a fighter that was knocked out in each of his three UFC fights and subsequently released. Benitez could be the next one handed his walking papers.
Scheduled against A10 again
LightweightUFC
November 22, 2023
Benitez (undisclosed) will compete against Jim Miller in a lightweight fight at UFC Vegas 84 on Jan. 13, according to Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl.
ANALYSIS
Benitez will have sat out nearly a year due to the abrasion that caused his withdrawal from his scheduled fight with Miller at UFC Vegas 69. Miller instead fought Alexander Hernandez at the event and lost. But as always is the case with Miller, one should never count him out, as he earned a rematch with Benitez by knocking out Jesse Butler at UFC on ESPN 46.
No longer fighting Miller
LightweightUFC
February 9, 2023
Benitez will no longer be facing UFC veteran Jim Miller at the Feb. 18 event, as Alexander Hernandez has stepped in on short notice to replace him, Alex Behunin of Cageside Press reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup between Benitez and Miller was reported all the way back in November, but with just over a week before the scheduled bout, CC Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reported that Benitez was off the card. In a follow-up tweet from Legaspi, it's noted that Benitez has a cut and is looking to recover and book a new fight in May.
Matched against Jim Miller
LightweightUFC
November 8, 2022
Benitez will face Jim Miller on Feb. 18, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
ANALYSIS
Benitez had been in a slump, losing four of his last five matches, before beating Charlie Ontiveros by first-round TKO in August. In Miller, he'll face a fighter with the most wins (24) in UFC history. Miller is riding a three-fight winning streak.
Bounces back with strong effort
LightweightUFC
August 13, 2022
Benitez defeated Charlie Ontiveros via TKO (punches) at 3:35 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 41 on Saturday in San Diego.
ANALYSIS
It was a massive bounce-back performance from Benitez. "Moggly" appeared to be at real risk of being cut following his effort against David Onama in February in which he not only suffered a first-round knockout loss, but missed weight by two pounds. He muscled Ontiveros up along the fence midway through the opening frame and slammed him to the mat before pounding him out with punches from a dominant position. A victory over Ontiveros -- who doesn't have a UFC win in three attempts -- means nothing in the long run, but perhaps this performance can spark Benitez, who improves to 2-4 in his past half-dozen bouts dating back to August 2019.