Antonio Banuelos

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Antonio Banuelos
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Born Juan Antonio Banuelos
(1979-09-23) September 23, 1979 (age 34)
Tulare, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Bantamweight
Flyweight
Reach 63 in (160 cm)
Fighting out of Arroyo Grande, California
Team The Pit
Mixed martial arts record
Total 32
Wins 20
By knockout 7
By submission 1
By decision 12
Losses 11
By knockout 5
By submission 2
By decision 4
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 6, 2010

Juan Antonio Banuelos (born September 23, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Banuelos made his professional mixed martial arts debut in June of 2001, knocking out Daniel Garlets at IFC Warriors Challenge 13. Following the impressive win, Banuelos would compile a record of 3–1 before signing with World Extreme Cagefighting in 2002.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Banuelos is perhaps best known for being a longtime competitor for World Extreme Cagefighting, making his debut at WEC 5. He fought a record 14 times under the promotion, compiling a record of 9–5. His 9 WEC wins are also a promotional record, which he shares with Urijah Faber and Poppies Martinez.

Banuelos was defeated by Eddie Wineland for the first ever WEC Bantamweight Championship at WEC 20.

After the Wineland bout, Banuelos defeated Cole Escovedo, Mike French and Justin Robbins while dropping contests against Charlie Valencia and a controversial decision to Manny Tapia at WEC 32.

Banuelos defeated Scott Jorgensen via split decision at WEC 41 in a fight that many, including WEC general manager Reed Harris has speculated is a candidate for fight of the year.[1]

Banuelos improved to 8–4 in the WEC after defeating Kenji Osawa via unanimous decision on November 18, 2009, at WEC 44.[2]

Banuelos was scheduled to face Damacio Page on April 24, 2010, at WEC 48,[3] but Page was forced off the card with an injury. Banuelos instead faced Jorgensen in a rematch of their bout from WEC 41 which Banuelos won via split decision.[4] Banuelos lost the rematch by unanimous decision.[5]

Banuelos faced Chad George on September 30, 2010, at WEC 51.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[7]

Banuelos made his promotional debut against the former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126.[8] Banuelos struggled with the height and reach advantage of Torres and was unable to mount any significant offense until the latter half of the final round. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Legacy Fighting Championship[edit]

After going 2–1 outside of the UFC, Banuelos signed with Texas based promotion Legacy FC. He faced Josh Sampo in his flyweight debut at Legacy FC 14 on September 14, 2012.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

In his second fight within the promotion, Banuelos faced Rafael de Freitas at Legacy FC 18 on March 1, 2013. After three hard fought rounds, the bout was ruled a split draw.[10] Banuelos faced Alptekin Ozkilic at Legacy FC 20 on May 31, 2013.[11] He lost the fight via first round TKO, dropping his third straight fight in the process.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–11–1 Joby Sanchez TKO (corner stoppage) TPF 20: Night of Champions August 7, 2014 2 2:41 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 20–10–1 Alptekin Özkiliç TKO (punches) Legacy Fighting Championship 20 May 31, 2013 1 0:30 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Draw 20–9–1 Rafael De Freitas Draw (split) Legacy Fighting Championship 18 March 1, 2013 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 20–9 Joshua Sampo Decision (unanimous) Legacy Fighting Championships 14 September 14, 2012 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Flyweight debut
Loss 20–8 Bibiano Fernandes TKO (punches) Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 December 31, 2011 1 1:21 Saitama, Japan DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix Final
Win 20–7 Masakazu Imanari Decision (split) Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 December 31, 2011 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 19–7 Hideo Tokoro Decision (split) Dream 17 September 24, 2011 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Loss 18–7 Miguel Torres Decision (unanimous) UFC 126 February 5, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–6 Chad George Decision (unanimous) WEC 51 September 30, 2010 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 17–6 Scott Jorgensen Decision (unanimous) WEC 48 April 24, 2010 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 17–5 Kenji Osawa Decision (unanimous) WEC 44 November 18, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–5 Scott Jorgensen Decision (split) WEC 41 June 7, 2009 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 15–5 Bryan Goldsby KO (punch) PFC 10: Explosive September 26, 2008 2 0:59 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 14–5 Manny Tapia Decision (split) WEC 32 February 13, 2008 3 5:00 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Win 14–4 Justin Robbins Decision (unanimous) WEC 29 August 5, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–4 Charlie Valencia KO (punch) WEC 26 March 24, 2007 1 3:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–3 Mike French Decision (unanimous) WEC 25 January 20, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–3 Cole Escovedo Decision (unanimous) WEC 23 August 17, 2006 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Featherweight bout
Loss 11–3 Eddie Wineland KO (head kick and punches) WEC 20 May 5, 2006 1 2:36 Lemoore, California, United States For the WEC Bantamweight Championship
Win 11–2 James Cottrell Decision (unanimous) WEC 19 March 17, 2006 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 10–2 Kimihito Nonaka TKO (punches) FFCF 5: Unleashed January 27, 2006 1 1:00 Mangilao, Guam
Win 9–2 Justin Tavernini Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Cage Wars 3 October 22, 2005 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 8–2 Ed Tomaselli TKO (cut) WEC 17 October 14, 2005 1 2:25 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 7–2 Mike Lindquist Submission (rear naked choke) WEC 14 March 17, 2005 1 1:38 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 6–2 Brandon Shuey TKO (punches) SF 6: Battleground in Reno September 23, 2004 1 0:22 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 5–2 Yobie Song TKO (cut) Rumble on the Rock 4 October 10, 2003 3 2:39 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 4–2 Jim Kikuchi Decision (unanimous) Rumble on the Rock 2 March 15, 2003 2 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 3–2 Jeff Bedard Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 5 October 18, 2002 1 0:43 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 3–1 Steve Hecht Decision (unanimous) UAGF 1: Ultimate Cage Fighting 1 May 9, 2002 2 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 2–1 Stephen Palling Submission (triangle choke) Warriors Quest 2: Battle of Champions August 1, 2001 1 0:38 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 2–0 Brian Peterson KO IFC Warriors Challenge 14 July 18, 2001 3 1:51 Fresno, California, United States
Win 1–0 Daniel Garlets TKO (punches) IFC Warriors Challenge 13 June 15, 2001 1 N/A Oroville, California, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ WEC GM Talks Best Fights of '09
  2. ^ "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo results". www.wec.tv/index.cfmom. 2009-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Antonio Banuelos inked to face Damacio Page at WEC 48 in April". mmajunkie.com. 2010-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Jorgensen replaces injured Page, gets Banuelos rematch on WEC 48 PPV main card". mmajunkie.com. 2010-03-17. 
  5. ^ "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber - Live Results and Commentary". BLOODYELBOW.com. 2010-04-24. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  6. ^ "BANUELOS VS. GEORGE ADDED TO WEC 51". mmaweekly.com. Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  7. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Miguel Torres Takes On Antonio Banuelos At UFC 126". heavy.com. November 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Antonio Banuelos signs with Legacy Fighting Championship, debuts vs. Josh Sampo". mmajunkie.com. August 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ "LFC 18: Antonio Banuelos vs. Rafael de Freitas". tapology.com. March 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jimmy Flick Out at Legacy FC 20; Antonio Banuelos Now Meets Alptekin Ozkilic". sherdog.com. May 17, 2013. 

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