For the American electronic music producer and DJ, see Joey Beltram.
|Born||José Felipe Beltran
December 8, 1981
San Diego, California, United States
|Other names||The Mexicutioner|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14.9 st)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (2012-present)
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Carlsbad, California, United States|
|Team||Blackline Fight Group
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Years active||2007 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
José Felipe "Joey" Beltran (born December 9, 1981) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Light Heavyweight division. He has also competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, and King of the Cage.
Beltran is from San Diego, California and began boxing when he was 10 years old, while also getting involved in street fights. He began wrestling in middle school but was not often not allowed to compete because of poor grades. Beltran continued wrestling in high school during his sophomore year and picked up his grades, going on to compete on the varsity team as a Heavyweight for all three years and also became involved in Greco-Roman Wrestling. Beltran originally attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa before dropping out and then being introduced to mixed martial arts. Beltran moved back to California, attending Palomar College and continuing with mixed martial arts. When he began training, Beltan weighed 300 lbs.
Mixed martial arts career
In his next appearance, under the King of the Cage banner, Beltran defeated Wes Combs via TKO only 25 seconds into the fight.
Beltran picked up another TKO win over another UFC veteran, Houston Alexander, before being signed by the UFC.
Beltran made his UFC debut at UFC 109 against Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Rolles Gracie. Beltran was stepping in as a last minute replacement for Gracie's original opponent, Mostapha Al-turk. Beltran upset the fatigued Gracie and was victorious via a second round TKO.
Beltran returned to action on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113. He was originally set to fight Chad Corvin, but after Corvin's paperwork was not approved by the Quebec Athletic Commission he was pulled from the card and replaced by Tim Hague. Beltran defeated Hague after three rounds, taking the unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28).
Beltran next faced Matt Mitrione on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119. Beltran fought and lost to Mitrione via unanimous decision (29-28 on all cards). Even though he lost, he still earned Fight of the Night honors.
Beltran then fought highly-regarded kickboxer Pat Barry at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 on January 22, 2011, in Fort Hood, Texas. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. During the fight, Beltran received a high volume of leg kicks from Barry, a former K-1 kickboxing competitor, yet only collapsed at the end of the final round. Barry has since expressed his bewilderment at the level of punishment that Beltran was able to absorb.
Beltran was expected to face promotional newcomer Dave Herman on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131. However, after Herman was shuffled to the main card, Beltran instead faced another UFC newcomer in Aaron Rosa. After a back-and-forth first two rounds, Beltran defeated Rosa via TKO in the third round.
Beltran faced former Strikeforce. Heavyweight Lavar Johnson on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis, where he was knocked out for the first time in his career in the first round. Following the loss, Beltran was released from the promotion.
After being released, Beltran announced that he would be dropping down to compete in the Light Heavyweight division. He officially made his Light Heavyweight debut on April 28, 2012 at C3 Fights in Oklahoma, where he defeated Anton Talamantes via unanimous decision.
Return to the UFC
Beltran made his return to the UFC replacing Brandon Vera against Australian James Te Huna on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 4. Although Beltran lost via unanimous decision, the back and forth bout earned Fight of the Night honors.
Beltran was expected to face Anthony Perosh on December 15, 2012 at UFC on FX 6. However, Perosh was forced from the bout with a toe injury and replaced by Igor Pokrajac. He won the fight via unanimous decision. On January 10, 2013, it was announced that Beltran had failed his post fight drug test, testing positive for nandrolone. Beltran was subsequently suspended for 9 months, retroactive to December 14, 2012. His win over Pokrajac was changed to a No Contest.
Returning from his suspension, Beltran faced Fabio Maldonado on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29 in Maldonado's home-country of Brazil. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. He was subsequently released from the promotion.
Return to Bellator
On October 30th, 2013, it was announced that Beltran had signed with Bellator MMA. He faced former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on November 15, 2013 in the main event at Bellator 108. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. Beltran is expected to face Vladimir Matyushenko at Bellator 116 on April 11, 2014.
Championships and accomplishments
- 5150 Combat League / Xtreme Fighting League
- 5150 Combat League Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|26 matches||15 wins||10 losses|
|Win||15–10 (1)||Vladimir Matyushenko||Submission (north/south choke)||Bellator 116||April 11, 2014||3||3:06||Temecula, California, United States|
|Loss||14–10 (1)||Quinton Jackson||TKO (punches)||Bellator 108||November 15, 2013||1||4:59||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||14–9 (1)||Fábio Maldonado||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields||October 9, 2013||3||5:00||Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil|
|NC||14–8 (1)||Igor Pokrajac||NC (overturned)||UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson||December 15, 2012||3||5:00||Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia||Originally unanimous decision win; Overturned as Beltran tested positive for nandrolone.|
|Loss||14–8||James Te Huna||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman||July 11, 2012||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||14–7||Anton Talamantes||Decision (unanimous)||C3 Fights||April 28, 2012||3||5:00||Oklahoma, United States||Light Heavyweight debut|
|Loss||13–7||Lavar Johnson||KO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis||January 28, 2012||1||4:24||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||13–6||Stipe Miocic||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 136||October 8, 2011||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–5||Aaron Rosa||TKO (punches)||UFC 131||June 11, 2011||3||1:26||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||12–5||Pat Barry||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight For The Troops 2||January 22, 2011||3||5:00||Fort Hood, Texas, United States|
|Loss||12–4||Matt Mitrione||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 119||September 25, 2010||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||12–3||Tim Hague||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 113||May 8, 2010||3||5:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||11–3||Rolles Gracie Jr.||TKO (punches)||UFC 109||February 6, 2010||2||1:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–3||Houston Alexander||TKO (punches)||5150 Combat League / Xtreme Fighting League: New Year's Revolution||January 16, 2010||2||3:49||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States||Won the 5150 Combat League Heavyweight Title|
|Loss||9–3||Tony Lopez||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Distorted||October 1, 2009||5||5:00||Highland, California, United States||For the King of the Cage Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||9–2||Tracy Willis||TKO (punches and elbows)||5150 Combat League: Rumble at the Rally||June 27, 2009||1||3:33||Sparks, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||8–2||Wes Combs||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Legends||June 6, 2009||1||0:25||Winterhaven, California, United States|
|Win||7–2||Sherman Pendergarst||TKO (punches)||Bellator 5||May 1, 2009||1||2:24||Dayton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||6–2||Jacob Browy||TKO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge: Warriors||February 4, 2009||1||1:20||Pauma Valley, California, United States|
|Win||5–2||Wes Fenton||TKO (punches)||Total Combat 32||October 2, 2008||1||2:15||El Cajon, California, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Tony Lopez||Submission (kimura)||KOTC: Opposing Force||May 15, 2008||1||3:15||Highland, California, United States|
|Win||4–1||Phil Friedman||TKO (punches)||Total Combat 28||April 26, 2008||1||0:50||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||3–1||Ray Seraile||TKO (punches)||TC 25: Fight Club||December 15, 2007||2||0:56||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||2–1||Tony Velarde||Submission (kimura)||Total Combat 21||June 8, 2007||1||2:35||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||1–1||Paul Ingrassia||TKO (punches)||Total Combat 20||April 13, 2007||1||2:54||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Yohan Banks||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Young Guns||February 10, 2007||3||3:00||San Jose, California, United States|
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- "Beltran vs. Mitrione in the works for UFC 117 in Oakland". truefighting.webs.com. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
- "Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran On Tap For UFC Fight For The Troops Show". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
- "Joey Beltran vs. Dave Herman added to UFC 131 in Vancouver". mmajunkie.com.com. March 31, 2011.
- "Einemo gets Herman, Beltran draws Strikeforce vet Rosa at UFC 131". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
- Whitehead, Lee (July 20, 2011). "Joey Beltran Welcomes Octagon Rookie Stipe Miocic at UFC 136 in Houston". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
- "Strikeforce import Lavar Johnson meets Joey Beltran at UFC on FOX 2". mmajunkie.com. December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- "Joey Beltran has been released by the UFC". fightersonlymag.com. February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- "Anthony Perosh vs. Joey Beltran added to UFC on FX 6 in Australia". mmajunkie.com. September 25, 2012.
- "Igor Pokrajac replaces injured Anthony Perosh, meets Joey Beltran at UFC on FX 6". MMAjunkie.com. November 13, 2012.
- "Rousimar Palhares and Joey Beltran fail UFC on FX 6 drug tests, each suspended nine months". mmamania.com. January 10, 2012.
- Guilherme Cruz (2013-08-15). "Joey Beltran meets Fabio Maldonado at UFC Fight Night 29". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
- "Joey Beltran Released". cagepotato.com.
- "'Rampage' Jackson vs. Joey Beltran headlines Bellator 108 on Nov. 15". MMAJunkie.com. October 30, 2013.
- "Bellator 116 to feature Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Joey Beltran, welterweight semifinals". mmafighting.com. January 21, 2014.