Joey Beltran

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Joey Beltran
Born José Felipe Beltran
(1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 32)
Oceanside, California, United States[1]
Other names The Mexicutioner
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14.9 st)
Division Light Heavyweight (2012-present)
Heavyweight (2007-2012)
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)
Fighting out of Carlsbad, California, United States
Team Blackline Fight Group
Alliance MMA
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2007 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 15
By knockout 11
By submission 2
By decision 2
Losses 10
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 7
No contests 1
Other information
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.

Background[edit]

Beltran was born in Oceanside, California and raised in Carlsbad, California by a single mother.[2] Beltran began boxing when he was 10 years old, and also was involved in street fighting from a young age. Beltran also began wrestling in middle school and was talented, but was not often not allowed to compete because of poor grades. Beltran continued wrestling at Carlsbad 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, Beltran weighed 300 lbs.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Beltran made his professional debut on February 10, 2007 at Strikeforce: Young Guns and lost via unanimous decision. He went on to compile a record of 6-2 before being signed by Bellator.[4]

Bellator[edit]

Beltran made his Bellator debut at Bellator 5 on May 1, 2009 against former UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst. Beltran won the fight in the first round via TKO.

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.

UFC[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] However, after Herman was shuffled to the main card, Beltran instead faced another UFC newcomer in Aaron Rosa.[9] After a back-and-forth first two rounds, Beltran defeated Rosa via TKO in the third round.

Beltran fought Stipe Miocic on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136, losing via unanimous decision.[10]

Beltran faced former Strikeforce. Heavyweight Lavar Johnson on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis,[11] 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.[12]

Post-UFC[edit]

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[edit]

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.[13] 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.[14] However, Perosh was forced from the bout with a toe injury and replaced by Igor Pokrajac.[15] 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.[16]

Returning from his suspension, Beltran faced Fabio Maldonado on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29 in Maldonado's home-country of Brazil.[17] He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision. He was subsequently released from the promotion.[18]

Return to Bellator[edit]

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.[19] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. Beltran faced Vladimir Matyushenko at Bellator 116 on April 11, 2014, winning by third round submission,[20]his first submission win since 2007.

Beltran is expected to challenge Emanuel Newton for the Bellator Light Heavyweight title at Bellator 124 on September 12, 2014.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • 5150 Combat League / Xtreme Fighting League
    • 5150 Combat League Heavyweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://newsblaze.com/story/20110731093906rus1.nb/topstory.html
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  5. ^ "Joey Beltran official as late replacement, faces Rolles Gracie on UFC 109 prelims". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  6. ^ "Beltran vs. Mitrione in the works for UFC 117 in Oakland". truefighting.webs.com. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Pat Barry vs. Joey Beltran On Tap For UFC Fight For The Troops Show". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Joey Beltran vs. Dave Herman added to UFC 131 in Vancouver". mmajunkie.com.com. March 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Einemo gets Herman, Beltran draws Strikeforce vet Rosa at UFC 131". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved May 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ Whitehead, Lee (July 20, 2011). "Joey Beltran Welcomes Octagon Rookie Stipe Miocic at UFC 136 in Houston". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Strikeforce import Lavar Johnson meets Joey Beltran at UFC on FOX 2". mmajunkie.com. December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
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  15. ^ "Igor Pokrajac replaces injured Anthony Perosh, meets Joey Beltran at UFC on FX 6". MMAjunkie.com. November 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Rousimar Palhares and Joey Beltran fail UFC on FX 6 drug tests, each suspended nine months". mmamania.com. January 10, 2012. 
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  18. ^ "Joey Beltran Released". cagepotato.com. 
  19. ^ "'Rampage' Jackson vs. Joey Beltran headlines Bellator 108 on Nov. 15". MMAJunkie.com. October 30, 2013. 
  20. ^ bloodyelbow.com. April 11, 2014 http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/4/11/5606820/bellator-116-results-ivanov-scores-submission-win-beltran-sends |url= missing title (help). 
  21. ^ "Emanuel Newton vs. Joey Beltran title fight headlines Bellator 124". mmafighting.com. August 5, 2014. 

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