|Born||Joseph Rolando Benavidez
July 31, 1984
San Antonio, Texas, United States
|Other names||Joe B-Wan Kenobi, The Beefcake, The Joe Jitsu Practitioner|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)|
|Reach||65.0 in (165 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|Team||Team Alpha Male|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Joseph Rolando Benavidez (born July 31, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist. After fighting in smaller shows while working as a screen printer in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he joined up with Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male in 2007. He has since fought in Dream and most recently the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion. He currently fights as a flyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His fighting style has drawn comparisons to training partner and former WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber. He is currently the #2 ranked flyweight in the world by Sherdog. On April 27, 2010, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Las Cruces proclaimed April 27 as Joseph Benavidez Day in Las Cruces.
Early life 
Benavidez attended Las Cruces High School where he played varsity football, winning two State Championships, and wrestled varsity for 4 years. In 2000 Benavidez became the State Wrestling Champion of New Mexico at 103 lbs during his sophomore year. Benavidez also wrestled one year at William Penn University in Iowa before moving back to Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Mixed martial arts career 
Team Alpha Male 
Before joining up with Urijah Faber, Benavidez fought in smaller shows and trained while working as a screen printer in New Mexico. Hoping to eventually make a living fighting MMA, he sought out Faber on a trip to California in January 2007. Unable to find Faber's gym, he visited one in Roseville hoping to locate him. There his fighting ability impressed the members and instructors enough (or, in Faber's words: "[he] basically beat the crap out of everyone") to refer him to Faber. This was only hours before Benavidez' flight home was due and he had to leave for the airport, unable to meet up with him.
|“||"I had finally found him, and it was at the end of my vacation. I went to airport and my friends dropped me off; [I] was ready to go back to New Mexico and my regular life."||”|
His flight was then canceled, giving him the chance to meet up with Faber as he had hoped. Benavidez impressed Faber enough to offer him a job at the front desk of his gym, enabling him to leave New Mexico to come train with him and his team. Benavidez then went back to New Mexico, "jammed everything into his car" and moved to California. After fighting with smaller US-based promotions, Benavidez was offered a fight with Norifumi Yamamoto by Japanese MMA-promoter Dream in July 2008 at Dream 5. The bout was canceled only days before the fight, and Benavidez was instead matched against Junya Kodo whom he defeated by guillotine choke submission.
World Extreme Cagefighting 
Benavidez was then signed by US-based World Extreme Cagefighting. On December 3, 2008, he fought Danny Martinez at WEC 37 and won by unanimous decision. He defeated Jeff Curran by unanimous decision at WEC 40 on April 5, 2009. Benavidez dominated Curran from the opening bell with superior grappling and striking, knocking the opponent down in the first round. Curran unsuccessfully attempted an armbar in the second round and a triangle choke in the third round. Joseph fought Dominick Cruz at WEC 42 and lost by unanimous decision.
Benavidez defeated former WEC Bantaweight Champion Miguel Torres on March 6, 2010 at WEC 47. He dominated the former Bantamweight Champion before opening a huge cut on Torres' forehead and submitting the bloodied Torres via guillotine choke.
Bantamweight title shot and beyond 
Benavidez faced Wagnney Fabiano on November 11, 2010, replacing an injured Brian Bowles. Benavidez defeated Fabiano via second round submission. After an uneventful first round of striking between the two, Benavidez stung Fabiano with a left and pounced, submitting with a guillotine choke the 3rd degree black belt at 2:45 of the second round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship 
At the UFC 140 post-fight press conference, Dana White announced that Benavidez would be a participant in a four man tournament to crown the new newly created UFC Flyweight (MMA) Championship. Benavidez faced Yasuhiro Urushitani on March 3, 2012 at UFC on FX 2 and won via TKO in the second round, earning Knockout of the Night honors for his performance.
Benavidez faced Demetrious Johnson on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 for the inaugural UFC Flyweight Championship. In an incredibly closely contested fight that contained nonstop action at a frenetic pace, he lost the fight in via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46).
Championships & accomplishments 
Mixed martial arts 
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Extreme Cagefighting
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||18 wins||3 losses|
|Win||18–3||Darren Uyenoyama||TKO (body kick and punches)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||2||4:50||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||17–3||Ian McCall||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 156||February 2, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||16–3||Demetrious Johnson||Decision (split)||UFC 152||September 22, 2012||5||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||For UFC Flyweight Championship; UFC Flyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||16–2||Yasuhiro Urushitani||TKO (punches)||UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2012||2||0:11||Sydney, Australia||Flyweight debut; UFC Flyweight tournament semifinal; Knockout of the Night|
|Win||15–2||Eddie Wineland||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle||August 14, 2011||3||5:00||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||14–2||Ian Loveland||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 128||March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||13–2||Wagnney Fabiano||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 52||November 11, 2010||2||2:45||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–2||Dominick Cruz||Decision (split)||WEC 50||August 18, 2010||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WEC Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||12–1||Miguel Torres||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 47||March 6, 2010||2||2:57||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||11–1||Rani Yahya||TKO (punches)||WEC 45||December 19, 2009||1||1:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||10–1||Dominick Cruz||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 42||August 9, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||10–0||Jeff Curran||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 40||April 5, 2009||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||9–0||Danny Martinez||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 37||December 3, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–0||Junya Kodo||Submission (guillotine choke)||Dream 5||July 21, 2008||1||2:42||Osaka, Japan||Fought at Featherweight (139 Ibs)|
|Win||7–0||Maurice Eazel||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Palace Fighting Championship 8: A Night of Champions||May 8, 2008||1||1:02||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||6–0||Jason Georgianna||Submission (guillotine choke)||Palace Fighting Championship 6: No Retreat, No Surrender||January 17, 2008||2||0:38||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Rocky Del Monte||Submission (triangle choke)||Independent Event||June 1, 2007||2||N/A||Lakeport, California, United States|
|Win||4–0||Carlos Lovio||TKO (punches)||Bring it On: Under Destruction||April 28, 2007||1||N/A||Oxnard, California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Justin Smitley||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Warrior Cup 2||April 7, 2007||3||2:18||Stockton, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Ramon Rodriguez||Submission (triangle choke)||Border Warz||October 14, 2006||2||2:33||Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States|
|Win||1–0||Brandon Shelton||Submission (kimura)||Universal Fight Promotions||June 3, 2006||2||N/A||Mescalero, New Mexico, United States|
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