August 26, 1988
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||St.Louis, Missouri|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed Martial Arts career
Benoist went undefeated in his amateur career and compiled a record of 14-0-1, finishing almost all of his opponents in the first round. He had his first professional fight on January 30, 2010 and won the bout via triangle choke submission.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In June 2011, Benoist signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. He faced Matthew Riddle in his Octagon debut. He won the fight via unanimous decision in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|8 matches||6 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||6–2||Sean Pierson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 152||September 22, 2012||3||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||6–1||Seth Baczynski||Decision (split)||UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall||June 8, 2012||3||5:00||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–0||Matthew Riddle||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger||September 17, 2011||3||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||5–0||Ryne Vincent||Submission (triangle choke)||CCCW: Fight Night 3||April 30, 2011||1||2:56||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||4–0||Dustin Baker||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PCL: Cage Madness||March 26, 2011||1||4:36||Glen Carbon, Illinois, United States|
|Win||3–0||Miguel Rios||Submission (guillotine choke)||MCC 30: Thanksgiving Throwdown||November 11, 2010||1||0:57||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Cleburn Walker||KO (head kick)||Fight Me MMA 1: The Battle Begins||August 14, 2010||1||4:34||St. Charles, Missouri, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jamell Austin||Submission (triangle choke)||Devastation Fight Club||January 30, 2010||1||0:53||Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States|
Lance's identical twin brother, Logan Benoist, was killed in a tragic vehicle accident on Monday, April 23rd, 2012. Logan was a U.S. Marine and an Iraq War combat veteran. Lance attended Festus high school. Benoist also has a sister.
When not training to fight or coaching others, Lance is an avid musician. An interest from the days when he and his brother Logan used to play together, Lance continues his passion today. Primarily a drummer, he also is also learning guitar, bass and piano. Between participating in regular "jam" sessions with friends and playing in the all fighter band "The Cauliflowers," Lance spends a good deal of his free time honing his musical talents. Musical influences include heavy metal mainstays such as Slayer and old Metallica, the classical rock greats Led Zeppelin and Kansas, and everything in between.
- "Matt Riddle and Lance Benoist Square Off at UFC Fight Night 25 in New Orleans". MMAWeekly.com. July 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
- "Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist targeted for UFC on FX 3". mmajunkie.com. March 28, 2012.
- "With Miller out, Sean Pierson now meets Lance Benoist at UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. August 24, 2012.
- Staff (March 1, 2013). "Paulo Thiago vs. Lance Benoist added to UFC on FX 8 in Brazil". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- "Benoist out, Michel Prazeres meets Paulo Thiago at UFC on FX 8". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- Tim Burke (2014-03-18). "Lance Benoist vs. Bobby Voelker added to June UFC event in Albuquerque". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18.