|Born||Juan Antonio Banuelos
September 23, 1979
Tulare, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Arroyo Grande, California|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
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
Banuelos is perhaps best known for being a longtime competitor for World Extreme Cagefighting, making his debut at WEC 5: Halloween Havoc. 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 scheduled to face Damacio Page on April 24, 2010, at WEC 48, 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. Banuelos lost the rematch by unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Banuelos made his promotional debut against the former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126. 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
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. 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. Banuelos faced Alptekin Ozkilic at Legacy FC 20 on May 31, 2013. He lost the fight via first round TKO, dropping his third straight fight in the process.
Championships and accomplishments
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- WEC North American Bantamweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|32 matches||20 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||20–11–1||Joby Sanchez||TKO (corner stoppage)||Tachi Palace Fights 20||August 7, 2014||2||2:41||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||20–10–1||Alptekin Özkılıç||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: Condit vs. Prater||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: Condit vs. Alessio||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: Hot August Fights||August 17, 2006||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Eddie Wineland||KO (head kick and punches)||WEC 20: Cinco de Mayhem||May 5, 2006||1||2:36||Lemoore, California, United States||For the WEC Bantamweight Championship|
|Win||11–2||James Cottrell||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 19: Undisputed||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: Halloween Havoc||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|
- WEC GM Talks Best Fights of '09
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- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "Miguel Torres Takes On Antonio Banuelos At UFC 126". heavy.com. November 4, 2010.
- "Antonio Banuelos signs with Legacy Fighting Championship, debuts vs. Josh Sampo". mmajunkie.com. August 28, 2012.
- "LFC 18: Antonio Banuelos vs. Rafael de Freitas". tapology.com. March 1, 2013.
- "Jimmy Flick Out at Legacy FC 20; Antonio Banuelos Now Meets Alptekin Ozkilic". sherdog.com. May 17, 2013.