June 30, 1983|
Bell, California, U.S.
|Died||May 4, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Other names||The Disciple|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||171 lb (78 kg; 12.2 st)|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Blas Avena (June 30, 1983 – May 4, 2016) was an American professional mixed martial artist who competed in the welterweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional since 2005, Avena also competed for the WEC. Avena also found success as a grappler, appearing in Grapplers Quest, NAGA and the ADCC, Blas is also notable in the sport of grappling for his classic bout with veteran Jeff Glover.
Mixed martial arts career
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Avena relocated from Southern California to Las Vegas in 2004 to work as a security guard for the Hard Rock Cafe and later made his professional MMA debut in 2005. Avena compiled an overall record of 3-0 before being signed by the WEC.
World Extreme Cagefighting
After the loss at WEC 25, Avena decided to drop down to the welterweight division and faced Tiki Ghosn on August 5, 2007 at WEC 29. Avena won via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. Avena followed this up with another first-round submission win over Joe Benoit at WEC 30 before dropping his next fight against Hiromitsu Miura at WEC 33 on March 26, 2008 via first-round knockout.
Avena made his next appearance at WEC 35 against Dave Terrel on August 3, 2008 and won via first-round TKO. Avena then faced Jesse Lennox on January 25, 2009 at WEC 38. Avena was defeated via second-round knockout and subsequently released from the promotion.
After his release from the WEC, Avena went 1-3 with one no contest before being signed by Bellator. Avena made his promotional debut against Lenny Lovato February 28, 2013 at Bellator 91 and won via first-round knockout.
On the morning of May 4, 2016, Avena's body was discovered by police in his Las Vegas apartment. A cause of death was not immediately disclosed.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||8 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||8–7 (1)||War Machine||TKO (punches)||Bellator 96||June 19, 2013||1||3:55||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||8–6 (1)||Lenny Lovato||TKO (punch)||Bellator 91||February 28, 2013||1||1:40||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||7–6 (1)||Brock Jardine||TKO (punches)||Showdown Fights: Uprising||May 4, 2012||2||2:31||Orem, Utah, United States|
|NC||7–5 (1)||Shawn Fitzsimmons||No Contest||Superior Cage Combat 3||November 4, 2011||2||3:42||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||7–5||Josh Neer||TKO (punches & elbows)||Superior Cage Combat 2||August 20, 2011||1||2:54||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–4||Kenny Marzola||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MMA Xplosion: Super Fight Night||February 20, 2010||1||1:34||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–4||Dave Hulett||TKO (punches)||MMA Xplosion: Gunderson vs. Sharp||October 10, 2009||1||3:08||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||6–3||Jesse Lennox||KO (knee and punches)||WEC 38||January 25, 2009||2||0:41||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||6–2||Dave Terrel||TKO (punches)||WEC 35: Condit vs. Miura||August 3, 2008||1||1:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Hiromitsu Miura||KO (punches)||WEC 33: Marshall vs. Stann||March 26, 2008||1||2:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–1||Joe Benoit||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 30||September 5, 2007||1||0:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4–1||Tiki Ghosn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 29||August 5, 2007||1||1:01||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Logan Clark||TKO (elbows)||WEC 25||January 20, 2007||3||4:23||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0||Brandon Melendez||Submission (guillotine choke)||UCE: Round 16 - Finals||August 27, 2005||2||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jake Paul||Submission (guillotine choke)||UCE: Round 14 - Finals||April 23, 2005||1||2:59||West Valley City, Utah, United States|
|Win||1–0||Benjamin Garcia||Submission (guillotine choke)||UCE: Round 13 - Episode 3||January 22, 2005||1||0:18||Sandy, Utah, United States|