Charles Bennett (fighter)
November 23, 1979|
Gainesville, Florida, United States
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||154.6 lb (70.1 kg; 11.04 st)|
|Fighting out of||Ocala, Florida, United States|
|Team||FIT/NHB (2008–2013) |
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Charles Daniel Bennett (born November 23, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division. A professional competitor since 1999, he has competed in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rizin FF, EliteXC, King of the Cage, World Extreme Fighting, and ShoXC.
Bennett was born in Gainesville, Florida and is the second-oldest boy of 11 siblings. Bennett lived in Gainesville for the first eight years of his life before moving to Ocala, Florida to live with his father after his mother was arrested on a drug charge. Bennett had a troubled upbringing as he came from a broken home, often getting into fights, and both of his parents abused crack cocaine. Growing up, Bennett was a self-described "black sheep" of the family, but was very athletic and was a talented football player in high school, where he played running back, linebacker, and was even a defensive lineman despite his small stature. However, Bennett was kicked off of the team during his sophomore year. During his junior year, his father kicked him out of the house and Bennett eventually dropped out of high school before turning his attention to selling narcotics. In between jail stints, he found a newspaper advertisement for a mixed martial arts gym in Ocala and decided to sign up and join the gym. His coaches were very impressed with his speed and strength, but at this time Bennett was still dealing drugs. Eventually, he gave up dealing drugs and focused on mixed martial arts, with the birth of his first child as his main motivation to change his lifestyle although he continued to be arrested on drug charges until 2011. He also credits King of the Cage owner Terry Trebilcock Jr. to helping Bennett turn his life around.
Mixed martial arts
Bennett made his professional debut when he was only 19 years old in Georgia in 1999 and lost the bout via submission. In his next bout a year later, he received his first professional win after he knocked out his opponent with a slam in the first round. Bennett then made his debut for the World Extreme Fighting promotion and faced future UFC and Bellator veteran Rich Clementi. Bennett lost the bout after he tapped out due to strikes in the first round. Bennett won his next two fights via strikes before making his King of the Cage debut against future UFC veteran and K-1 kickboxer, Duane Ludwig. Bennett lost after he submitted due to exhaustion in the second round. Bennett then won 9 of his next 10 fights, including a win over former U.S. Marine and future UFC fighter, Gerald Strebendt via submission due to strikes. His four-fight winning streak was snapped by future Pancrase Featherweight Champion Takumi Nakayama via submission.
PRIDE Fighting Championships
With a record of 12-5, Bennett made his PRIDE debut against former Shooto Lightweight Champion and future PRIDE Lightweight Champion, Takanori Gomi at PRIDE Bushido 5 in what was also Bennett's overseas debut. Bennett lost via kimura within the first round. After a return to King of the Cage in which he achieved mixed results, Bennett returned to PRIDE at PRIDE Bushido 7 against former DEEP Bantamweight Champion, Yoshiro Maeda. Bennett won via knockout just under two minutes in one of the biggest wins of his career.
Bennett made his next appearance for the promotion at PRIDE Bushido 9 against former DEEP Featherweight Champion and former DEEP Lightweight Champion, Dokonjonosuke Mishima. Bennett lost the bout via submission. After losing a King of the Cage Bantamweight Championship fight against future WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber, Bennett made his PRIDE appearance at PRIDE Shockwave 2005 against Japanese fighter Ken Kaneko, and won via armbar submission. After winning the bout, Bennett tackled the referee who in response pulled out a yellow card.
After his bout with Kaneko, Bennett was involved in a backstage altercation with Cristiano Marcello, member of Chute Boxe Academy and current UFC fighter. In a video posted on Chute Boxe's official website, Bennett is seen attacking Chute Boxe fighter Cristiano Marcello. Bennett supposedly insulted the Chute Boxe Academy and Wanderlei Silva, prompting a scuffle between Marcello and Bennett. Bennett charged at Marcello while throwing punches, and both men went to the ground where Marcello put Bennett to sleep with a triangle choke before the fight was broken up. Bennett claimed that he knocked out Wanderlei Silva during the melee.
Bennett made his last appearance for the organization in 2006 at PRIDE Bushido 11 against former Shooto Lightweight Champion Tatsuya Kawajiri. Bennett lost the bout via kneebar submission in the first round. Bennett held a record of 2-3 with the promotion.
Bennett fought at EliteXC: Destiny against current UFC fighter and former Strikeforce veteran, KJ Noons, who would become the EliteXC Lightweight Champion two fights later. After a war of words in the press conference before the fight, Bennett defeated the Hawaiian via knockout in a huge upset.
ShoXC and other ventures
In 2007, Bennett missed a fight in San Jose, California, because he missed his flight from Florida—having just been released from jail. Recently, Bennett lost to longtime rival Victor Valenzuela in a rematch at ShoXC on August 25. Prior to the fight with Valenzuela, the two had fought to a controversial draw, which sparked the feud. On January 24, 2008, Bennett was supposed to fight Victor Valenzuela in a King of the Cage event. However, Bennett was arrested for domestic dispute and faces several charges including strangulation. His bout with Valenzuela will be postponed.
Bennett is known to his fans for his entertaining behavior. Bennett did not actually began training daily for his fights until he received his 22nd career loss.
In the video game UFC Undisputed 2010, the nickname "Krazy Horse" is available for use on a custom created fighter, once bought in the in-game store.
Bennett showed up at the tryouts for The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck, but did not make it to the final cast.
On January 16, 2011 Bennett was training at a gym in Bernalillo County, New Mexico and got into a physical altercation with a teammate. According to a police report, tempers flared between the two and the other fighter knocked down Bennett, who then got dressed and left the building but came back 15 minutes later with a heavy piece of steel and attacked the fighter from behind. He was charged with aggravated battery.
Return to MMA
After being away from the sport for nearly three years, Bennett returned to active MMA competition in October 2015 for his former organization, King of the Cage. Bennett fought six times in the next eleven months and posted a record of four wins and two losses.
In September 2016 Bennett competed at the Rizin Fighting Federation's World Grand-Prix 2016 in Japan. He defeated Minoru Kimura by TKO at 0:07 seconds of the first round.
Bennett was first arrested when he was 17 years old for aggravated battery but the case was dropped. In 1998, he was arrested twice for possession of cocaine. His first arrest was dismissed and his second arrest included distribution, grand theft, and holding under an ounce of marijuana. He received adjudication withheld on the four felony and one misdemeanor charge.
Between 1999 and 2009, he was arrested 14 times on charges that included selling cocaine, burglary, aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, and possession of MDMA. The charge on the pregnant woman in 2002 was dropped and he was found guilty on two drug charges in 2000 and 2001 and was also found guilty for another aggravated battery in 2008, which stemmed from a domestic dispute.
Bennett is divorced and has one child.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|70 matches||30 wins||38 losses|
|Loss||30–38–2||Bruce Lutchmedial||Decision (unanimous)||CamSoda Legends||April 26, 2018||3||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States||Featherweight bout; won Live Fan Vote $1000 Bonus (5,362-70).|
|Loss||30–37–2||Brok Weaver||Decision (split)||Island Fights 46||February 8, 2018||3||5:00||Pensacola, Florida, United States|
|Loss||30–36–2||Cody Pfister||Submission (rear naked choke)||Fist Fight Night 2: Pfister vs Felony||September 30, 2017||1||2:36||Amarillo, Texas, United States||For Fist Fight Night Lightweight Championship.|
|Loss||30–35–2||Ray Cooper III||TKO (punches)||X-1: Braddah vs. Felony||August 12, 2017||2||2:48||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Return to Lightweight.|
|Loss||30–34–2||Balajin||Submission (choke)||Kunlun Fight MMA 13||July 6, 2017||2||0:55||Jining, China|
|Loss||30–33–2||Zhenhong Lv||TKO (corner stoppage)||Kunlun Fight MMA 11||May 4, 2017||1||5:00||Jining, China|
|Loss||30–32–2||Cody Stevens||Decision (unanimous)||RFO Big Guns 23||March 24, 2017||3||5:00||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Return to Featherweight.|
|Loss||30–31–2||Lawrence Fitzpatrick||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Tanko Fighting Championships 3||February 11, 2017||1||4:42||Manchester, United Kingdom|
|Win||30–30–2||Minoru Kimura||TKO (punches)||Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016||September 25, 2016||1||0:07||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||29–30–2||Paul Rodriguez||Submission (heel hook)||Battleground: Perry vs. Mundell||May 14, 2016||1||0:43||Kissimmee, Florida, United States|
|Loss||28–30–2||Matt DiMarcantonio||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Extreme Horsepower||March 12, 2016||3||5:00||Niagara Falls, New York, United States|
|Win||28–29–2||Terrell Hobbs||Submission (heel hook)||EWC 9: Takeover||February 4, 2016||1||1:17||Salem, Virginia, United States||Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.|
|Loss||27–29–2||Jimmy Zidek||Decision (split)||KOTC: Thunder & Lightning||January 8, 2016||3||5:00||Carlton, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||27–28–2||Danny Black||KO (punches)||KOTC: Harvest of Champions||October 24, 2015||1||1:41||Sloan, Iowa, United States||Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.|
|Loss||26–28–2||Ronnie Rogers||Submission (triangle choke)||Warfare 7: Invasion||December 7, 2012||1||3:45||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States|
|Loss||26–27–2||Johnavan Vistante||Decision (unanimous)||Destiny MMA: Na'Koa||September 8, 2012||5||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||For the Destiny MMA Lightweight Championship.|
|Loss||26–26–2||Chris McDaniel||Submission (triangle choke)||ShoFight 20||June 16, 2012||1||2:52||Springfield, Missouri, United States||Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.|
|Win||26–25–2||John Mahlow||TKO (punches)||Art of Fighting 15||May 15, 2012||1||3:23||Jacksonville, Florida, United States||Lightweight bout.|
|Loss||25–25–2||Peter Grimes||Submission (guillotine choke)||CFA 06: Palomino vs. Warfield||April 13, 2012||2||3:36||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||25–24–2||Luis Palomino||KO (punch)||CFA 04: Izquierdo vs. Cenoble||December 17, 2011||1||3:59||Coral Gables, Florida, United States||Lightweight bout.|
|Win||25–23–2||Michael Casteel||TKO (slam and punches)||KOTC: Rising Sun||September 10, 2011||1||0:56||Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||24–23–2||Matt Muramoto||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Shockwave||July 23, 2011||1||2:48||Oroville, California, United States||Featherweight debut.|
|Loss||24–22–2||Jason Gybels||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UCS: Caged Combat 3||April 16, 2011||3||4:14||Grand Ronde, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||24–21–2||John Harris||Decision (split)||Hess Extreme Fighting||March 15, 2011||3||5:00||Panama City Beach, Florida, United States|
|Loss||24–20–2||Fábio Mello||Decision (split)||World Extreme Fighting 45||January 22, 2011||3||5:00||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Loss||24–19–2||Drew Fickett||Submission (guillotine choke)||Shine Fights: Lightweight Grand Prix||September 10, 2010||1||3:34||Newkirk, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||24–18–2||Harris Norwood||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEF: World Extreme Fighting||July 10, 2010||2||4:55||Kissimmee, Florida, United States|
|Loss||23–18–2||Sterling Ford||Decision (unanimous)||Action Fight League: Rock-N-Rumble 3||June 4, 2010||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Loss||23–17–2||Bobby Green||KO (punches)||KOTC: Fight 4 Hope||December 17, 2009||1||2:17||San Bernardino, California, United States|
|Win||23–16–2||Eric Moon||KO (punches)||KOTC: Super Stars||August 13, 2009||1||3:32||Highland, California, United States|
|Loss||22–16–2||Anthony McDavitt||Decision (split)||KOTC: Legends||June 6, 2009||3||3:00||Winterhaven, California, United States|
|Win||22–15–2||Donnie Martinez||Submission (guillotine choke)||KOTC: Hierarchy||October 13, 2007||1||1:39||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Loss||21–15–2||Victor Valenzuela||Submission (strikes)||ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series||August 25, 2007||1||3:23||Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||21–14–2||Dan Loman||KO (punch)||KOTC: Battle at the Bowl||July 21, 2007||2||3:15||Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||20–14–2||Robert Martz||KO (slam)||KOTC: Caged Chaos||March 10, 2007||1||0:29||Laughlin, Nevada, United States|
|Win||19–14–2||KJ Noons||KO (punch)||EliteXC: Destiny||February 10, 2007||1||3:43||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||18–14–2||Adam Bourke||Submission (punches)||KOTC: Australia||July 8, 2006||2||N/A||Australia|
|Loss||17–14–2||Tatsuya Kawajiri||Submission (kneebar)||PRIDE Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||1||2:30||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||17–13–2||Buddy Clinton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Drop Zone||March 18, 2006||1||0:18||Michigan, United States|
|Loss||17–12–2||Jeff Curran||Submission (armbar)||KOTC: Redemption on the River||February 17, 2006||1||4:32||Illinois, United States|
|Win||17–11–2||Ken Kaneko||Submission (armbar)||PRIDE FC: Shockwave 2005||December 31, 2005||1||4:14||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||16–11–2||Urijah Faber||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GC 46: Avalanche||December 11, 2005||1||4:38||California, United States||For KOTC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||16–10–2||Dokonjonosuke Mishima||Submission (ankle lock)||PRIDE Bushido 9||September 25, 2005||1||4:04||Tokyo, Japan||PRIDE 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix replacement bout.|
|Loss||16–9–2||John Gunderson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gladiator Challenge 40||August 13, 2005||2||1:28||Oregon, United States|
|Draw||16–8–2||Victor Valenzuela||Draw||KOTC 58: Prime Time||August 5, 2005||2||5:00||California, United States|
|Win||16–8–1||Gabe Rivas||TKO (injury)||KOTC 56: Caliente||July 9, 2005||1||2:21||Arizona, United States|
|Win||15–8–1||Theo McDonald||TKO (punches)||KOTC 55: Grudge Match||June 17, 2005||1||4:40||Mexico|
|Win||14–8–1||Yoshiro Maeda||KO (punch)||PRIDE Bushido 7||May 22, 2005||1||1:55||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||13–8–1||Gabe Rivas||Draw||KOTC 49: Soboba||March 20, 2005||2||5:00||California, United States|
|Loss||13–8||Forrest Petz||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||KOTC 48: Payback||February 25, 2005||1||3:40||Ohio, United States|
|Win||13–7||Victor Hernandez||KO (slam)||KOTC 47: Uprising||February 5, 2005||1||0:11||Mexico|
|Loss||12–7||Dave Hisquierdo||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||KOTC 44: Revenge||November 14, 2004||2||1:56||California, United States|
|Loss||12–6||Takanori Gomi||Submission (kimura)||PRIDE Bushido 5||October 14, 2004||1||5:52||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||12–5||Takumi Nakayama||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC 39: Hitmaster||August 6, 2004||1||2:46||California, United States|
|Win||12–4||William Sriyrapai||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 37: Unfinished Business||June 12, 2004||2||5:00||California, United States|
|Win||11–4||Shad Smith||KO (punches)||KOTC 33: After Shock||February 20, 2004||1||0:40||California, United States|
|Win||10–4||Glen Mincer||KO (punches)||World Extreme Fighting||December 20, 2003||1||2:08||Florida, United States|
|Win||9–4||William Sriyrapai||Decision (split)||KOTC 29: Renegades||September 5, 2003||2||5:00||California, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Rick Davis||Decision (unanimous)||WEFC 1: Bring It On||June 29, 2002||4||4:00||Georgia|
|Win||8–3||Aristides Britto||Submission (heel hook)||Dixie Rumble||November 17, 2001||1||3:09||United States|
|Win||7–3||Scott Johnson||TKO (punches)||Rumble in the Valley||November 15, 2001||1||2:00||Florida, United States|
|Win||6–3||Gerald Strebendt||Submission (punches)||GC 7: Casualties of War||November 4, 2001||1||1:40||California, United States|
|Win||5–3||Jon Weidler||Decision (majority)||RSF 5: New Blood Conflict||October 27, 2001||3||4:00||Georgia|
|Win||4–3||Todd Carney||KO (punches)||RSF 4: Circle of Truth||September 22, 2001||1||N/A||Georgia|
|Loss||3–3||Duane Ludwig||Submission (exhaustion)||KOTC 10: Critical Mass||August 4, 2001||2||2:38||California, United States|
|Win||3–2||John Wehbey||TKO (corner stoppage)||RSF: Circle of Truth 1||April 7, 2001||3||1:12||Georgia|
|Win||2–2||Robert Irizarry||Submission (punches)||WEF: World Extreme Fighting: Rumble at the Rodeo 2||March 17, 2001||3||1:43||Kissimmee, Florida, United States|
|Loss||1–2||Rich Clementi||Submission (punches)||WEF: World Extreme Fighting: Rumble at the Rodeo 1||December 16, 2000||1||N/A||N/A|
|Win||1–1||Todd Carney||KO (slam)||WEF: New Blood Conflict||August 26, 2000||1||2:21||N/A|
|Loss||0–1||John Swift||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Lionheart Invitational||September 1, 1999||1||12:46||Georgia|
Bare knuckle record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0-1||Michael McDonald||Injury to hand||Bare Knuckle FC 2||August 25, 2018||4||1:49||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
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