August 12, 1980
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||66 in (168 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States|
|Team||Fight Ready MMA|
|Rank||Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: February 25, 2015
Frankie Saenz (born August 12, 1980), is an American mixed martial artist in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional since 2009, he made a name for himself fighting mostly in his native state, where he was King of the Cage Flyweight Champion (135 lb), World Fighting Federation Featherweight Champion and Coalition of Combat Featherweight Champion.
Frankie Saenz is of Mexican descent. He began training MMA in 2008. He has a background in wrestling, and wrestled for Arizona State and the University of Northern Colorado; also, holds a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
He won WFF Featherweight championship in 2011 at WFF 7, with a TKO win over Michael Parker. Later in the next year, he lost his belt via disqualification to Jeff Fletcher due to an illegal knee to head of grounded opponent.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
After his second title defense on KOTC, Saenz signed with the UFC on August 7, 2014. He was scheduled to make his promotional debut against another newcomer, Nolan Ticman on August 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 47. Saenz won the fight via unanimous decision.
Saenz was expected to face Song Yadong on November 23, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 141. However, it was reported on November 7, 2018 that he pulled out of the event due to injury and he was replaced by newcomer Vince Morales.
Championships and accomplishments
- King of the Cage
- KOTC Flyweight Championship (One time)
- Two successful title defenses
- World Fighting Federation
- WFF Featherweight Championship (One time)
- Coalition of Combat
- COC Featherweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||13 wins||5 losses|
|Win||13–5||Henry Briones||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman||May 19, 2018||3||5:00||Santiago, Chile|
|Win||12–5||Merab Dvalishvili||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega||December 9, 2017||3||5:00||Fresno, California, United States|
|Loss||11–5||Augusto Mendes||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn||January 15, 2017||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||11–4||Eddie Wineland||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko||July 23, 2016||3||1:54||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||11–3||Urijah Faber||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 194||December 12, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–2||Sirwan Kakai||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux||August 8, 2015||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||10–2||Iuri Alcântara||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir||February 22, 2015||3||5:00||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|Win||9–2||Nolan Ticman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux||August 16, 2014||3||5:00||Bangor, Maine, United States|
|Win||8–2||Marvin Blumer||TKO (doctor stoppage)||KOTC: Radar Lock||February 22, 2014||4||5:00||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States||Defended the KOTC Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–2||Tyler Bialecki||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Boiling Point||September 28, 2013||1||4:53||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States||Defended the KOTC Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–2||Marvin Garcia||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: World Champions||May 25, 2013||2||4:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Bantamweight debut. Won the KOTC Flyweight Championship.|
|Win||5–2||Jade Porter||Decision (majority)||Coalition of Combat: Pound for Pound||September 15, 2012||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Won the Coalition of Combat Featherweight Championship.|
|Loss||4–2||Jeff Fletcher||DQ (illegal knee)||World Fighting Federation 8||May 12, 2012||1||4:12||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States||Lost the WFF Featherweight Championship.|
|Loss||4–1||Cody Huard||KO (punch)||TCF: Rumble at Ranch 2||November 5, 2011||1||2:34||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||4–0||Michael Parker||TKO (punches)||World Fighting Federation 7||October 22, 2011||1||3:08||Tucson, Arizona, United States||Won the WFF Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Ruben Gonzales||Decision (unanimous)||TCF: Rumble at Ranch 1||April 23, 2011||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||2–0||Kenneth Mendoza||TKO (punches)||World Fighting Federarion 1||October 16, 2010||1||4:26||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||1–0||Edwin Louis||Decision (unanimous)||Rage in the Cage 137||November 14, 2009||3||5:00||Tucson, Arizona, United States|
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Teixeira vs. Saint Preux". UFC.com. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
- "Frankie Saenz tapology". tapology.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
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- "World Fighting Federation 7 results". wffmma.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "World Fighting Federation 8 results". wffmma.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "Frankie Saenz road to the top". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "Frankie Saenz makes debut at UFC Fight Night 47". mymmanews.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "Welcome to the UFC, Frankie Saenz and Nolan Ticman". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "UFC Fight Night 47 results, photos: Frankie Saenz cruises past Nolan Ticman". MMAjunkie. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "UFC Fight Night 55 lineup finalized with Aljamain Sterling vs. Frankie Saenz". MMAjunkie. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "Aljamain Sterling vs. Frankie Saenz Fight Cancelled, Saenz injured". MMA MAD. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "Iuri Alcantara vs. Frankie Saenz added to UFC Fight Night 61 in Brazil". MMA core. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "UFC Fight Night 61 results: 7-1 underdog Frankie Saenz upsets Iuri Alcantara". MMAjunkie. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- Staff (2015-07-02). "Sirwan Kakai vs. Frankie Saenz official for UFC Fight Night 73". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
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- Tristen Critchfield (2015-09-03). "Bantamweights Urijah Faber, Frankie Saenz to meet at UFC 194 on Dec. 12". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
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- Chris Sosa (2016-05-03). "Chicago-area firefighter seeks another UFC win at United Center". redeyechicago.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
- Jonathan Bradley (2016-07-23). "Eddie Wineland finishes Frankie Saez with vicious third-round TKO". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
- Guilherme Cruz (2016-12-20). "Frankie Saenz vs. Augusto Mendes added to UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
- Ben Fowlkes (2017-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 103 results: Augusto Mendes gets full camp, split-decision win over Frankie Saenz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
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- Staff (2017-10-26). "Frankie Saenz vs. Merab Dvalishvili added to UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
- "UFC Fight Night 123 results: Frankie Saenz outworks Merab Dvalishvili for split decision". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
- Staff (2018-03-13). "Henry Briones-Frankie Saenz set for UFC debut in Chile". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
- "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Relentless Frankie Saenz grinds out Henry Briones". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-19. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- Marcel Dorff (2018-10-16). "Rising star Song Yadong faces Frankie Saenz during UFC Beijing". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-10-16. (in Dutch)
- DNA, MMA. "Chinese Team Alpha Male vechters maken opwachting tijdens UFC Beijing". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
- Sherdog.com. "Frankie Saenz MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-07.