Frankie Saenz

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Frankie Saenz
BornFrankie Saenz
(1980-08-12) August 12, 1980 (age 38)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[1]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionBantamweight
Featherweight
Reach66 in (168 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofScottsdale, Arizona, United States
TeamFight Ready MMA
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[3]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins13
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision8
Losses5
By knockout2
By decision2
By disqualification1
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.[3][4]

Background[edit]

Frankie Saenz is of Mexican descent.[5] 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.[6] Later in the next year, he lost his belt via disqualification to Jeff Fletcher due to an illegal knee to head of grounded opponent.[7]

In 2013, Saenz won KOTC Flyweight (135 lbs) championship, with a submission win over Marvin Garcia.[8] He defended his belt twice, against Tyler Bialecki and Marvin Blumer.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[10] Saenz won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Saenz later was scheduled to face Aljamain Sterling on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55,[12] but the fight was scrapped due to Saenz being injured.[13]

On February 22, 2015, Saenz fought Iuri Alcântara at UFC Fight Night 61.[14] As a 7-1 underdog, Saenz defeated the #8 ranked Alcântara via unanimous decision.[15]

Saenz faced Sirwan Kakai on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73.[16] He won the fight by split decision.[17]

Saenz next faced Urijah Faber on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194.[18] He lost the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Saenz faced Eddie Wineland on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[20] He lost the fight via TKO at the 1:54 mark of the third round.[21]

Saenz next faced Augusto Mendes on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[22] He lost the fight by split decision.[23] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[24]

Saenz faced promotional newcomer Merab Dvalishvili at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega on December 9, 2017.[25] He won the fight by split decision.[26]

Saenz faced Henry Briones on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[27] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[28]

Saenz was expected to face Song Yadong on November 23, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 141.[29] 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.[30]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Teixeira vs. Saint Preux". UFC.com. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Frankie Saenz tapology". tapology.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Frankie Saenz - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "UFC Fighter Rankings". UFC.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/FrankieSaenz/status/341424703279337472. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "World Fighting Federation 7 results". wffmma.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "World Fighting Federation 8 results". wffmma.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  8. ^ "Frankie Saenz road to the top". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Frankie Saenz makes debut at UFC Fight Night 47". mymmanews.com. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  10. ^ "Welcome to the UFC, Frankie Saenz and Nolan Ticman". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night 47 results, photos: Frankie Saenz cruises past Nolan Ticman". MMAjunkie. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 55 lineup finalized with Aljamain Sterling vs. Frankie Saenz". MMAjunkie. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  13. ^ "Aljamain Sterling vs. Frankie Saenz Fight Cancelled, Saenz injured". MMA MAD. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  14. ^ "Iuri Alcantara vs. Frankie Saenz added to UFC Fight Night 61 in Brazil". MMA core. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  15. ^ "UFC Fight Night 61 results: 7-1 underdog Frankie Saenz upsets Iuri Alcantara". MMAjunkie. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  16. ^ Staff (2015-07-02). "Sirwan Kakai vs. Frankie Saenz official for UFC Fight Night 73". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  17. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-08-08). "UFC Fight Night 73 results: Frankie Saenz edges Sirwan Kakai by split decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
  18. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-09-03). "Bantamweights Urijah Faber, Frankie Saenz to meet at UFC 194 on Dec. 12". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  19. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-12-12). "UFC 194 results: Urijah Faber takes hard-fought decision over game Frankie Saenz". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  20. ^ Chris Sosa (2016-05-03). "Chicago-area firefighter seeks another UFC win at United Center". redeyechicago.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  21. ^ Jonathan Bradley (2016-07-23). "Eddie Wineland finishes Frankie Saez with vicious third-round TKO". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  22. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2016-12-20). "Frankie Saenz vs. Augusto Mendes added to UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 103 bonuses: Rodriguez, Oleynik, Mendes, Saenz pocket $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  25. ^ Staff (2017-10-26). "Frankie Saenz vs. Merab Dvalishvili added to UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  26. ^ "UFC Fight Night 123 results: Frankie Saenz outworks Merab Dvalishvili for split decision". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  27. ^ Staff (2018-03-13). "Henry Briones-Frankie Saenz set for UFC debut in Chile". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  28. ^ "UFC Fight Night 129 results: Relentless Frankie Saenz grinds out Henry Briones". MMAjunkie. 2018-05-19. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  29. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-10-16). "Rising star Song Yadong faces Frankie Saenz during UFC Beijing". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-10-16. (in Dutch)
  30. ^ DNA, MMA. "Chinese Team Alpha Male vechters maken opwachting tijdens UFC Beijing". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  31. ^ Sherdog.com. "Frankie Saenz MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-07.

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