|Born||August 25, 1989|
San Diego, California, United States
|Other names||Baby Face|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||125.5 lb (57 kg; 9 st 0 lb)|
|Reach||68 1⁄2 in (174 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Team||Janjira Muay Thai|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ryan Michale Benoit (born August 25, 1989) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2009, he has also competed for Shark Fights and the MFC. As of November 13, 2018, he is ranked #14 in the official UFC flyweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
Benoit began training in 2007 and made his professional MMA debut in May 2009. He fought extensively in his native United States and amassed a record of 7-2 before joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Benoit made his promotional debut against fellow newcomer Josh Sampo on November 30, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. He lost the back-and-forth fight via rear-naked choke submission late in the second round. Despite the loss, Benoit won a Fight of the Night bonus award for the bout.
Benoit faced Sergio Pettis on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185. After a first round in which Pettis seemed to have the upper hand, Benoit dropped Pettis with a left hook and finished him off with a flurry of ground and pound in the second round. Benoit received criticism from fans for kicking Pettis after the referee had separated the two fighters. Benoit immediately apologized for his behavior, claiming he had let his emotions get the better of him. Dana White later stated in the UFC 185 post fight press conference that the UFC wouldn't take any disciplinary actions towards Benoit, due to his immediate regret shown regarding the incident.
Benoit faced Ashkan Mokhtarian on November 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura. At the weight-ins, Benoit weight in at 129 pounds, 3 pounds over the flyweight upper limit of 126 pounds. The bout proceeded at a catchweight and Benoit forfeited 20% of his purse to Mokhtarian. Benoit won the fight via knockout due to a head kick in the third round.
On January 5, 2018 it was announced that Benoit had signed a new, four-fight contract with UFC.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||10 wins||5 losses|
|Win||10–5||Ashkan Mokhtarian||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura||November 19, 2017||3||2:38||Sydney, Australia||Catchweight (129 lbs) bout; Benoit missed weight.|
|Loss||9–5||Brandon Moreno||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale||December 3, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–4||Fredy Serrano||Decision (split)||UFC 201||July 30, 2016||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Ben Nguyen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 193||November 15, 2015||1||2:35||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||8–3||Sergio Pettis||TKO (punches)||UFC 185||March 14, 2015||2||1:34||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||7–3||Josh Sampo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate Finale||November 30, 2013||2||4:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Flyweight debut; Sampo missed weight (127.5 lbs). Fight of the Night.|
|Win||7–2||Cody Fuller||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 24||October 11, 2013||1||4:53||Dallas, Texas, United States||Catchweight (130 lbs) bout.|
|Loss||6–2||Anthony Birchak||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 37||May 10, 2013||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||6–1||Joseph Sandoval||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 16||December 14, 2012||1||1:02||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||5–1||Randy Villarreal||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 13||August 16, 2012||1||1:35||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–1||Cody Williams||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legacy FC 11||May 11, 2012||2||2:52||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–1||Matt Espinoza||TKO (punches)||Shark Fights 14: Horwich vs. Villefort||March 11, 2011||2||2:14||Lubbock, Texas, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Tim Snyder||Decision (majority)||SWC 11: Fury||June 19, 2010||3||5:00||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||2–0||Davis Sylvester||TKO (punches)||KOK 7: Judgement Day||August 29, 2009||2||2:41||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||LeJerrian Lindley||TKO (punches)||Xtreme Knockout 4||May 9, 2009||1||2:09||Arlington, Texas, United States|
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- Ben Fowlkes (November 30, 2013). "TUF 18 Finale results: Joshua Sampo taps out fellow newcomer Ryan Benoit". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- Staff (December 1, 2013). "TUF 18 Finale fighter bonuses: Ryan Benoit scores $100,000 in odd twist on fight of the night". MMAweekly.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- Staff (2014-06-06). "Ryan Benoit vs. Ray Borg added to UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
- John Morgan (2014-06-18). "Ryan Benoit out at UFC Fight Night 44, Ray Borg now meets Shane Howell". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
- C.J. Tuttle (2015-01-08). "Sergio Pettis returns to flyweight, faces Ryan Benoit at UFC 185 in Dallas". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
- Tim Burke (2015-03-14). "UFC 185 prelims results: Benoit upsets Pettis". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2015-03-14.
- Steven Marrocco and John Morgan (2015-03-15). "Despite late kick to Sergio Pettis' pants, Dana White all good with Ryan Benoit". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
- Staff (2015-09-03). "UFC 193 adds Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
- Rob Tatum (2015-07-21). "Ray Borg Injured, Fredy Serrano Now Meets Ryan Benoit at UFC 201". combatpress.com. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
- Steven Marrocco (2015-05-24). "UFC 201 results: Ryan Benoit takes split call from unorthodox Fredy Serrano". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
- Danny Segura (2016-10-26). "Brandon Moreno vs. Ryan Benoit added to TUF 24 Finale in December". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-03). "TUF 24 Finale results: Brandon Moreno survives knockdown, takes split call from Ryan Benoit". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Dann Stupp (2017-08-16). "Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian added to UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
- "UFC Fight Night 121 official weigh-in results: Headliner set, but four fighters heavy". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-18. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
- "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Patient Ryan Benoit KOs Ashkan Mokhtarian with head kick in third". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
- Ariel Helwani (January 5, 2018). "Ryan Benoit signs new four-fight contract with UFC". mmafighting.com.
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