Joseph Benavidez has retired.
A longtime contender, Benavidez (28-8 MMA, 19-7 UFC) has hung up his gloves after 36 authentic MMA fights – 26 of which came in the UFC. A staple of the UFC flyweight division’s greater echelon, Benavidez challenged for the 125-pound title on four events – twice in opposition to Demetrious Johnson and twice in opposition to Deiveson Figueiredo.
MMA Junkie verified the news with more than in point of fact apt one of us terminate to the trouble, who requested anonymity because Benavidez has but to formally invent the announcement. Per sources, Benavidez on the spot the UFC to choose away him from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) checking out pool.
Benavidez’s companion, UFC correspondent Megan Olivi, subsequently confirmed the news on social media (by the employ of Twitter):
Retirement adventures are gonna be relaxing ☺️👑❤️ My King Perpetually @JoeJitsu
— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) September 15, 2021
UFC president Dana White offered a command to ESPN on Benavidez’s retirement.
“Joe Benavidez has been a pillar of the lighter weight divisions for years,” White stated. “Since becoming a member of WEC in 2008 and then UFC in 2011, he’s faded his unstoppable tempo and injurious guillotine to dwell on the tip of two divisions for 13 years. … His story battles with (Dominick) Cruz, (Demetrious) Johnson and (Henry) Cejudo will never be forgotten. He used to be a constant authentic and carried himself in a procedure that demanded appreciate from his peers.”
Benavidez, 37, exits the UFC after three straight losses. He most currently competed at UFC 259 in March when he used to be defeated by Askar Aksarov by the employ of unanimous decision.
In June 2006, Benavidez made his authentic MMA debut on the California regional scene. With an 8-0 document in July 2008, Benavidez made his WEC debut with a unanimous decision gain over Danny Martinez. He’d lumber 5-2 in WEC alongside with his finest losses coming by a unanimous and a sever up decision in opposition to Dominick Cruz.
Upon the UFC-WEC merger in 2011, Benavidez made his promotional debut at UFC 128 in opposition to Ian Loveland, a bout he obtained by the employ of unanimous decision. Two fights later, he dropped to flyweight for the promotion’s four-man tournament for the inaugural title. After a gain over Yasuhiro Urushitani, Benavidez misplaced a sever up decision to Demetrious Johnson in the promotion’s first flyweight title fight.
Three more wins returned Benavidez to discipline Johnson in December 2013. In that fight, “Mighty Mouse” knocked out Benavidez in 2: 08. Following the bout, Benavidez obtained six straight sooner than a sever up decision loss to Sergio Pettis in June 2018.
Victories over Alex Perez, Dustin Ortiz, and Jussier Formiga earned Benavidez one other title shot after Henry Cejudo, a fighter he defeated in 2016, vacated the championship. Benavidez used to be accomplished with strikes by Deiveson Figueiredo. Nonetheless, since Figueiredo disregarded weight, an instantaneous rematch for the vacant title used to be booked. In July 2020, Benavidez misplaced the rematch by the employ of first-round submission.
Benavidez holds the document for heaps of knockout wins in UFC flyweight historical past (13) and shares the document with Johnson for heaps of wins total in the historical past of the weight class (13). His four fight-night time bonuses for 125-pound bouts putrid 2d all-time on the encourage of Johnson (9).