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Ligero Division

Activo

"Moggly"

Gabriel Benitez

Ligero Division

23-12-0 (W-L-D)

9

Wins by Knockout

10

Wins by Submission

12

First Round Finishes

Gabriel Benitez

athlete record

Info

Learn more about Gabriel Benitez's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Activo
Hometown
Tijuana, México
Trains at
AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) San Jose
Fighting style
Striker
Age
35
Height
68.00
Weight
155.00
Octagon Debut
Nov. 15, 2014
Reach
71.00
Leg reach
40.50
  • Team Velasquez on TUF LATAM
     
  • Pro since 2007
     
  • Nine wins by KO, ten by submission (2 RNC, Kimura, 3 armbar, 4 guillotine)
     
  • 12 first round finishes
     
  • Has won five of his last 11
     
  • Lost 2008 bout to UFC vet Yaotzin Meza
     
  • Nickname comes from the Jungle Book character Mowgli. He used to have long hair, so he looked like the character.

UFC Fight Night (1/13/24) Benitez was submitted by Jim Miller via neck crank at 3:25 of the third round 

UFC on ESPN (8/13/22) Benitez stopped Charlie Ontiveros via strikes at 3:35 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (2/19/22) Benitez was knocked out by David Onama at 4:24 of the first round

UFC on ESPN (7/17/21) Benitez was stopped by Billy Quarantillo via strikes at 3:40 of the third round

UFC on ESPN (12/5/20) Benitez stopped Justin Jaynes via strikes at 4:06 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (5/13/20) Benitez lost a three round unanimous decision to Omar Morales

UFC 241 (8/17/19) Benitez was stopped by Sodiq Yusuff via strikes at 4:14 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (5/19/18) Benitez knocked out Humberto Bandenay at :39 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (12/9/17) Benitez won a three round unanimous decision over Jason Knight

UFC 211 (5/13/17) Benitez lost a three round unanimous decision to Enrique Barzola

UFC Fight Night (9/17/16) Benitez submitted Sam Sicilia via guillotine choke at 1:20 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (11/21/15) Benitez was knocked out by Andre Fili at 3:13 of the first round

UFC 188 (6/13/15) Benitez won a three round unanimous decision over Clay Collard

UFC 180 (11/15/14) Benitez submitted Humberto Brown via guillotine choke at :30 of the third round

 

TUF LATAM

On episode 12 (semifinals), Benitez lost a three round unanimous decision to Leonardo Morales

On episode two (quarterfinals), Benitez submitted Diego Rivas via rear naked choke at 3:42 of the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was 18 years old

What ranks and titles have you held? UWC 155 champion, XFL 155 Champion, XK 155 Champion, LFM 155 Champion

Do you have any heroes? My Dad

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s the dream of every fighter…

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? N/A

What was your job before you started fighting? I was a promoter for a soda company. I went to the supermarkets and arranged product.
Favorite grappling technique: Guillotine

Favorite Striking technique: Flying knees