Originally posted on MMA Manifesto  |  Last updated 9/20/12

Joseph Benavidez


5'4" 125 lbs (Flyweight)
65" reach, Southpaw
July 31, 1984


16-2 (UFC: 3-0)

Current Streak

4 straight wins (3 straight in the UFC)



Championships Held



- very quick
- great wrestler
- extremely physically strong
- superb submission skills
- very good striker with good power
- has never been finished in a fight
- has only lost to one man in his whole career
- used to beating much bigger opponents
- very experienced
- great gas tank
- great at passing guard
- excellent striking defense
- very good mixing kicks into his attack
- trains with one of the best lighter weight camps in the world


- horribly inaccurate striker (32%)
- has never won "the big one" (0-1 in title fights)
- horrible takedown accuracy and takedown defense
- doesn't land many strikes in the clinch or on the ground
- hasn't fought frequently the past two years (two fights/year)


The UFC's flyweight division feels like it was created specifically with Joe Jitsu in mind.  He should have UFC gold around his waist very shortly.

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