A Mexican mixed martial artist, Gabriel Benitez currently competes in the featherweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was the lightweight contestant of The UFC Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.
As of 2021, his MMA record is 21 wins with 6 knockouts, 10 submissions, and 3 decision, out of 25 professional fights.
Gabriel Benitez's Net Worth and Endorsement
Benitez's has earned his wealth widely through his professional MMA Career. As of 2021, his main source of income is UFC. Nevertheless, the exact figure of his net worth is still under review.
Through his first UFC fight, Benitez took home $16,000. Similarly, he got paid $20,000 for his second UFC fight. Despite losses in his third and fifth UFC fights, he received $14,000 and $16,500 respectively.
From his 4th UFC fight, he earned $26,500. At UFC 123, he received $14,000 show cash plus $14,000 win bonus.
Gabriel's UFC career earnings is reported to be around $300,000.
Gabriel Benitez's Relationship and Affair; Is he Married?
Gabriel Benitez, 33, is a happily married man. He exchanged the wedding vows with his long-time girlfriend on 19th February 2011. However, he has not disclosed much information about his wife.
As of 2019, it’s almost 8 years of their married even though their relationship is going smoothly without any new and rumors of an extra-marital affair, conflict, and divorce.
Gabriel Benitez's Early Life and Family
Gabriel Benitez was born on 15th June of 1988, in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. His birth sign is Gemini. Regarding his nationality, he is Mexican.
Not much known about his past life such as his childhood, parents, and education background, he is a private person. At the age of eighteen, Benitez made be began training mixed martial arts training. In addition, before he started fighting, he was a promoter for a soda company.
Gabriel Benitez's MMA Career
Since 2007, Gabriel Benitez began MMA professionally, making his debut in his home country and he recorded a 16-4 before signing to UFC.
The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1
In April 2014, Benitez got selected as one of the members of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1, UFC The Ultimate Fighter television series, under Team Cain Velasquez. Later, in the elimination round, he submitted Diego Rivas by rear-naked choke in the second round. He next faced Leonardo Morales in the semifinals and got defeated by unanimous decision.
On 15th November 2014, Benitez made his UFC debut against Humberto Brown, at UFC 180. He recorded his victory in his debut fight via guillotine choke in the third round. His Second UFC fight came against Clay Collard at UFC 188, on 13th June 2015. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
He next faced Andre Fili at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America Finale: Magny vs. Gastelum on 21st November 2015. He got defeated via KO in the first round.
On his fourth appearance for UFC night, he took on Sam Sicilia on 17th September 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs, Johnson. He won the fight through guillotine choke in the second round.
On 13th May 2017, Benitez was defeated by Enrique Barzola at UFC 211 via unanimous decision in round three. Following his loss, he made his comeback at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega against Jason Knight, on 9th December 2017. He won the fight via unanimous decision in the third round.
As per now, he is expected to face Humberto Bandenay at UFC Fight Night 129, on 9th May 2018. On August 17, 2019, he was defeated by Sodiq Yusuff at UFC 241 via TKO in round one.
He has since then fought three times and won only once.