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Joseph Benavidez (28-8 MMA) announced his retirement after fighting 36 professional MMA fights. Benavidez challenged for the 125-pound title on four occasions and leaves the UFC after three straight losses.
UFC correspondent Megan Olivi, Benavidez’s wife, confirmed the news on social media (via Twitter):
In June 2006, Benavidez made his professional MMA debut on the New Mexico Regional scene when he defeated Brandon Shelton. Benavidez made his WEC debut at WEC 37: Torres vs Tapiawith and won by unanimous decision against Danny Martinez. After the UFC-WEC merger back in 2011, Benavidez made his promotional debut at UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones against Ian Loveland defeating him via unanimous decision. Benavidez does hold the record for most knockout wins in UFC flyweight history with 13 and shares the record with Johnson for most wins overall in the history with 13.
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