Joseph Benavidez is an American MMA fighter who began fighting in the UFC in March 2011 following a merger of his original platform World Extreme Cagefighting with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Benavidez fights out of Sacramento, California in the flyweight division. Also known as Joe B-Wan Kenobi, Benavidez has won a handful of championships and accomplishments. He has once been ranked at #4 in the flyweight division.
Joseph Benavidez’ Bio
Benavidez was born on the 31st of July 1984, in San Antonio, Texas, United States. As his face already gives away, he is of Mexican descent. He grew up in New Mexico and attended Las Cruces High School. At the high school, Benavidez began training in boxing and later in wrestling.
To support himself financially as a young boy, Benavidez worked as a screen painter while aspiring to become a professional MMA fighter. In order to fast-track his hopes, Benavidez in January 2007 traveled to Los Angeles with hopes of meeting Urijah Faber, the MMA fighter who was at the time making waves in the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion. Benavidez had hoped he could impress Faber with his fighting skills enough to get a spot on his team.
Unable to locate Faber’s gym upon reaching LA, Benavidez instead chose to fight at a random gym in Roseville after which impressed watchers directed him on how to meet Faber who equally impressed with his performance. Faber offered him a job at the front desk of his gym and a happy Benavidez returned to New Mexico to bring his belongings to LA.
Joseph Benavidez fought his way up the ranks from small promotions before getting signed by the World Extreme Cagefighting in 2008. The rest, as they say, is history.
Joseph Benavidez has made the bulk of his money from fighting professionally. Though it isn’t exactly clear how much he earns per fight, credible sources estimate his net worth to float around $2 million.
Wife (Megan Olivi)
Joseph Benavidez is married to the very lovely Megan Olivi. The couple has been married since the 9th of October, 2015. Megan Olivi is a reporter and journalist who works for Fox Sports 1 as the host of UFC Ultimate Insider, a weekly American sports television magazine show that profiles the MMA athletes. She also covers and reports on mixed martial arts events.
Olivi was born on August 29th in New Jersey as the youngest child in her family and was raised in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Megan Olivi was a very vibrant child who excelled in academics as well as athletics. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seton Hall University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Her history with FOX dates back to her intern year when she worked at Fox News Channel. While there, Olivi was able to work with Megyn Kelly during the 2008 United States presidential election. Upon graduation, Megan decided to focus on camera broadcasting with hopes of making it a lifetime career.
She chose Fordham University to study for a masters degree in mass communication. Nine months after enrolling, Megan Olivi graduated with Cum Laude with honors. Megan’s first job to cover the combat sports came after she had earned her master’s degree. She relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to be closer to all things MMA. She became the co-host of Fight Night, a UFC preshow.
It wasn’t long before FOX Sports came calling for her services. In addition to covering MMA events for the network, she also wrote columns for the station’s online platform. Fox 6 News San Diego in February 2013 would make her a correspondent, Social Media Reporter as well as the host and producer of a weekly magazine show called “Padres POV.”
With all that wealth of experience, Benavidez’s wife returned to Las Vegas to continue covering the UFC. Besides knowing the history of MMA fighters, Megan has other interests – she was one of the final telecast judges at the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant.
An animal lover, Megan enjoys hiking with their dog. In early 2018, the couple served as the host of The Animal Foundation’s 2018 Best in Show as co-chairs. Mrs. Benavidez also enjoys running, yoga, and cooking.
Joseph Benavidez, according to his profile on the official UFC website stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (1.62m) tall. He weighs 125 lb (56 kg), has a reach of 65 inches and a long reach of 36 inches.