Originally launched back in early 2010, FORM Athletics has been synonymous with “The California Kid” Urijah Faber since its early inception in the fight world. Adding another talented member to the squad, which currently includes Faber and UFC Middleweight star Mark Munoz, top WEC Bantamweight contender Joseph Benavidez has also been officially added to the FORM Athletics fight team. A training partner of Faber’s, and a key member of Team Alpha Male, Benavidez is next in line to face current champ Dominick Cruz for the Bantamweight belt at WEC 50 on August 18, 2010.
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Scroll down below for the press release regarding Benavidez’s addition to the FORM Athletics team.
FORM Athletics Welcomes Joseph Benavidez
Laguna Beach, CA – July 6, 2010- FORM Athletics is proud to announce the addition of WEC Bantamweight Joseph Benavidez to the team! FORM Athletics CEO and founder Mark Miller says, “We are all very excited to have Joseph join FORM Athletics. Joseph, like Urijah and Mark Munoz, exemplifies what FORM is all about – he is a great athlete, role model and fighter. To have a person of his caliber represent our company is a testament to what we do. We also wish Joseph the best of luck in his fight for the title on August 18th.”
Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1984, Benavidez was raised with a strong sense of family, which he still maintains today. Attending Las Cruces High School in New Mexico, Benavidez started wrestling and immediately excelled. Benavidez wrestled varsity for 4 years and, in 2000, became the State Wrestling Champion of New Mexico at 103 lbs during his sophomore year. He enjoyed the singular nature of his skills & will making it happen, and it started him thinking about ways to use his body and athleticism to make a living – much like the actors and athletes he idealized on television. He sometimes daydreamed of becoming a Hollywood stuntman. MMA turned out to be the perfect combination of everything Benavidez dreamt of.
Determination, and the fortuitous cancellation of a flight in 2007, led to a meeting between Benavidez and Urijah Faber, followed by a move to Sacramento, California. Unbelievably driven to make his dream a reality, Benavidez began training day and night. After fighting with smaller US-based promotions, Benavidez was offered a fight with Norifumi Yamamoto by Japanese MMA-promoter Dream in July 2008, where he was instead matched against Junya Kudo whom he defeated by guillotine choke submission. Benavidez was then signed by the WEC on December 3, 2008.
“Joseph Benavidez is,” as Urijah Faber puts it, “One of the most exciting fighters in the world. His style both inside and outside of the Octagon is entertaining and unique. The mix of explosive standup, dangerous submissions and his wrestling pedigree are all the reason he’s been wrecking shop at the Bantam weight class.” Benavidez has racked up many wins, such as the TKO of Rani Yahya at WEC 45 and recent defeat of former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres by submission (and Guillotine choke).
Joseph is proud to be part of the WEC and passionate about being “part of an elite group that will one day be considered the pioneers of the Bantamweight Division, every day setting the standard for future fighters through hard work and dedication, and with every fight raising the bar and leaving my mark on the history of this sport.” Benavidez draws a lot of inspiration from his family and seeks to continually bring them happiness and pride. When not training, he has an array of hobbies, including volleyball, bowling, golf, thrift shopping, movies…and a rather random music collection spanning Al Green to Elvis.
On joining the FORM Athletics crew, Benavidez says, “I love the group of people involved with FORM. It means a lot to have such a great brand have the faith in me to represent them. It’s also exciting because I think I am perfect to represent the brands style and what they stand for. I love the look of the clothes being casual, compared to so aggressive like most fight clothing, and I think that’s what will set us apart.”
Joseph Benavidez, we welcome you to the FORM Athletics family!