UFC and WEC flyweight veteran Joseph Benavidez has retired from MMA after over a decade of competition at a high level, per a report from Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie.
Benavidez, 37, reportedly removed himself from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency testing pool, making him ineligible to compete in the UFC. He was withdrawn from the promotion’s online roster on Wednesday as well.
Benavidez has yet to comment on the news. Megan Olivi, UFC broadcaster and wife of Benavidez, posted a relevant update via social media.
“Retirement adventures are gonna be fun,” said Olivi in a Tweet that Benavidez was tagged in.
The majority of Benavidez’s career has come against some of the top 125-pound fighters in the sport.
Benavidez turned pro in 2006 and made his debut on a big stage two years later when competing for DREAM.
Benavidez joined WEC in 2008, where he would attain five wins and two losses. Both defeats came against Dominick Cruz, with one of the bouts being a title fight.
Benavidez joined the UFC roster in 2010 after WEC merged with the promotion.
He would compete on the UFC roster for a decade, challenging for the UFC Flyweight Championship four times during his career.
Benavidez has fought 19 times at flyweight in the UFC, more than anyone else in the history of the division.
Benavidez is retiring after a three-fight losing streak over the past year-and-a-half. He lost twice in 2020, being finished in title fights by Deiveson Figueiredo.
His last fight was in March of 2021, where undefeated prospect Askar Askarov earned a unanimous decision win over him.