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#12 Lightweight Division


"God of War"

Benoît Saint Denis

Lightweight Division

13-2-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Benoît Saint Denis

athlete record


Learn more about Benoît Saint-Denis' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Nîmes, France
Trains at
Venum Training Camp Paris
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Oct. 30, 2021
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2019

  • Four wins by KO, nine by submission (2 arm triangle, kneebar, armbar, 2 guillotine, 3 RNC)

  • Seven first round finishes

  • Origin of nickname: “I was in the French Special Forces for five years.”

UFC 299 (3/9/24) Saint Denis was knocked out by Dustin Poirier at 2:32 of the second round

UFC 295 (11/11/23) Saint Denis knocked out Matt Frevola at 1:31 of the first round 

UFC Fight Night (9/2/23) Saint Denis stopped Thiago Moises via strikes at 4:44 of the second round

UFC on ESPN (7/1/23) Saint Denis submitted Ismael Bonfim via rear naked choke at 4:48 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (9/3/22) Saint Denis stopped Gabriel Miranda via strikes at 0:16 of the second round 

UFC Fight Night (6/4/22) Saint Denis submitted Niklas Stolze via rear naked choke at 1:32 of the second round

UFC 267 (10/30/21) Saint Denis lost a three round unanimous decision to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started in 2017 for fun to be a better SAS Operator. I ended up falling in love with fighting.

What ranks and titles have you held? Brave CF Number 1 Title Contender at super lightweight.

Do you have any heroes? Napoleon

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s the opportunity for me to prove I belong there, and to fight the best fighters.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I have a Scientific High School certificate (BAC S)

What was your job before you started fighting? I was in the military - French Special Forces SAS

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? French National Champ in BJJ

Favorite grappling technique: All submissions

Favorite Striking technique: Mixing all techniques