American mixed martial artist

DeAnna Bennett (born November 18, 1984),[1] is an American mixed martial artist who competed in the Strawweight division[3] in Invicta FC since 2014.[1]


Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Bennett wrestled for American High School before graduating in 2002. She credits her “being a fat kid” for motivating her to join a kickboxing gym to stay in shape, and eventually competing in Muay Thai kickboxing.

After a short amateur MMA career in 2011, Bennett made her professional MMA debut in February 2012 for Showdown Fights. She competed for the promotion four times over the next two years, winning all of her bouts. Notably beating stand outs Sharon Jacobson, Colleen Schneider and Julianna Peña respectively.[citation needed]

Invicta FC[edit]

Bennett made her Invicta FC debut on September 6, 2014, at Invicta FC 8, where she defeated Michelle Ould by TKO in the second round.[4]

In her second fight for the promotion, Bennett faced Jennifer Maia on December 5, 2014, at Invicta FC 10. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[5]

Bennett next faced Norma Rueda Center on February 27, 2015, at Invicta FC 11.[6] She again won the fight by unanimous decision.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In August 2017, it was announced that Bennett would be one of the fighters featured on The Ultimate Fighter 26, where the process to crown the UFC’s inaugural 125-pound women’s champion will take place. Bennett was selected seventh by coach Eddie Alvarez.[7] She faced Karine Gevorgyan in the opening round and won via TKO in the first round.[8] In the quarter finals Bennett faced Sijara Eubanks losing via first round knockout.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Bennett faced Melinda Fábián on December 1, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion#The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale.[10] The fight ended as a majority draw and Bennett was subsequently released from the promotion.[11]

Return to Invicta[edit]

Bennett returned to Invicta to face Karina Rodríguez on March 24, 2018 at Invicta FC 28: Morandin vs. Jandiroba.[12] She won the fight by split decision. Bennett then entered a flyweight tournament where she defeated Miranda Maverick by unanimous decision but lost in the final in a rematch against Karina Rodriguez. Bennett will then enter the next Invicta flyweight tournament, Phoenix Series 2.


Bennett made her promotional debut against Liz Carmouche at Bellator 246 on September 12, 2020.[13] She lost the bout via a rear-naked choke submission in the third round.

Personal life[edit]

Bennett was born in Fremont, California but currently lives in Utah and shares split custody of her dog Atlas, an American Staffordshire Terrier and Cane Corso mix.

She worked at Vivint Home Security as a Smart Home Pro in the Channel Partner Department of the Inside Sales Department at the corporate headquarters in Provo, UT.

See also[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]


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  • ^ “Undefeated Deanna Bennett Rocketing towards Invicta FC Flyweight Title”. MMA Weekly. Retrieved 2015-02-19.
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  • ^ “Invicta FC 10 Results: DeAnna Bennett Earns Decision Win Over Jennifer Maia”. SI. Retrieved 2015-02-26.
  • ^ “Invicta’s Deanna Bennett Talks Julianna Pena Weight Cutting and Water Polo”. Vice. Retrieved 2015-02-26.
  • ^ “Meet ‘The Ultimate Fighter 26’ cast: DeAnna Bennett, who used water polo to get to MMA”. MMAjunkie. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  • ^ “TUF 26 results: DeAnna Bennett grounds Karine Gevorgyan to pick up TKO victory”. MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  • ^ “The Ultimate Fighter 26, Episode 9 results: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Emily Whitmire, DeAnna Bennett vs. Sijara Eubanks”. MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  • ^ “DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian added to TUF 26 Finale – MMA Mad”. MMA Mad. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  • ^ “TUF 26 Finale results: Melinda Fabian nearly KOs DeAnna Bennett, who grinds way to majority draw”. MMAjunkie. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  • ^ “Seven fights announced for Invicta FC 28, including debut of Pearl Gonzalez”. MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  • ^ “Liz Carmouche vs. DeAnna Bennett, Campos vs. Huerta among Bellator 246 additions”. August 21, 2020.
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