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Benny Urquidez

  • Benny Urquidez

    Benny Urquidez

    Benny Urquidez

  • Бенни Уркидес

    Бенни Уркидес

    Бенни Уркидес

  • Бенни Уркидес «Реактивный»

    Бенни Уркидес «Реактивный»

    Benny Urquidez The Jet

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"Benny Urquidez Reactive"


 Benny Urquidez  June 10, 1952, California, USA - kickboxing champion, professional, director of combat stunts for film and film actor.  He received the nickname "Jet" (The Jet).  At the dawn of his career, he participated in contactless karate fights, then became a pioneer in contact martial arts in the United States.  Between 1974 and 1993  spent 53 battles, and not losing in any of them.  In 1978, Black Belt magazine awarded Urkides the title of Fighter of the Year.  Benny Urquidez was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  His father was a professional boxer, and his mother was engaged in wrestling.  The origin is mixed: there are Spanish (Basque) roots, and also has a relationship with the black-footed, American Indians.  He started boxing at the age of 3, and from the age of 5 he performed in the ring.  At the age of 8, he began to study martial arts (Bill Ruisaki is considered the first teacher).  At age 14, he received a black belt, which in the 1960s.  it was very unusual in itself.  By 1964, he gained a reputation as a very colorful fighter.

 “Other kids had toy cars,” says Urquidez.  “And I have boxing gloves.”

 At the 1973 international championship, in one of the greatest contactless fights, he defeated John Natividad.  In 1974, he performed in England and Belgium as part of the American team of Ed Parker.  In the same 1974 he abandoned the non-contact style, took part in the World Martial Arts Championship and won there.  Over the 20 years of his professional career, he performed in different versions of kickboxing (NKL, WPKO, PKA, WKA, AJKBA, KATOGI, NJPW and MTN) and achieved a record number of victories of 63 (although some sources give the number of 58 victories, as well as 57 victories)  .  For 27 years (and, according to other sources, 24 years) he held the world title in kickboxing and left the ring undefeated.

“I always didn’t care if I won or lost, perished, or I survived.  Every morning, waking up, I say to myself: "Today is not a bad day to die."  I'm not afraid of death, that's why I fought everywhere, wherever possible and by any rules.  For example, if someone told me that in a fight with a Muay Thai master I have no chance, I immediately flew to Thailand and won fights with any local fighters according to their rules.  I always liked and still like fights.  Most athletes enter the ring with shouts: “Now I’m pulling your hands out!” - but it always seemed to me that if a person needs to get himself so done before the fight, then he has no place in the ring.  There is no place for fear in my life.  If I’m not afraid to die, will I really be afraid of my opponent? ”

 Benny unofficially left the big sport, having won six league titles.  Back in the early 80s, the holder of four top kickboxing titles, Benny Urquidez, nicknamed Reactive, defied the eminent Ray Leonard, nicknamed Sugar.  Urquidez, who first became the world champion back in 1974, won victories in all fights during his career and, as Black Belt wrote about him, “he combines the grace of a cat with the power of a dragon-killer.”  Reactive became famous for turning American-born kickboxing into an international sport, fought under the auspices of all existing organizations according to all existing rules, and invariably won.  He also became the first American to defeat Asian masters in their land - in Japan, Thailand and other Asian countries he easily defeated representatives of all directions, schools and styles, regardless of the rules by which they worked.  Moreover, Urquidez, who weighs 72 kg with a height of 168 cm, has repeatedly fought with rivals who far surpassed him in height and weight.

Officially, it is believed that Benny Urkides carried out 63 (or 58) fights (according to unofficial data on his account at least 200 fights and 0 defeats).  Although some are skeptical of such an impeccable track record.  There are at least 3 “dark spots” in the history of the victories of Urquidez in the ring.  The first is a duel in Los Angeles in March 1977 against Muay Thai fighter Narongnoy Kiatbandit.  In round 9, Urquidez was on the floor, and the fight without explanation was recorded in the “no result” category.  The second is the battle in Tokyo on August 2, 1978.  The video of the match shows that the victory by the decision of the judges is gained by the rival of Urquidez - the Thai fighter Sittibunlert.  In his later interviews, Urkides said that he was condemned and the match went wrong (5 rounds were announced and 6 were held; gloves were too big; the fight was considered indicative).  Some sources put forward the version that the duel even ended after the seconds of Urkides threw a white towel into the ring.  The third dark spot in Urquidez' career is a fight with Billy Jackson, which took place in the US state of Florida in the summer of 1980.  The battle ended without announcing the result.  Urquidez later stated that the rules of the bout were violated (instead of 6 scheduled rounds, 7 + poor refereeing and fouls were held).  All three controversial fights were later recorded in the category of fights "without the announcement of the result."

 Urquidez starred in two dozen films, mainly about martial arts.  He first appeared on screen in the movie Force: Five (1981) featuring Joe Lewis and Richard Norton.  He later played the “bad guys” in films with Jackie Chan: “Diner on Wheels” (1984) and “Dragons Forever” (1988) Benny really enjoyed working with Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and Jackie Chan, but “Dragons Forever” was the last  a film where they were seen together.  Urkides can also be seen in an episodic role in the movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme's Street Fighter (1994).  Also, his character entered a computer game created based on the movie “Raven”.  Urkides starred in the movie "Grossing at Gross Point" (1997) as a hitman, sent to kill the hero John Cusack.  Recently, he played the role of one of the ghosts in the film "1408" (2007), also with the participation of Cusack.  In real life, Urkides is a kickboxing coach for John Cusack.

 "When the famous final duel between my hero and the hero of Jackie Chan was shot in the Diner on Wheels, Jackie told me:" This scene must be so powerful, so spectacular that the audience in the hall gets out of their seats. "  We parted with him so much that we did not notice how we began to peel each other for real.  Honestly - so dispersed that they no longer paid attention to anything.  Jackie is a great kung fu master, it’s very pleasant and easy to work with, but even he understands that if we fought really, this fight would end rather quickly and rather sadly for one of us (well, certainly not for me) ”  .