We came across an interesting article about Joseph Benavidez while doing research into the background of the fighter. We have summarized it below but be sure to click the link above if you are interested in learning more about this fighter!
We were proud to have former MMA and UFC star Joseph Benavidez and his wife, Mega Olivi, work with us. Bartholomew Photography had the pleasure of taking the headshots of the beloved couple after one of our long-term clients gave them a top-tier recommendation. We were thrilled to have them join our growing family of satisfied customers.
When the couple first came into the office, they gave us an overview of the type of photos they were going for and what it meant to them. Our goal was to keep them actively participating throughout the creative process to deliver something we all loved.
With the help of our head custom designer, we recommended the ideal outfits that would match their personality individually and as a couple. Our head photographer was responsible for playing around with the colors and backdrops to fulfill their dreams.
The Photoshoot Session
So how do you take a business headshot for a former MMA and UFC fighter? Our head photographer had it all worked out. He decided to go with a white backdrop for some headshots and took the rest against a pink one. The photographer also uniquely considered the bright backgrounds to symbolize a new beginning chapter in Benavidez’s life.
The custom designer chose a blue shirt was recommended to the fighter for the photo shoot. The shirt’s color was also an excellent choice because its unconventional and unique contrast to the pink ground shone a light on the different path he was starting.
We used fairly even lighting during the session to set a calm mood reflecting this new chapter. The lighting was ideal for an extra creative edge, making his personality glow and promoting better emotional connections in the photos.
Here is a fun look at Joseph Benavidez’s life, career, marriage, and accomplishments.
Joseph Benavidez is one of the most successful mixed martial artists stars in the UFC flyweight division. Before his retirement, Benavidez had an impressive record of 28 wins to 8 losses, which says a lot about his determination and drive to achieve greatness.
However, before Benavidez became a revered MMA star, the Texan started as a front desk representative for Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male Gym. During this time, he showed interest in mixed martial arts and demonstrated impressive skills in the sport. After entering his first fight, Benavidez emerged victorious and was quickly signed by World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).
His signing set the mark for the start of a brilliant and successful career in the UFC. During his 13-year run, Joseph became one of the most well-paid fighters in the flyweight division and the UFC. He stood 5 feet 4 inches tall and led the fighters under the 125 pounds category.
Benavidez declared his retirement from the sport in the fall of 2023. He was already considering retiring when he was prepared for his final UFC match against Askar Askarov in March.
Benavidez stated in an interview with ESPN that he was letting his retirement linger even though he knew he would not go on fighting. In addition, he also thought that his fighting career was losing its appeal and wanted to start a new journey of exploration. Joseph thought his feelings and attitude towards the end of his fight with Askarov provided all the information he required to decide to give up fighting and retire.
Despite having fought in more than 30 fights, he realized it was time to call it quits on what would end up being his last one. So, Benavidez decided to end his career with the full support of his loving wife, Megan Olivi.
They are both excited about all the new adventures awaiting them in this next chapter.
To keep his life headed in the right direction, Joseph took an interest in MMA fighting. That is when he decided to join Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male Gym, owned by veteran fighter Urijah Faber. His hard work and determination paved the way for his incredible success.
Marriage To Megan Olivi
Considering that Megan Olivi was an MMA and UFC reporter for Fox Sports, and they both worked in Vegas, they were destined to cross paths. In 2009, they met in Mandalay Bay, where Joseph had traveled with some of his MMA fighters and Olivi with her best friends. Since their interaction, their chemistry was more than apparent, and in 2015, they two got married. The couple has been inseparable ever since.
Megan Olivi has years of experience as a sports reporter. She covered UFC fights for Fox Sports and hosted segments at FoxSports.com. She also briefly worked as a Fox News social media reporter covering the San Diego Padres. She later returned to UFC and MMA sports reporting because she loved it. She currently hosts “The Ultimate Insider” on Fox Sports 1 and continues covering UFC events.
The couple lives harmoniously in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite not having children, they are proud parents to their dog, Ben. The two are delighted to have the freedom to eat anything they want and have supported each other throughout their careers and now their new chapter in life.
On Instagram, Joseph Benavidez has more than 144,000 followers. The platform has become integral to his connection and support from fans. He frequently communicates about his new adventures and his family life. The cute home video sessions with his wife Megan and Ben the dog can keep you entertained on a lazy afternoon. Follow Joseph by going to @joejitsu on Instagram.
The headshot session with Joseph Benavidez and his wife, Megan Olivi, was a great experience. Our team was more than delighted to work with them, and (Studio Name) is glad they chose us and enjoyed our work. We look forward to where their careers take them!