Andrew Sanchez (born April 8, 1988) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Middleweight division. A professional competitor since 2012, he has formerly competed for the Resurrection Fighting Alliance.
|Born||April 8, 1988|
Shiloh, Illinois, United States
|Other names||El Dirte|
|Residence||Belleville, Illinois, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Team||Finney's HIT Squad|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Sanchez started training in various forms of martial arts as a teenager. He was two-time national championship wrestler at McKendree University and was named the 2011 NAIA Wrestler of the Year. He graduated in 2011 with a degree in Sociology.
Sanchez began fighting professionally in 2012 where he compiled a record of 7 - 2 on the regional circuit.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
He won his entry fight against Phil Hawes via unanimous decision. Next up, he defeated Myron Dennis via unanimous decision.
In the semifinals, he defeated Eric Spicely by knockout in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Sanchez made his promotional debut on July 8, 2016 at UFC The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in the Light Heavyweight finals against Khalil Rountree. He won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision with the score card of (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).
Sanchez was expected to face Antonio Braga Neto on August 25, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135. However, Neto was removed from the bout on August 2 for undisclosed personal issues and replaced by Markus Perez. Sanchez won the fight via unanimous decision.
Sanchez was scheduled to face David Branch on September 14, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 16. However, it was reported that Branch was forced to pull from the event due to injury and he was replaced by Marvin Vettori. However, it was reported that Sanchez was forced to pull from the event due to an eye infection, resulting the cancellation of the bout. In turn, the pairing was left intact and eventually took place a month later at UFC on ESPN+ 19. Sanchez lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||11 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||11–5||Marvin Vettori||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson||October 12, 2019||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||11–4||Marc-André Barriault||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy||May 4, 2019||3||5:00||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||10–4||Markus Perez||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick||August 25, 2018||3||5:00||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||9–4||Ryan Janes||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale||December 1, 2017||3||0:59||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Anthony Smith||KO (head kick and punches)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis||April 9, 2017||3||3:52||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||9–2||Trevor Smith||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov||December 9, 2016||3||5:00||Albany, New York, United States||Return to Middleweight.|
|Win||8–2||Khalil Rountree||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale||July 8, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 23 Light Heavyweight Tournament.|
|Win||7–2||John Poppie||TKO (spinning back fist and punches)||RFA 28||August 7, 2015||3||1:53||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Won the vacant RFA Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||6–2||Clinton Williams||TKO (punches)||RFA 26||June 5, 2015||2||1:17||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Kevin Casey||KO (punches)||RFA 15||June 6, 2014||1||2:30||Los Angeles, California, United States||For the vacant RFA Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||5–1||Miles Marshall||TKO (punches)||RFA 13||March 7, 2014||2||1:25||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||4–1||Todd Meredith||TKO (punches)||RFA 11||November 22, 2013||1||1:51||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Dustin Jacoby||Decision (split)||Capital City Cage Wars: The Uprising||March 2, 2013||3||5:00||Springfield, Illinois, United States|
|Win||3–0||Thomas Jones||TKO (punches)||TTP: Tommy Tran Promotions||November 17, 2012||1||2:57||Branson, Missouri, United States|
|Win||2–0||Darryl Cobb||Submission (rear-naked choke)||FHMMA: Fight Hard MMA||August 18, 2012||1||4:33||St. Charles, Missouri, United States|
|Win||1–0||Edward Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CC 38: Cage Championships 38||June 23, 2012||1||1:42||Sullivan, Missouri, United States|
- "Andrew Sanchez". ufc.com. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
- Damon Martin (2016-04-06). "Cast revealed for 'The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia'". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
- Staff (2016-07-06). "Friday's TUF 23 Finale lineup set with Rountree-Sanchez, Cooper-Suarez tourney finals". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
- "'El Dirte' Dominates Rountree, Win TUF 23 Final". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- "Andrew Sanchez suffocates Khalil Rountree in shutout victory | FOX Sports". FOX Sports. 2016-07-09. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
- Staff (2016-10-20). "'El Dirte' vs. 'Hot Sauce': Andrew Sanchez vs. Trevor Smith set for UFC Fight Night 102". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-09). "UFC Fight Night 102 results: Andrew Sanchez tags Trevor Smith early, earns clean sweep on cards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
- Staff (2017-02-11). "UFC heads to Kansas City for first time for UFC on FOX 24". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
- Steven Marrocco (2017-04-15). "UFC on FOX 24 results: Anthony Smith turns tables on Andrew Sanchez late, wins by KO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
- Tristen Critchfield (2017-08-30). "Andrew Sanchez vs. Ryan Janes booked for 'TUF 26' Finale on Dec. 1". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
- "TUF 26 Finale results: Ryan Janes survives near finish, TKOs Andrew Sanchez in third". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
- DNA, MMA. "TUF 23 winnaar Andrew Sanchez treft Antonio Braga Neto tijdens UFC Lincoln". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
- Marcel Dorff (2018-08-02). "Markus Perez replaces Antonio Braga Neto against Andrew Sanchez at UFC Lincoln" (in Dutch). mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
- "UFC Fight Night 135 results: Andrew Sanchez tops animated Markus Perez by decision". MMAjunkie. 2018-08-26. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
- Jesse Holland (2019-02-20). "UFC Ottawa official for May 4 on ESPN+". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
- Bitter, Shawn (2019-05-04). "UFC Ottawa Results: Andrew Sanchez Earns Decision Win Over Marc-Andre Barriault". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
- "David Branch vs. Andrew Sanchez set for ESPN+ 16". MMA Junkie. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
- DNA, MMA. "David Branch haakt geblesseerd af voor gevecht tegen Andrew Sanchez tijdens UFC Vancouver". Retrieved 2019-08-02.
- "Andrew Sanchez vs. Marvin Vettori pulled from UFC on ESPN+ 16 due to illness". MMA Junkie. 2019-09-11. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
- Farah Hannoun (2019-09-12). "Andrew Sanchez: Eye infection forced me off UFC Vancouver; Marvin Vettori fight rebooked". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
- Shillan, Keith (2019-10-12). "UFC Tampa Results: Marvin Vettori Wins Grudge Match Against Andrew Sanchez". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
- Sherdog.com. "Andrew". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-10-12.