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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.[1]

Andrew Sanchez
Born (1988-04-08) April 8, 1988 (age 31)
Shiloh, Illinois, United States
Other namesEl Dirte
ResidenceBelleville, Illinois, United States
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach73 in (185 cm)
Fighting out ofSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
TeamFinney's HIT Squad
Years active2012-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission2
By decision4
By knockout3
By decision2
UniversityMcKendree University
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.[1]

Sanchez began fighting professionally in 2012 where he compiled a record of 7 - 2 on the regional circuit.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

He was added as one of the 16 Light Heavyweight fighters invited to the cast The Ultimate Fighter 23.[2]

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.[3] He won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision with the score card of (30-25, 30-25, 30-26).[4][5]

Sanchez next faced Trevor Smith in a middleweight bout on December 9, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 102.[6] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[7]

Sanchez faced Anthony Smith on April 15, 2017 at UFC on Fox 24.[8] He lost the fight via knockout due to a combination of knee and punches in the third round.[9]

Sanchez faced Ryan Janes on December 1, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale.[10] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[11]

Sanchez was expected to face Antonio Braga Neto on August 25, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 135.[12] However, Neto was removed from the bout on August 2 for undisclosed personal issues and replaced by Markus Perez.[13] Sanchez won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Sanchez faced promotional newcomer Marc-André Barriault on May 4, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 151.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Sanchez was scheduled to face David Branch on September 14, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 16.[17] However, it was reported that Branch was forced to pull from the event due to injury and he was replaced by Marvin Vettori.[18] However, it was reported that Sanchez was forced to pull from the event due to an eye infection, resulting the cancellation of the bout.[19] In turn, the pairing was left intact and eventually took place a month later at UFC on ESPN+ 19.[20] Sanchez lost the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 11 wins 5 losses
By knockout 5 3
By submission 2 0
By decision 4 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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



  1. ^ a b c "Andrew Sanchez". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  2. ^ Damon Martin (2016-04-06). "Cast revealed for 'The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia'". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  3. ^ Staff (2016-07-06). "Friday's TUF 23 Finale lineup set with Rountree-Sanchez, Cooper-Suarez tourney finals". Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  4. ^ "'El Dirte' Dominates Rountree, Win TUF 23 Final". Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  5. ^ "Andrew Sanchez suffocates Khalil Rountree in shutout victory | FOX Sports". FOX Sports. 2016-07-09. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  6. ^ Staff (2016-10-20). "'El Dirte' vs. 'Hot Sauce': Andrew Sanchez vs. Trevor Smith set for UFC Fight Night 102". Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  7. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-09). "UFC Fight Night 102 results: Andrew Sanchez tags Trevor Smith early, earns clean sweep on cards". Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  8. ^ Staff (2017-02-11). "UFC heads to Kansas City for first time for UFC on FOX 24". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  9. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-04-15). "UFC on FOX 24 results: Anthony Smith turns tables on Andrew Sanchez late, wins by KO". Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  10. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-08-30). "Andrew Sanchez vs. Ryan Janes booked for 'TUF 26' Finale on Dec. 1". Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  11. ^ "TUF 26 Finale results: Ryan Janes survives near finish, TKOs Andrew Sanchez in third". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  12. ^ DNA, MMA. "TUF 23 winnaar Andrew Sanchez treft Antonio Braga Neto tijdens UFC Lincoln". Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  13. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-08-02). "Markus Perez replaces Antonio Braga Neto against Andrew Sanchez at UFC Lincoln" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  14. ^ "UFC Fight Night 135 results: Andrew Sanchez tops animated Markus Perez by decision". MMAjunkie. 2018-08-26. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  15. ^ Jesse Holland (2019-02-20). "UFC Ottawa official for May 4 on ESPN+". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  16. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2019-05-04). "UFC Ottawa Results: Andrew Sanchez Earns Decision Win Over Marc-Andre Barriault". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  17. ^ "David Branch vs. Andrew Sanchez set for ESPN+ 16". MMA Junkie. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  18. ^ DNA, MMA. "David Branch haakt geblesseerd af voor gevecht tegen Andrew Sanchez tijdens UFC Vancouver". Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  19. ^ "Andrew Sanchez vs. Marvin Vettori pulled from UFC on ESPN+ 16 due to illness". MMA Junkie. 2019-09-11. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  20. ^ Farah Hannoun (2019-09-12). "Andrew Sanchez: Eye infection forced me off UFC Vancouver; Marvin Vettori fight rebooked". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  21. ^ Shillan, Keith (2019-10-12). "UFC Tampa Results: Marvin Vettori Wins Grudge Match Against Andrew Sanchez". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  22. ^ "Andrew". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-10-12.

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