Andrew William Sanchez (born April 8, 1988)[2] is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Light heavyweight division of Professional Fighters League (PFL). A professional competitor since 2012, he has formerly competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Resurrection Fighting Alliance.[1]

Andrew Sanchez
BornAndrew William Sanchez
(1988-04-08) April 8, 1988 (age 35)
Shiloh, Illinois, United States
Other namesEl Dirte
ResidenceBelleville, Illinois, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionMiddleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach73[1] in (185 cm)
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
TeamTristar Gym
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins14
By knockout6
By submission2
By decision6
Losses7
By knockout5
By decision2
UniversityMcKendree University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Sanchez started training in various forms of martial arts as a teenager. He was a 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]

Mixed martial arts career edit

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

The Ultimate Fighter edit

He was added as one of the 16 Light Heavyweight fighters invited to the cast The Ultimate Fighter 23.[3]

He won his entry fight against Phil Hawes via unanimous decision.[4] Next up, he defeated Myron Dennis via unanimous decision.[5]

In the semifinals, he defeated Eric Spicely by knockout in the first round.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Sanchez made his promotional debut on July 8, 2016, at UFC The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in the Light Heavyweight finals against Khalil Rountree.[7] He won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision with the score card of (30-25, 30–25, 30–26).[8][9]

Sanchez next faced Trevor Smith in a middleweight bout on December 9, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 102.[10] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[11]

Sanchez faced Anthony Smith on April 15, 2017, at UFC on Fox 24.[12] He lost the fight via knockout due to a combination of knee and punches in the third round.[13]

Sanchez faced Ryan Janes on December 1, 2017, at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale.[14] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[15]

Sanchez was expected to face Antonio Braga Neto on August 25, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 135.[16] However, Neto was removed from the bout on August 2 for undisclosed personal issues and replaced by Markus Perez.[17] Sanchez won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Sanchez faced promotional newcomer Marc-André Barriault on May 4, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 151.[19] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[20]

Sanchez was scheduled to face David Branch on September 14, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 16.[21] However, it was reported that Branch was forced to pull from the event due to injury and he was replaced by Marvin Vettori.[22] However, it was reported that Sanchez was forced to pull from the event due to an eye infection, resulting in the cancellation of the bout.[23] In turn, the pairing was left intact and eventually took place a month later at UFC on ESPN+ 19.[24] Sanchez lost the fight via unanimous decision.[25]

Sanchez was scheduled to face Zak Cummings on April 25, 2020.[26] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC president Dana White announced on April 9 that the event was indefinitely postponed.[27]

Sanchez faced Wellington Turman on August 8, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 174.[28] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[29] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[30]

Sanchez was scheduled to face André Muniz on January 24, 2021 at UFC 257.[31] In late December, Muniz withdrew due to an injury and he was replaced by Makhmud Muradov.[32] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.[33]

Sanchez faced Bruno Silva on October 16, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 195.[34] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.[35]

On October 28, 2021, it was announced that Sanchez was no longer on the UFC roster.[36]

Post UFC edit

Sanchez faced Gabriel Checco on May 20, 2022, at Eagle FC 47.[37] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[38]

Professional Fighters League edit

Stepping in for a suspended fighter, Sanchez entered the 2023 season against Taylor Johnson on June 8, 2023 at PFL 4.[39] He won the fight via split decision.[40]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Professional titles edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 14 wins 7 losses
By knockout 6 5
By submission 2 0
By decision 6 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 14–7 Taylor Johnson Decision (split) PFL 4 June 8, 2023 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 13–7 Gabriel Checco Decision (unanimous) Eagle FC 47 May 20, 2022 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Loss 12–7 Bruno Silva TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Ladd vs. Dumont October 16, 2021 3 2:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–6 Makhmud Muradov TKO (flying knee and punches) UFC 257 January 24, 2021 3 2:59 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 12–5 Wellington Turman KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik August 8, 2020 1 4:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
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

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See also edit

References edit

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