Chris Sanford

Chris Sanford (born March 12, 1968) is an American retired mixed martial artist who has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting. He appeared on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Chris Sanford
BornChristopher Sanford[1]
(1968-03-12) March 12, 1968 (age 54)[2]
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight198 lb (90 kg; 14.1 st)
DivisionLight heavyweight (205 lb)
Middleweight (185 lb)
Fighting out ofSan Francisco, California, United States
TeamCesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2001–2005
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission4
By knockout1
UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Sanford was born in Roxbury, Boston. He lived in Japan as a high school exchange student and also studied Japanese language and economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

He practiced various forms of martial arts, like taekwondo, kung fu and boxing.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early career: World Extreme CagefightingEdit

Sanford started his mixed martial arts career in 2001. He fought mainly for California–based promotions as World Extreme Cagefighting and Gladiator Challenge.

He amassed a perfect record of four victories and no defeats before being signed to compete on the original season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Sanford signed in to compete as a middleweight and was the last middleweight pick of Team Couture. However, he never fought on the show, as he was sent home by Couture in the second episode after his team lost the team challenges.[3]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Despite being eliminated early on the show, he was awarded a chance to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale against fellow housemate Josh Koscheck.[4] He was knocked out at 4:21 in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Return to WECEdit

Sanford faced Josh Green on August 18, 2005 at WEC 16. He won via submission due to a guillotine choke in the very first round.[5]

Sanford never fought again since 2005.[6]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
6 matches 5 wins 1 loss
By knockout 1 1
By submission 4 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–1 Josh Green Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 16: Clash of the Titans 2 August 18, 2005 1 2:30 Lemoore, California, United States Light heavyweight bout.
Loss 4–1 Josh Koscheck KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale April 9, 2005 1 4:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Middleweight bout.
Win 4–0 Desi Miner Submission (choke) Fearless 1 July 5, 2003 1 N/A Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Win 3–0 Jack Cardenas Submission (armbar) WEC 6: Return of a Legend March 27, 2003 1 2:45 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 2–0 Travis Robinson Submission (heel hook) Gladiator Challenge 6: Caged Beasts September 9, 2001 1 1:54 Colusa, California, United States
Win 1–0 Bobby Martin KO (punch) WEC 1: Princes of Pain June 30, 2001 2 0:29 Lemoore, California, United States


  1. ^ a b Jack Encarnação (January 15, 2005). "A fighting chance: college-educated combatants aim to strike blow for mixed martial arts on new reality TV show". Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Chris Sanford's profile". Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Loretta Hunt. "The Ultimate Fighter re-cap: week two". Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter Finale: the wait is over (Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Sanford)". April 6, 2005. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Loretta Hunt (August 18, 2005). "Waterman outwrestles Rodriguez at WEC 16". Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Ross Cole (January 28, 2005). "Where are they now? – The Ultimate Fighters (seasons 1-2)". Retrieved March 28, 2015.

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