Dylan Andrews (born 15 November 1979) is a mixed martial artist from New Zealand who most recently competed in the Welterweight division of Absolute Championship Berkut. A professional competitor since 2006, he has formerly competed in the UFC, and was a semi-finalist on FX's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen.
|Born||15 November 1979|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Other names||The Villain|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Team||Potential Unlimited MMA (PUMMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Early life and backgroundEdit
Dylan Andrews was born on 15 November 1979 in Wellington, New Zealand and is of Māori descent. He grew up around drugs and alcohol abuse and he was bullied at school. In his early years, Dylan played many sports, including rugby, cricket and squash.
Education wasn’t a very high priority for Dylan or his family. He left school without qualifications and became a laborer; he also worked in an office.
Andrews moved to Australia in 2003.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Dylan started his mixed martial arts (MMA) training in 2004 in the Lion’s Den Academy in Sydney, Australia, having stumbled into the Den while looking for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) videos. He had his first professional MMA fight some two years later on 7 July 2006 where he beat Adam Narnst by TKO after only 52 seconds of the first round.
Over the next year and a half he won his next five fights inside the first two rounds.
Dylan had his first loss on 15 February 2008 to Brian Ebersole who at the time had won 37 of his 52 professional fights.
Over the next few years, Dylan slowly built his reputation as a tough and dedicated fighter. He defeated the likes of UFC fighter and The Ultimate Fighter Season 4 contestant, Shonie Carter. He refused to tap in his fight against Jesse Taylor when in a guillotine choke, the referee had to stop the fight as Andrews was unconscious at Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) 1.
Dylan has a reputation as a tough and dedicated fighter: he refused to tap in his November 2010 fight against Jesse Taylor when in a guillotine choke, the referee had to stop the fight as Andrews was unconscious  and he had a round three knockout win over Papy Abedi in August 2013, even though he had dislocated his shoulder in the first round.
The Ultimate FighterEdit
Dylan tried three times to get onto The Ultimate Fighter, an American reality television series and MMA competition produced by the FX Network and the UFC. He failed to make it onto the thirteenth and fifteenth season of the show and the Australian-based series The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes after underperforming at 170 pounds (77 kg). However, he didn’t give up and his persistence paid off when in January 2013, Andrews was announced as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen (also known as TUF 17).
He won his way into the house by defeating Tim Williams by unanimous decision. However, he failed to impress either judge—he was the last pick for Team Jones and was the last pick overall.
Andrews fought Zak Cummings in the preliminary round and was victorious with a majority decision win after two rounds. Andrews next fought overall first pick, Luke Barnatt, in the quarter-finals. He defeated Barnatt in the third round via TKO due to punches. The bout was declared 'Fight of the Season'.
Andrews lost in the semi-finals to Uriah Hall via TKO due to punches in the second round.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Andrews faced fellow The Ultimate Fighter 17 competitor Clint Hester on 7 December 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33. He lost the fight via TKO due to injury after dislocating his shoulder in the second round.
Andrews next faced Sam Alvey on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55. He lost the fight via knockout due to hitting his head on the canvas during an attempted takedown and follow up punches from Alvey.
Andrews rematched with Papy Abedi on April 1, 2017 at Superior Challenge 15 in Stockholm, Sweden. He won the fight via knockout in round two and claimed the Middleweight Superior Challenge title. 
Sponsorships and gymsEdit
Dylan has sponsorships with Lonsdale London (Australia), who included him in their Real Fighters team, as well as with TapouT, ASN, Muscle Lab, Line Break Compression, Cocktail And Dreams and AST Performance.
Andrews started his MMA training in the Sydney Lion’s Den Academy training under Luke Pezzutti. He moved to the Five Rings Dojo, Gold Coast, Australia in 2008. He now fights out of the Heartbreak Conditioning and PUMMA gyms on the Gold Coast, training under Vince Perry.
Dylan is known for his dedication in the gym:
|“||I give big props to guys who work really hard. Dylan Andrews is one of those guys. No one hustles harder than that guy ... no one deserves (success) more than that guy.||”|
|— Soa 'The Hulk' Palelei, August 2, 2013.|
Dylan is a boxer and a wrestler with an aggressive, dynamic fighting style. His quick, powerful hands and his strong wrestling base make him a force to be reckoned with, both on his feet and on the ground. He almost never leaves a fight in the judges’ hands, with only two of his 21 professional fights going the distance (he won both those fights).
Andrews' nickname is the Villain, but he says he is nothing of the sort:
|“||The coach came up with it because it rhymed with my name ... but I think I carried myself well at all times. I want it to be a positive thing, so I was always thinking about that.||”|
|— Dylan Andrews, January 19, 2013.|
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||18 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||18–11 (1)||Rob Wilkinson||Submission (guillotine choke)||Australian FC 23||December 1, 2019||1||3:01||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||18–10 (1)||Priscus Fogagnolo||Decision (unanimous)||All Styles Grappling: MMA Fight Night 3||September 14, 2019||3||5:00||Hobart, Australia|
|Loss||18–9 (1)||Nico Musoke||Decision (unanimous)||Superior Challenge 19||May 11, 2019||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||Lost SC Middleweight Championshipp.|
|Loss||18–8 (1)||Azamat Amagov||TKO (punches and elbows)||ACB 76: Young Eagles 23||December 9, 2017||2||1:08||Gold Coast, Australia||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||18–7 (1)||Papy Abedi||KO (head kick)||Superior Challenge 15||1 April 2017||2||4:16||Stockholm, Sweden||Won the SC Middleweight Championship|
|Loss||17–7 (1)||Brad Scott||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt||10 May 2015||2||4:54||Adelaide, Australia|
|Loss||17–6 (1)||Sam Alvey||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping||8 November 2014||1||2:16||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||17–5 (1)||Clint Hester||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot||7 December 2013||2||5:00||Brisbane, Australia||Andrews dislocated his shoulder in the second round.|
|Win||17–4 (1)||Papy Abedi||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2||28 August 2013||3||1:32||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||16–4 (1)||Jimmy Quinlan||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale||13 April 2013||1||3:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–4 (1)||Hale Vaa'sa||Decision (unanimous)||Nitro MMA 5||24 March 2012||3||5:00||Logan City, Australia||Won Nitro Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||14–4 (1)||Steve Thomas||TKO (retirement)||Cage FC 20||24 February 2012||1||5:00||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Win||13–4 (1)||Ross Dallow||TKO (punches)||Australian FC 2||3 September 2011||1||0:57||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||12–4 (1)||Rob Giuffrida||TKO (punches)||Nitro MMA 3||9 July 2011||2||4:24||Logan City, Australia|
|Loss||11–4 (1)||Jesse Taylor||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Australian FC 1||12 November 2010||1||2:40||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||11–3 (1)||James Vainikolo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Xtreme MMA 2 - ANZ vs. USA||31 July 2010||2||4:14||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Shonie Carter||Decision (unanimous)||Cage FC 13||16 April 2010||3||5:00||Gold Coast, Australia|
|NC||10–2 (1)||Dorjderem Munkhbayasgala||NC (punches to the back of the head)||Legend FC 1||11 January 2010||1||0:50||Hong Kong, SAR, China|
|Win||10–2||Jeff King||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage FC 11||20 November 2009||1||4:58||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||9–2||Yuji Hisamatsu||TKO (punches)||FightWorld Cup 2 - Return of the Warriors||18 April 2009||1||2:33||Nerang, Australia|
|Win||8–2||Sandro Sampaio||TKO (punches)||TTCW 2 - North vs. South||22 November 2008||1||1:02||Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Loss||7–2||Jacob O'Connell||Submission (anaconda choke)||Cage FC 6 - Eliminator||7 November 2008||1||0:37||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||7–1||Marvin Arnold Bleau||TKO (punches)||TTCW 1 - Two Worlds Collide||24 May 2008||1||1:50||Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Loss||6–1||Brian Ebersole||TKO (punches)||Cage FC 3||15 February 2008||2||4:26||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||6–0||Api Hemara||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage FC 2||23 November 2007||2||3:15||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||5–0||Kal Bacy||TKO (punches)||Cage FC 1||27 July 2007||1||1:50||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||4–0||Stephen Walton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto Australia - Superfight Australia 1||26 May 2007||2||4:23||Perth, Australia|
|Win||3–0||Yoann Gouaida||TKO (punches)||Warriors Realm 8||23 March 2007||2||N/A||Sunshine Coast, Australia|
|Win||2–0||Lenny Kent||KO (punches)||Warriors Realm 7||4 November 2006||1||3:14||Sunshine Coast, Australia|
|Win||1–0||Adam Narnst||TKO (punches)||XFC 11||7 July 2006||1||0:52||Logan Central, Australia|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|4 matches||3 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||3–1||Uriah Hall||TKO (punches)||TUF 17||9 April 2013 (air date)||2||4:50||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 17 semi-final round.|
|Win||3–0||Luke Barnatt||TKO (punches)||TUF 17||26 March 2013 (air date)||3||1:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 17 quarter-final round; Fight of the season.|
|Win||2–0||Zak Cummings||Decision (majority)||TUF 17||12 March 2013 (air date)||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 17 preliminary round.|
|Win||1–0||Tim Williams||Decision (unanimous)||TUF 17||22 January 2013 (air date)||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 17 elimination round.|
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