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.

Dylan Andrews
Born (1979-11-15) 15 November 1979 (age 40)
Wellington, New Zealand
Other namesThe Villain
NationalityNew Zealander
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofGold Coast, Australia
TeamPotential Unlimited MMA (PUMMA)
Heartbreak conditioning
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout13
By submission3
By decision2
By knockout4
By submission5
By decision2
No contests1
Other information
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.[1][2] In his early years, Dylan played many sports, including rugby, cricket and squash.

He lived in Whakatane, New Zealand [3] and Woburn, New Zealand [4] where he went to Hutt Valley High School between 1996 and 1997.

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.[5]

Andrews moved to Australia in 2003.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early 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.[6] 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.[7]

He has fought in a number of inaugural fights, such as the first Cage Fighting Championship, Legend Fighting Championship and Australian Fighting Championship.

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 [7] 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.[8]

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.[9] 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).[1] 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).[10]

Dylan Andrews became the first Māori MMA fighter to compete in The Ultimate Fighter.[11]

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'.[12]

Andrews lost in the semi-finals to Uriah Hall via TKO due to punches in the second round.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Andrews' first UFC fight was at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale against Jimmy Quinlan, who he defeated via TKO in the first round. Andrews won US$16,000 in his debut UFC fight.[13]

Andrews next fought Papy Abedi on 28 August 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[14] After being controlled for the first two rounds, Andrews mounted a comeback and won via knockout in the third round.

Andrews faced fellow The Ultimate Fighter 17 competitor Clint Hester on 7 December 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33.[15] He lost the fight via TKO due to injury after dislocating his shoulder in the second round.

During his injury, Andrews and Ross Pearson helped promote UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. Marquardt through autograph signings, press conferences and Q&A sessions.

Andrews next faced Sam Alvey on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55.[16] 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 faced Brad Scott on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65.[17] Andrews lost the fight via submission in the second round.[18] Subsequently, Andrews was released from the organization.[19]

Post UFCEdit

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. [20]

Andrews faced Azamat Amagov on December 9, 2017 at Absolute Championship Berkut 76 in Gold Coast, Australia.[21] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

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.[22][23]

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.[24] He now fights out of the Heartbreak Conditioning and PUMMA gyms on the Gold Coast, training under Vince Perry.[25]

Dylan is known for his dedication in the gym:

Fighting styleEdit

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.[27] 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).

Personal lifeEdit

Dylan Andrews and his partner, Tracey, have a son, Tyrese, and a daughter, Nevaeh.[23] He likes to listen to Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley and Jack Johnson.[28]

Andrews' nickname is the Villain, but he says he is nothing of the sort:

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
29 matches 18 wins 11 losses
By knockout 13 4
By submission 3 5
By decision 2 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.

See alsoEdit


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