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"El Dirte"
Andrew Sanchez
Middleweight Division • 13-5-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 7
    Wins by Knockout
  • 2
    Wins by Submission
  • 4
    Wins by Decision
Striking accuracy 49% 49%

Striking accuracy

Sig. Strikes Landed
409
Sig. Strikes Attempted
841
Grappling accuracy 35% 35%

Grappling accuracy

Takedowns Landed
13
Takedowns Attempted
43
4.82
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
4.79
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
2.65
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
0.00
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
48
%
Sig. Str. Defense
100
%
Takedown Defense
0.35
Knockdown Ratio
14:08
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

Standing
300 (73%)
Clinch
51 (12%)
Ground
58 (14%)

Sig. Str. by target

74% 303 Head 18% 75 Body 8% 31 Leg

Win By Way

KO/TKO
7 (54%)
DEC
4 (31%)
SUB
2 (15%)

Event Results

Biography

Status
Active
Hometown
Belleville, United States
Trains at
Tristar Gym - Montreal
Fighting style
Wrestler
Age
32
Height
73.00
Weight
185.00
Octagon Debut
Jul. 09, 2016
Reach
74.00
Leg reach
41.50
Q & A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started tae kwon do when I was 13, which led to wrestling, then BJJ, and so forth. Training and competing gave me purpose in life. It gave me something to strive for and also provided an excellent outlet for me as a teenager. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Four-time All-American college wrestler and two-time national champ at McKendree University. 2011 NAIA wrestler of the year. IBJJF world champion and two-time IBJJF Pan-American champion with and without the gi. RFA middleweight champion. TUF 23 winner

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? This is the accumulation of every second of hard work I have put in since I was a child. I have worked, sacrificed, and waited my whole life for this moment to fight for the UFC.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I went to McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

What was your job before you started fighting? Bouncer/construction

Favorite grappling technique: The takedown

Favorite Striking technique: Spinning s**t

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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  (L-R) Andrew Sanchez punches Ryan Janes of Canada in their middleweight bout during the TUF Finale event inside Park Theater on December 01, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Imag