Andrew Sanchez
El Dirte


Routed by Makhmud Muradov
January 23, 2021
Sanchez lost to Makhmud Muradov via TKO (punches) at 2:59 of Round 3 at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Sanchez likely wishes he was facing his originally scheduled opponent, Andre Muniz, right about now. Sanchez nearly lasted 14 minutes against Muradov, which is an accomplishment in it's own right considering the massive gap in technical skill and power in the striking game between the two men. This was a clear step backwards for Sanchez following his first-round knockout win over Wellington Turman in his most recent fight last August. The 32-year-old Sanchez is better than some of the fringe middleweights on the UFC roster, but you are what your record says you are in this sport, and Sanchez's record says is he 3-3 in his past six fights dating back to April 2017.
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Gets new opponent
December 23, 2020
Sanchez will now take on Makhmud Muradov in a middleweight bout at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Andre Muniz was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason, so Muradov will step in with a month's notice. Sanchez will look to run his UFC record up to 6-3. Muradov will have a one inch height advantage, but both fighters have a reach of 76 inches.
Facing Muniz at UFC 257
November 18, 2020
Sanchez will take on Andre Muniz in a middleweight matchup at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, Marcelo Barone of Globo Esporte reports.
Sanchez is fresh off a POTN-winning victory following his first-round stoppage of Wellington Turman to improve to 3-1 in his last four fights. He draws a tough customer in Muniz, who is a undefeated (4-0) jiu-jitsu practitioner with high marks in takedowns averaged and submissions attempted per fight. Sanchez, however, has yet to be dragged to the mat in eight appearances with the UFC. He also averages more than double the striking volume of Muniz. If he can stay off the mat, Sanchez should have the edge here, but that's something much easier said than done.
POTN-winning finish
August 9, 2020
Sanchez defeated Wellington Turman via KO (punches) at 4:14 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Both fighters traded heavy shots in a first round that saw Sanchez win the battle of significant strikes by a count of 28-to-21. The difference was that Sanchez was able to walk through Turman's best shots, and it was a few massive right hands in the final minute that sealed the deal. As a result, Sanchez improves to 5-3 in the UFC and 12-5 overall. He'll also walk away with one of four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses.
Gets fight on August 8
June 18, 2020
Sanchez will take on Wellington Turman on August 8, reports.
Sanchez had his middleweight bout against Zak Cummings cancelled in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sanchez has a 3-3 record in the UFC, while Turman signed with the UFC a year ago and has gone 1-1.
Taking on Zak Cummings in Nebraska
January 27, 2020
Sanchez (11-5-0) is scheduled to face Zak Cummings (23-7-0) in a middleweight fight April 25 at UFC Lincoln, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Sanchez will head to Nebraska looking to rebound after he took a loss to Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision back at UFC Tampa in October. The 32-year-old owns a 4-3 record since signing with the promotion in 2016.