Luke Sanders

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Leaves UFC roster
May 10, 2021
The UFC cut Sanders on Monday, reports.
Sanders' final fight with the program came in the form of a May loss to Felipe Colares. He ends his tenure with a 3-5-0 record at the UFC level.
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Inconsistent ways continue
May 1, 2021
Sanders lost to Felipe Colares via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Sanders has been the furthest thing from the picture of consistency throughout his UFC run, but this was arguably his worst performance to date. Sanders had this one locked up following a strong Round 1, but his cardio completely betrayed him and allowed Colares to steal the fight. There's no denying Sanders' toughness. He also has some power. Unfortunately for the 35-year-old Tennessee native, neither are enough to overcome his poor conditioning and dreadful submission defense. Sanders is 2-5 in his past seven fight dating back to March 2017.
Fighting Colares instead
April 23, 2021
Sanders will now be fighting Felipe Colares on the UFC's May 1 card after each of their opponents for the event have been forced out of their fights, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Sanders was originally supposed to be fighting Damon Jackson and Colares was supposed to face Journey Newson at UFC Fight Night 190 on May 1, but both Newson and Jackson were ruled out of their respective fights and so the UFC decided to pair up Sanders with Colares instead. Sanders has struggled lately, losing four of his last six bouts, but his new opponent is facing some struggles of his own, as he's lost two of three to begin his UFC career. Both fighters will be looking to impress as UFC contracts could be on the line for the potential loser.
Joining May 1 card
April 8, 2021
Sanders will step in for TJ Laramie (undisclosed) to take on Damon Jackson on the May 1 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Sanders is coming off of his fourth loss in the last six bouts, though held his own for much of the fight before taking a right hand that sent him to the mat and resulted in him being choked out. He will look to bounce back on relatively short notice against a fighter in Jackson who has struggled mightily early in his UFC career, sporting a 1-3-1 record (one no-contest) in his first five bouts with the promotion.
Dropped and choked out
November 28, 2020
Sanders lost to Nathan Maness via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:29 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The two offered up some violent exchanges in Round 1, but Sanders had the numbers, landing some big combinations in the final 30 seconds to take the round. To his detriment perhaps, Sanders was willing to engage in more fast-paced exchanges, but didn't quite pay enough attention to his defense. He ate a straight right hand that sent him to the canvas, and Maness pounced, taking his back and securing the choke. After falling as a (-150) favorite, Sanders has now alternated wins and losses in his last five fights.
Slated to return in November
November 13, 2020
Sanders (undisclosed) is slated to fight Nathan Maness in a bantamweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Nov. 28, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Sanders will make his first appearance in the Octagon since February of 2019, when he defeated Renan Barao via TKO (strikes) at UFC on ESPN 1. He was slated to fight at the beginning of August, but he was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Maness made his UFC debut in early August, defeating Johnny Munoz via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN+ 31. Maness has advantages in both height and reach.