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Former Ultimate Fighter champion released from the UFC

Sanchez won Season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter and joined the promotion in 2016. 

Andrew Sanchez ahead of his fight at UFC 257.
Andrew Sanchez ahead of his fight at UFC 257.
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Andrew Sanchez is no longer a UFC fighter.

The 33-year-old has been released from the promotion, per a report from Damon Martin of MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

Sanchez competed on Season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia as a light heavyweight. He was selected to be a part of Team Cláudia — spearheaded by perennial strawweight contender Cláudia Gadelha — and earned a spot in the semifinals with a unanimous decision win over Myron Dennis. Sanchez met Eric Spicely and finished him by way of first-round knockout to advance to the finals. The finale saw Sanchez dominate Khalil Rountree Jr. and secure a UFC contract.

Sanchez returned to the middleweight division for his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov, where he bested Trevor Smith via unanimous decision. ‘El Dirte’ stumbled in his next Octagon appearances as he suffered back-to-back third-round knockouts to Anthony Smith and Ryan Janes at UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Reis and The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale, respectively. Sanchez rebounded from those losses with wins over Markus Perez and Marc-André Barriault but dropped a decision to Marvin Vettori.

For his final appearances under the UFC banner, Sanchez went 1-2. He knocked out Wellington Turman at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik and was then stopped by Makhmud Muradov and Bruno Silva at UFC 257 and UFC Fight Night: Ladd vs. Dumont.

Sanchez completes his UFC career with an overall record of 5-5, with four of those five losses being knockouts.