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TUF 23 champion Andrew Sanchez released from the UFC

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Ultimate Fighter season 23 champion Andrew Sanchez has been released from the UFC.

Multiple sources confirmed the release when speaking to MMA Fighting on Wednesday.

Sanchez first joined the UFC roster after a successful stint on the long-running reality show where he had several impressive performances including wins against Phil Hawes and Eric Spicely on his way to the finals in the light heavyweight tournament.

He punched his ticket to a UFC contract following a lopsided win over Khalil Rountree Jr. before returning to the middleweight division, which is where he spent the majority of his career.

Sanchez faced plenty of ups and downs during his run with the UFC, which included wins over fighters such as Trevor Smith, Marc-Andre Barriault and Wellington Turman while also suffering losses to Anthony Smith, Ryan Janes and Marvin Vettori.

Most recently, Sanchez suffered back-to-back knockout losses including a third-round TKO to Bruno Silva at UFC Vegas 40. Overall, Sanchez fell by knockout in four of his five losses in the UFC, which precipitated his release from the promotion.

Sanchez exits with an overall 5-5 record in the UFC.