December 12, 1985
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
|Other names||Cool Hand|
|Residence||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Division||Bantamweight (2014–present) |
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Clarksville, Tennessee, United States|
|Team||The MMA Lab|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Luke Sanders (born December 12, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2011, he has also formerly competed for Strikeforce and the RFA.
Born in Brenham, Texas and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Sanders was athletic from a young age; he won national titles in BMX and finished fourth at the grand nationals event in 1992 at the age of seven. In wrestling, he won a state championship for Montgomery Central High School in 2004 at 145 lbs. Sanders also played hockey, winning two state championships in 2001 and 2002. He began competing in Toughman contests at the age of 17, winning several tournaments, and holds an amateur boxing record of 9-0.
Mixed martial arts career
Sanders compiled an amateur record of 4-0 before making his professional debut for Strikeforce in 2011. Sanders won via TKO in the first round. He then continued his unbeaten streak, compiling a record of 10-0 before being signed by the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Sanders made his promotional debut as a short notice injury replacement on January 17, 2016 against Maximo Blanco at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz. He won the fight via submission in the first round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.
Sanders was expected to face Bryan Caraway on December 9, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega. However, on November 20, Caraway pulled out from the fight with undisclosed reason and he was replaced by Andre Soukhamthath. Sanders lost the fight via TKO in the second round. California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) flagged Sanders, after the event, of gaining more than 10% of weight from weight-in weight against on fight day weight, from 135.6 Ibs to 154.5 Ibs, which well over the commission regulation contracted weight of staying within 10% body weight gain for CSAC would not license to Sanders to fight in bantamweight bout in California.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Performance of the Night (One time)
- Resurrection Fighting Alliance
- Bantamweight Championship (One defense)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||12–3||Rani Yahya||Submission (heel hook)||UFC Fight Night: Gaethje vs. Vick||August 25, 2018||1||1:31||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||12–2||Patrick Williams||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje||April 14, 2018||3||5:00||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Andre Soukhamthath||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Ortega||December 9, 2017||2||1:06||Fresno, California, United States|
|Loss||11–1||Iuri Alcântara||Submission (kneebar)||UFC 209||March 4, 2017||2||3:13||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–0||Maximo Blanco||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz||January 17, 2016||1||3:38||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Featherweight bout. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||10–0||Terrion Ware||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC vs. RFA Superfight Card||May 8, 2015||5||5:00||Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States||Defended the RFA Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||9–0||Jarred Mercado||TKO (knee and punches)||RFA 20: Sanders vs. Mercado||November 7, 2014||1||1:06||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Won the vacant RFA Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Darrick Minner||TKO (punches)||RFA 17: Cochrane vs. Giagos||August 22, 2014||2||3:15||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||7–0||Dan Moret||Decision (unanimous)||RFA 13: Cochrane vs. Escudero||March 7, 2014||3||5:00||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||6–0||Zach Underwood||TKO (punches)||XFC 26: Night of Champions 3||October 18, 2013||2||3:38||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||5–0||Javon Wright||Decision (split)||Rhino Fighting Championships 7||July 19, 2013||3||5:00||Spring Hill, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||4–0||Zachary Sanders||TKO (punches and elbows)||XFC 18: Music City Mayhem||June 22, 2012||1||4:53||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||3–0||J.R. Hines||TKO (punches)||Gameness Fighting Championship 10||November 19, 2011||1||2:08||Goodlettsville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||2–0||Latral Perdue||Submission||Gameness Fighting Championship 9||April 28, 2011||1||1:07||Goodlettsville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||1–0||Josh Jarvis||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine||January 7, 2011||1||3:15||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Featherweight debut.|
- "Luke Sanders ("Cool Hand") | MMA Fighter Page". Tapology. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
- "Luke Sanders - Official UFC® Profile". Ufc.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
- Staff (2016-01-04). "Luke Sanders steps in to fight Maximo Blanco; UFC Fight Night 81 lineup shuffled". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
- Ben Fowlkes (2016-01-17). "UFC Fight Night 81 results: Luke Sanders chokes Maximo Blanco in octagon debut". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
- Tristen Critchfield (2016-01-18). "UFC Fight Night Bonuses: Cruz, Dillashaw, Herman, Sanders pocket $50K checks". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
- Marcelo Barone (2016-12-15). "Ultimate forwards fight fit between Marajó and Sanders for March". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2016-12-15. (in Portuguese)
- Dave Doyle (2017-03-04). "UFC 209 results: Iuri Alcantara surprises Luke Sanders with kneebar finish". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
- Craig Meyer (2017-08-08). "Luke Sanders vs. Felipe Arantes added to Sept. 16 UFC card at PPG Paints Arena". post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
- Dave Doyle (2017-09-14). "Illness forces cancelation of Felipe Arantes vs. Luke Sanders bout at UFC Pittsburgh". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
- Dave Doyle (2017-10-10). "Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders set for UFC Fresno". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
- "Bryan Caraway out at UFC-Fresno, Luke Sanders needs new opponent". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
- DNA, MMA. "Andre Soukhamthath vervangt Bryan Caraway tegen Luke Sanders tijdens UFC Fresno". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
- "UFC Fight Night 123 results: Andre Soukhamthath TKOs Luke Sanders in second for first UFC win". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-10. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
- "Marlon Moraes among four fighters CSAC recommends move up in weight after UFC Fresno". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
- Greg Moore (2018-02-06). "Former ASU wrestling star Patrick Williams added to UFC on FOX 29 at Gila River Arena". azcentral.com. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
- DNA, MMA. "BJJ wizard Rani Yahya treft Luke Sanders tijdens UFC Lincoln". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
- "UFC Fight Night 135 results: Rani Yahya taps Luke Sanders, calls for title shot vs. Dillashaw". MMAjunkie. 2018-08-25. Retrieved 2018-08-26.