Ryan Janes glad to be 'back into relevance' with TUF 26 Finale win over tough Andrew Sanchez

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LAS VEGAS – Riding a two-fight skid into Friday’s TUF 26 Finale, Ryan Janes knew he was in a delicate spot.

But Janes (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) made sure to rise to the occasion, surviving an early onslaught to score a third-round TKO over heavy favorite Andrew Sanchez (9-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC). Janes not only beat the odds – he did it in exciting fashion. And he believes he sent a message to his fellow middleweights in the process.

“Sanchez is a tough dude,” Janes told reporters backstage at Park Theater in Las Vegas. “(He was a) ‘TUF 23’ winner. Talented wrestler. With a great team, with John Wood over at Syndicate. I think this totally kind of puts me back into relevance. I’m actually a force to be reckoned with. If you don’t come in ready for me, you’re not going to take me out, so to speak.”

Janes believes he “100 percent” saved his career by wining the FS1-televised preliminary card bout. But, still, he wasn’t about to let the do-or-die status of his situation psych him out.

“I knew I had to win this one, but my attitude is pretty jovial,” Janes said. “It was more like, ‘I deserve to be here and I need to prove it.’ The one before this one was close, I almost had the finish. I finally got out with this one. For me, it was about myself. About proving I deserve to be in the UFC.

“I’m one of the best middleweights. One of the best middleweights in Canada. It’s just good to get a win over a ‘TUF’ winner, a tough guy, a known great fighter. So that was the biggest thing for me.”

Janes has now evened out his UFC record. His only octagon win to date had been on his debut, in December 2016, when he scored an unanimous decision over UFC Fight Night 102 opponent Keith Berish. He dropped consecutive losses to Gerald Meerschaert and Jack Marshman after that.

Of course, Friday’s win wasn’t exactly easy. In fact, for a few seconds, it seemed like Janes would be out of there quite quickly. But, confident in both his cardio and his toughness, Janes returned from Sanchez’s first-round storm all the more confident.

“If someone doesn’t put me away in the first, I’m not tired: they are,” Janes said. “They don’t have that in the second, no way. So you just – confident, keep doing what you do, push through it.

To hear more from Janes, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 26 Finale results: Ryan Janes survives near finish, TKOs Andrew Sanchez in third

LAS VEGAS – In an early “Fight of the Night” contender, Ryan Janes (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) survived a vicious first-round assault from Andrew Sanchez (9-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) only to battle back and score his own third-round TKO.

The middleweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale event at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following an additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

While Janes pushed forward to start, it was Sanchez who stayed busiest on the feet, firing out big punches and landing a massive kick to the body. Sanchez followed with an easy takedown, but Janes popped quickly back to his feet. Sanchez showed little respect for his opponent’s striking, absorbing a few jabs for the opportunity to fire big counters. A huge right hand sent Janes to the floor, but he somehow crawled back to his feet amid a flurry of shots from his opponent. Sanchez continued to rifle off heavy shots that seemed destined to end the fight, but Janes refused to go away.

Sanchez had to pace himself a bit to avoid exhausting himself from constant punching, but he remained the one landing the heavier shots, slipping Janes’ attacks and landing powerful counters. Janes showed incredible resolve, always moving forward and pumping out a jab that did find its mark quite often. In fact, it seemed Janes was actually gaining momentum as the opening round came to a close on the feet.

Janes was again the aggressor to start the second, landing a nice knee inside and again popping out the jab. Sanchez eventually turned to his wrestling to take the fight to the floor, but Janes again just popped back to his feet with little resistance. Sanchez appeared to tire as the round wore on, and Janes seemed only to gain momentum in return. Sanchez still fired the bigger punches, but Janes began to overwhelm him with volume. An ill-timed Janes knee saw Sanchez get a takedown, but Janes again returned to his feet with no concern and continued his unlikely assault.

Sanchez looked for a takedown immediately to start the third but was unsuccessful. Visibly fatigued, another tired shot came shortly after. Janes had little trouble pushing him away and unleashing a barrage of blows that saw Sanchez cower against the cage until the fight was waved off, completing an epic comeback.

“I knew Andrew was a tough guy going in, but I knew I had the better cardio,” Janes said after the win. “I feel I executed my gameplan to perfection and I put on a performance for the fans, and I feel I deserve that post-fight bonus.”

Up-to-the-minute TUF 26 Finale results include:

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Tickets on sale today for The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale in Las Vegas

“The Ultimate Fighter 26” tournament will conclude with crowning of an inaugural women’s flyweight champion, and tickets for the event go on sale today.

Featuring the historic title fight between yet-to-be-revealed competitors, The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale takes place Dec. 1 at Park Theater in Las Vegas and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets are priced at $150, $100, $75 and $50. They go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m. PT on Ticketmaster.com.

UFC newsletter subscribers have access to a special pre-sale beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. PT, while UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT.

In addition to the championship bout,“TUF 23” light heavyweight winner Andrew Sanchez (9-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will take on Ryan Janes (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) .

The latest TUF 26 Finale card includes:

  • TBA vs. TBA – for inaugural women’s flyweight title
  • Ryan Janes vs. Andrew Sanchez
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Eric Spicely
  • Sean O’Malley vs. Terrion Ware
  • Brett Johns vs. Joe Soto

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'TUF 23' winner Andrew Sanchez meets Ryan Janes at TUF 26 Finale in December

The next edition of the live finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” has its latest fight booking, and it features a past “TUF” winner.

“TUF 23” light heavyweight winner Andrew Sanchez (9-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will take on Ryan Janes (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at the TUF 26 Finale in December. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale takes place Dec. 1 at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. The event will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

“El Dirte” Sanchez won “TUF 23” at light heavyweight with a unanimous decision over Khalil Rountree in July 2016. Then he returned to middleweight and took a decision from Trevor Smith at UFC Fight Night 102 this past December. But in April, he had his four-fight winning streak snapped with Anthony Smith knocked him out after a head kick at UFC on FOX 24.

Ryan Janes

Janes is in need of a win. After starting his career 9-1, including a unanimous decision over Keith Berish at UFC Fight Night 102, he has dropped back-to-back fights. At UFC Fight Night 105 in February, he was submitted by Gerald Meerschaert. And at UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland in July, he dropped a decision to Jack Marshman. The losses were the Canadian’s first since 2009.

With the addition, the latest TUF 26 Finale card includes:

  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Eric Spicely
  • Sean O’Malley vs. Terrion Ware
  • Ryan Janes vs. Andrew Sanchez

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 video highlights: Jack Marshman vs. Ryan Janes

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Jack Marshman had to hang on a little bit to get past the gritty Ryan Janes, but walked away with his hand raised.

Marshman (22-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) looked at his best in the first round against Janes (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) when he continually popped the Canadian’s head back with jabs and swift combinations. Marshman faded a little in the second, then even more in the third. But by the final five minutes, he had done enough to convince all three judges he had the first two rounds for a trio of 29-28 scores.

The middleweight fight was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 results: Jack Marshman uses early striking prowess to top Ryan Janes

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For three rounds, Jack Marshman plodded forward, trying to get inside Ryan Janes’ reach long enough to land a knockout blow.

While that shot never came, Marshman (22-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) still did enough to outpoint Janes (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in a close fight, nabbing a unanimous decision victory with scores of 29-28 across the board.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The established tempo of this fight took shape early on, as Janes looked to stay on the outside, circling away in his straight up stance as Marshman charged in with punching combinations, at times lunging forward to connect on his taller, longer foe.

That was a mostly successful strategy for Marshman early on. Several times his fists found Marshman’s chin as he lifted it high in the air on the retreat. But as Janes began to fire back with short strikes of his own, Marshman eventually began to tire.

By the final round, Janes found some success with his own forward advances, but even under duress Marshman didn’t back down easily, or stay on the defensive for long. By the time the fight went to the scorecards, all three judges had Marshman winning by a slim margin, giving him the fight by identical scores of 29-28.

Marshman’s win is his first since his TKO loss to Thiago Santos in February. Janes has now lost two in a row.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 113 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Glasgow.)

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