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Dan Christison - The Sandman

Towering at 6’8” and 270 pounds, Dan “The Sandman” Christison is another alumnus of SpikeTV’s reality series The Ultimate Fighter. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 26th, 1972, Christison lost his very first bout on the reality show, a quarterfinal fight against Seth Petruzelli. Although he lost the match, season two coach Matt Hughes was quick to point our Christison’s size and obvious skill.

After a shaky start to his professional mixed martial arts career that saw Christison lose three of his first five matches, he went on to win six successive bouts against noted fighters such as Brad Imes and Jimmy Westfall. “The Sandman’s” first Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance since his Ultimate Fight Night win over Imes saw his winning streak ended with a unanimous decision loss to veteran Frank Mir.

With no contract commitments following the loss to Mir, Christison began fighting with the International Fight League after joining the Sane Jose Razorclaws. With his first two bouts ending in unanimous decision losses to Krzysztof Soszynski and Antoine Jaoude, Christison’s future with the IFL was suddenly in jeopardy; his ability to ward off submission attempts with his superior wrestling skills has continued to impress coaches and sustain his contract status.

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