Jorge Santiago in talks with the UFC, says Nothing Official

Contrary to recent reports, former Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago has refuted claims that he has signed on with the UFC.  While Santiago has confirmed, with MMAFighting.com, that he is, in fact, engaged in ongoing negotiations with the promotion, he said he has not put pen to paper with any organization at this point.

Santiago’s first run with the UFC was cut short after going 1-2, winning his debut before being knocked out in his next two bouts against Chris Leben and Alan Belcher.  Since his brief stint with the promotion, the American Top Team product has went 11-1, most of which were fights under the Japanese organization Sengoku.  Santiago (23-8) captured the Sengoku Middleweight title in 2009, defeating Kazuo Misaki via technical submission.  Their rematch, this past August, was considered by many the best fight of 2010.  Santiago was released from Sengoku upon request and has since expressed interest in signing with a major American promotion such as the UFC or Strikeforce.

News that he has yet to sign with the promotion also contradicts the various sites who have suggested a bout between Santiago and Brian Stann has been set for UFC 130 in May.  And though nothing is official at this time, Santiago remained optimistic, adding that he hopes to finalize a deal any day now.

Source: MMAFighting.com | Photo: MMAWeekly.com


5 Comments

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    Kackvogel

    February 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    pls go to strikeforce!!!!

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    Rafael_Roberto

    February 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    dam you wikipedia!!!!

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    japanegro23

    February 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Leben and Belcher are still around haha so….

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    MMA ADDICT

    February 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    he’s a good fighter but not top 10

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    postmortem

    February 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

    dont like this guy ever since he pulled that bitch move and escaped out of the ropes to avoid getting ko’ed plus wasn’t he the guy that got knocked out by a hammer fist from the bottom. go to stikeforce where you may actually get a win .

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