Former Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago signs with UFC

Fresh from his fight of the century candidate against Kazuo Misaki, former Sengoku fighter Jorge Santiago has rejoined the UFC. Holding an overall MMA record of 23-8. Since his last UFC tenure, Santiago has lost only once. During his brief stint as a UFC fighter before, Santiago amassed a record of 1-2, beating Justin Levens, but losing via knockout to Chris Leben and Alan Belcher.

Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN.co.uk last night.

Santiago made his intentions clear last week, when he was released from his Sengoku contract. The Brazilian fighter was quick to aim for a US return, saying:

“I’m dying to come back. There’s so many guys that are putting on a good show in Strikeforce and the UFC. Hopefully this year I’ll come back to the U.S. and do a good job here, too.”

Since losing to Belcher, Santiago has only lost once, to Mamed Khalidov via TKO, which led to a rematch that saw him effectively dominate Khalidov over 5 rounds. Throughout his career, The American Top Team stand out has defeated fighters such as Sean SalmonSiyar Bahadurzada, Trevor Prangley, Jeremy Horn and Kazuhiro Nakamura. The well travelled veteran has fought for the UFC, Strikeforce, Sengoku, Bodog and King of The Cage.

With both Alan Belcher and Chris Leben both looking for a match up in the early summer, Santiago’s promotional debut could see him re-matched with one of the two. Santiago is expected to make is return to the Octagon on May 28th, on the already stacked UFC 130 card.

Source: ESPN


9 Comments

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    GnPGorilla

    February 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    He fought two Trevor Prangleys? (j/p)

    Santiago has improved tremendously since his last UFC stint, so it’s intriguing to see how he’ll do against the fellers who knocked him out.

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    wartaal677

    February 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    dammit sf could use him, I was hoping he would join sf

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    51JD51

    February 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    It will be, I don’t see him ever contending for a title but it will be interesting to see if he can become a mainstay at 185. Also is Belcher finally cleared to fight?

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    DeadlyIntentions93

    February 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    This guy has so much talent and could be a force to reckon with in the UFC.

    If there’s one flaw from him though, it has to be his chin, though i feel it has improved leaps and bounds, especially in the Misaki fight where he got clipped on the button but still managed to survive that round.

    But we’ll see how he can perform on his return to the octagon,
    he deserves it more than bums like Tim Hague that’s for sure.

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    dekciw

    February 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Has anyone seen that rematch with Mamed??
    Should be 2nd lost for Santiago. Shame

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    overhand right

    February 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    It’s about time the UFC started bringing in some talent at middleweight, and Santiago certainly isn’t a bad way to start

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    Ninja

    February 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Santiago in the UFC is pretty big….hes an exciting fighter who can do everything….I heard he’s most likely going to fight Brian Stann at 130 which is a sick match up

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    Rafael_Roberto

    February 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Alan Belcher vs Jorge Santiago 2

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    Rafael_Roberto

    February 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    So this is what’s happening according to some MMA sites:
    Wanderlei Silva vs Vitor Belfort
    Jorge Santiago vs Brian Stann

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