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Kenny Powers
02-12-2011, 08:32 AM
http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Santiago-Signs-with-UFC-Likely-Returns-May-28-30096




Sengoku Raiden Championships middleweight titleholder Jorge Santiago will return to the UFC in 2011.



Santiago has signed a new contract with the promotion and is expected to make his return at UFC 130 on May 28 against a to-be-named opponent.



ESPN first reported Santiago's signing on Friday, and Sherdog.com confirmed Santiago's new deal with a source close to the negotiations. Details of the Brazilian’s contract are not known at this time.



A product of the vaunted American Top Team in Florida, Santiago began his professional career in 2002. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt made his UFC debut at Fight Night 5 in 2006, knocking out Justin Levens just over two minutes into their bout. Back-to-back defeats would follow for Santiago, however, and the 30-year-old was bounced from the promotion after suffering knockouts to Chris Leben and Alan Belcher, respectively.



Santiago rebounded in 2007, winning Strikeforce's four-man, single-night middleweight grand prix, knocking out Sean Salmon and Trevor Prangley in under three minutes combined.



The well-rounded middleweight then tried his luck abroad, signing with Japan's SRC and running off five straight victories. Three of those wins occurred in the promotion's middleweight grand prix, culminating with Santiago's victory over Kazuo Misaki in 2009 to earn him the championship belt.



Santiago recently negotiated his release from the Japanese promotion, stating his desire to fight once again for a major American promotion. The fighter will now vacate the SRC middleweight title.

OKMike
02-13-2011, 05:21 AM
I have been a Santiago fan for some time now. I don't see him as a threat to Anderson Silva though. He has the ability to beat most of the middleweights on the UFC roster however.

Kenny Powers
02-13-2011, 05:21 PM
http://mmajunkie.com/news/22444/brian-stann-likely-to-meet-jorge-santiago-not-wanderlei-silva-at-ufc-130.mma



It looks like Santiago will face Briann Stann @ 130

KING JB
03-01-2011, 06:55 AM
http://mmajunkie.com/news/22444/brian-stann-likely-to-meet-jorge-santiago-not-wanderlei-silva-at-ufc-130.mma



It looks like Santiago will face Briann Stann @ 130



It looks like Santiago will be starting off with a loss here....I dont think he can handle Stann...I may be wrong, but I think Stann is on FIRE right now and gonna make a serious push.

Joabbuac.
03-02-2011, 12:19 AM
It will make a great fight for sure, Stann has a little more to do to convince me though.

KING JB
03-02-2011, 02:54 AM
It will make a great fight for sure, Stann has a little more to do to convince me though.



I feel the same way about Santiago.

Joabbuac.
03-02-2011, 10:16 PM
Yea i agree, this is a sink or swim fight :laugh:

OKMike
03-06-2011, 03:29 AM
I heard that Jorge Santiago, JZ Cavalcante, and one other were kicked out of ATT due to managerial issues. Hopefully this does not affect his training for his upcoming fight.

KING JB
03-10-2011, 05:52 AM
You know, despite being a HUGE fan of the sport, some fighters just dont excite me.....This is one of them....lol