One of the best middleweights in the world appears to be on his way back to the Octagon. Jorge Santiago is expected to sign with the UFC and return to action in May, likely at UFC 130. Santiago recently negotiated his release from Sengoku Raiden Championships, where he was the current middleweight champion, and became a free agent. He will now vacate the Sengoku Middleweight Title. Santiago’s return opponent has yet to be named.
ESPN.com was the first to report the story.
However, Santiago’s manager Malki Kawa has denied any deal is any place via Twitter.
Santiago previously competed in the UFC in 2006, where he posted a 1-2 record with a win against Justin Levens and back to back KO losses to Chris Leben and Alan Belcher. Since that time though Santiago has amassed a 11-1 record with victories over Kazuo Misaki (twice), Jeremy Horn, Trevor Prangley, and Siyar Bahadurzada among others.
UFC 130 is scheduled for May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The UFC Lightweight Title is expected to be on the line in the main event with champion Frankie Edgar defending against Gray Maynard