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Jorge Santiago released by UFC after back-to-back defeats

It looks like Jorge Santiago‘s second UFC run has come to an end after just two fights. Following a TKO loss to Brian Stann at UFC 130 and a unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia at the recent UFC 136 event, the Brazilian middleweight has been released by the company.

The news was first reported by

“The Sandman’s” first UFC stint ended in 2006 when he went 1-2. After a win against Justin Levens, he dropped back-to-back fights against Chris Leben and Alan Belcher, losing both contests by knockout. Santiago was brought back to the company earlier this year after compiling a 11-1 record in organizations such as Strikeforce and Sengoku. He won the Strikeforce one-night middleweight grand prix in November 2007 by defeating Sean Salmon and Trevor Prangley.

In 2008 during his stint Japan he won the Sengoku middleweight grand prix by defeating Logan Clark, Siyar Bahadurzada, and Kazuhiro Nakamura. He followed that up by capturing the Sengoku middleweight strap with a victory over Kazuo Misaki in 2009. His 2010 rematch against Misaki was considered the Fight of the Year by many fans.

The Brazilian is 22-6 outside of the UFC but just 1-4 inside the Octagon.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Tough break for Jorge, it isnt like he had 2 easy fights but I guess if you are not exciting like Dan Hardy and lose by Ko and submission you get cut.

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    Let’s face it-We can safely say that almost any fighter coming from the Japanese circuit should be considered for TUF at best

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  • MCM says:

    Easy fights? The guy was ranked top 10 when he entered the UFC, why would he get easy fights?
    Off to Belator and a date with Lombard.

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    Same thing would happen with Aoki

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