Jorge Santiago

Jorge Santiago is the retired former Sengoku middleweight champion and the winner of the first and only Strikeforce middleweight grand prix.

He most recently defended his title in a rematch against Kazuo Misaki. After having been dominated in the fight four rounds to one going into the fifth, Santiago destroyed Misaki in that fifth round forcing Misaki's corner to throw in the towel with twenty-nine seconds remaining until a decision that Misaki would most certainly have won.

Months afterwards, Santiago vacated the Sengoku belt and secured his release from the promotion, planning on returning to fighting in the U.S. He next signed with the UFC and fought Brian Stann. Stann knocked Santiago out in the second round.

Santiago next faced long-time contender Demian Maia, losing via dominant unanimous decision. After the fight, Santiago was cut from the UFC.

He next signed with the upstart Titan FC promotion, making his debut against Leonardo Pecanha. Santiago defeated Pecanha via first round technical knockout.

Santiago next faced Justin Guthrie in June 2012, defeating Guthrie via first round heelhook submission.

Santiago next stepped in towards the end of January 2013 to return to the UFC at welterweight replacing Justin Edwards against undefeated prospect Gunnar Nelson. Santiago lost a relatively close decision to the prospect Nelson and his UFC future was already again uncertain. Indeed, Santiago was soon cut from the UFC.

Santiago next returned to middleweight to make his WSOF debut against fellow UFC veteran Gerald Harris. The winner was suspected to next fight UFC veteran Jon Fitch. Harris defeated Santiago via decision.

Santiago retired shortly afterwards.


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