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Jorge Santiago's second run in the UFC has come to an end

Best80smovieRAD2011-10-27 04:17:25 +0000 #1
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Jorge Santiago has been released by the UFC. The Middleweight fighter is coming off a loss to Demian Maia at UFC 136. Santiago made his return to the UFC earlier this year, losing to Brian Stann at UFC 130 before falling to Maia. This was Santiago's second run in the UFC as he was 1-2 in the company back in 2006.

In the years between his two UFC runs, Santiago established himself as one of the top Middleweights in the world outside of the UFC, putting together a solid 11-1 record. His major success came in Japan, where he claimed the Sengoku Middleweight championship and turned some heads with a pair of classic fights against Kazuo Misaki. His work in Japan earned him a lot of respect, and many fans were excited about his return to the UFC.

At 1-4 in his combined UFC runs, and at nearly 10 years into his pro career, it's hard to envision Santiago making his way back into the UFC in the future. Although the Maia fight was a bit lackluster, Santiago still has the ability to put on very entertaining fights. With Bellator looking to build up champion Hector Lombard, Santiago would make a fine challenger. The two men are former training partners at American Top Team.


Tallica19812011-10-27 04:24:40 +0000 #2
He must have been getting too much pay. Losing to Maia and Stann isn't that bad, unless you are paid to be in big fights.

I know Bellator doesn't like to pick up Zuffa castaways, but he'd be a great fit there, or he'll come back to Zuffa soon at about half the pay.
BulldogWrestler2011-10-27 04:24:01 +0000 #3
He'll go back to fighting and dominating in smaller shows and people will be saying over and over again that he should be in the UFC.
LordZardoz2011-10-27 05:18:35 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Tallica1981

He must have been getting too much pay. Losing to Maia and Stann isn't that bad, unless you are paid to be in big fights.

I know Bellator doesn't like to pick up Zuffa castaways, but he'd be a great fit there, or he'll come back to Zuffa soon at about half the pay.

I do not think he will go to Bellator right away. Hector Lombard already has a 'feature fight' lined up, and the current Middle Weight Tournament is well underway. I think he is more likely to take a few matches in Dream or a C level american promotion like TitanFC or Shark Fights for a quick payday, then end up in Bellator (unless of course Dream becomes financially viable for him).

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seansloan2011-10-27 04:31:39 +0000 #5
His fight with Maia was on the hype show and he looked like crap and generated zero buys.Am excellent decision to send him packing.
Tallica19812011-10-27 06:19:49 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by seansloan

His fight with Maia was on the hype show and he looked like crap and generated zero buys.Am excellent decision to send him packing.

That's just a crap decision on Zuffa's part to put that match on Spike. Did anyone think it was going to be a barn burner?

I think He has a place in the UFC, but he had to be getting overpaid.

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