As reported by Heavy.com, the UFC signed former Sengoku Middleweight Champion, Jorge Santiago. Santiago, the owner of a 23 – 8 record, 1 – 2 UFC, will step into the Octagon to face fan favorite Brian Stann at UFC 130 in May. Santiago is 11 – 1 over his last 12 fights, which for the most part have taken place in Sengoku and Strikeforce.
Santiago was the most current Sengoku Middleweight Champion, but asked for his release from the Japanese promotion, allowing the UFC to pick him up for the second time. In a move that Dana White and Joe Silva often do with returning talent, they picked a tough fight to see where he stands in the organization.
Stann who owns a 10 – 3 record, 4 – 2 UFC, was last seen in the Octagon destroying the favored Chris Leben with a TKO first round win on New Year’s Day. Stann, the former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion has gone 2 – 0 since moving to middleweight and could move even closer to a title shot with a win over Santiago.
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