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UFC signs Jorge Santiago, will fight Stann

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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.

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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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