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And Now He’s Fired: Jorge Santiago

File this one under “least surprising info of the day.” Following back-to-back losses to Brian Stann and Demian Maia at UFC 130 and 136, repectively, word has it that Jorge Santiago has been released by the UFC for the second time. The American Top Team standout’s original run took place back in 2006, where he scored a quick knockout over the now deceased Justin Levens before ending up on the highlight reels of Chris Leben and Alan Belcher for all eternity.

From there, Santiago racked up an impressive 11-1 record in various promotions over the likes of Siyar Bahadurzada, Trevor Prangley, and Andrei Seminov, scoring all but one of those wins by stoppage. Santiago captured the Sengoku middleweight crown in November of 2009 with a fifth round submission over Kazuo Misaki and defended it twice, including a Fight of the Year performance against Misaki at Sengoku Raiden Championships 14.

“The Sandman” was given another shot at the big time at UFC 130, where he was put to bed by Brian Stann in a Fight of the Night effort. At UFC 136 Santiago found himself grounded en route to a unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia and subsequently given the boot, which we warned him would happen. Santiago will likely be headed back to Japan, where he should consider changing his nickname to “Godzilla” because the man is scary as hell,¬†until he comes to America.

-Danga 

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Maimonides- October 19, 2011 at 1:18 am
Let's not forget that Santiago was one of those whiny malcontents who got all butt-hurt about American Top Team's choice of managers and walked out and started that camp along with that other renowned sob-sister, from Jackson's.

Well that camp's fighters are now a combined 4-8.

Have a nice rest of your career, Jorge - "standing on guard" up in Canada for Mark Pavelich.
Todd M- October 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm
Yeah Godzilla call had me cracking up, well played Danga.
@ Fight Zen and Me Likey, I don't know guys I think Melendez is a legit top 5 and I think he could definately make a run for the belt in UFC, If Melendez fought Alvarez I would definately bet on Gil.
FightZen- October 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm
+1 Me Likey. I don't get Melendez ranked so high in the LW division. He's fought virtually no one. I'll bet Eddie Alverez could take him.

LOL at Godzilla
Irishwolfhound491- October 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm
I'd call this somewhat surprising. Sure the guy was 0-2 but plenty of fighters go 0-2 and get a third shot and they didn't fight the caliber Santiago did. Stann and Maia are top guys at 185.
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Me likey- October 18, 2011 at 11:04 am
yet another example that the ufc is the top of the talent pool.
melendez be aware.
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