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Knockout of the Day: Jorge Santiago Earns (A Little) Redemption at TFC 21


(Sean Salmon getting finished in the first round? You don’t say…)

Jorge Santiago has had perhaps the most disappointing UFC career of any top-tier import out there. While that statement may sound rather contradictory, Santiago’s accolades in any promotion not named the UFC (or King of the Cage) are pretty incredible. Not only is he a two-time defending Sengoku middleweight champion, but one of those defenses, which came at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 14 back in August of 2010, was a “Fight of the Year” earning performance over Kazuo Misaki. The man can fight is all we’re saying.

If you were to look at his record inside DW’s playground, however, you would see that all but one of his four losses (out of five performances) have ended by way of violent knockout. The Chris Leben left hook. The Alan Belcher head kick. And who could forget the Brian Stann beatdown. Thankfully, Santiago was able to bounce back from his most recent UFC run with a nasty first round knockout of 14-7 Leonardo Pecanha at Titan Fighting Championship 21 last March.

Santiago is currently scheduled to face fellow UFC washout Jay Silva at TFC 23. Silva is perhaps best known for getting blitzkrieged by Hector Lombard in just six seconds at Bellator 18, so be on the lookout for another Santiago-featured “Knockout of the Day” post in the near future. Then again, given his somewhat infamously glass chin, we’re not sure which side of the equation he’ll end up on.

-J. Jones

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jjrdias- May 24, 2012 at 8:23 am
The reason Santiago bombed in the UFC is because he should be fighting at welterweight, not middleweight.
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KarmaAteMyCat- May 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm
Good for Jorge!
2Dogs- May 24, 2012 at 3:33 am
I thought the other guys stand up was solid, number was up I guess
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