As the Sengoku middleweight champion, Jorge Santiago (23-10) was ranked among the top 10 in the world when he signed with the UFC earlier this year. But following back-to-back losses inside the Octagon, the 31-year-old BJJ black belt has reportedly once again been handed his walking papers.
Brazilian website Tatame.com reported the news on Monday citing sources close to the situation.
In what was his second UFC incarnation, Santiago’s first fight back inside the Octagon in almost four-and-a-half years took place against Brian Stann at UFC 130 in May. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, Stann used his superior striking and ended the bout via TKO in round two.
Santiago returned against fellow BJJ black belt Demian Maia at UFC 136 earlier this month, but Maia’s improved boxing and wrestling skills, combined of course with his world class jiu-jitsu, helped carry him the distance and defeat Santiago via unanimous decision.
Where Santiago goes from here is not known. The MMA landscape in Japan has changed quite a bit since he last fought there, and is terribly struggling at best. Attempts to contact his management team were not immediately returned.