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Jorge Santiago replaces Justin Edwards, faces Gunnar Nelson at UFC on FUEL TV 7 | UFC News

UFC officials announced today that Justin Edwards (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been forced out of his scheduled UFC on FUEL TV 7 bout with Gunnar Nelson (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) due to an undisclosed injury. Replacing Edwards will be Jorge Santiago (25-10 MMA, 1-4 UFC), who returns to the UFC after going 2-0 with the Titan FC promotion.

Nelson made his octagon debut in September of 2012 at the “UFC on FUEL TV 5: Struve vs. Miocic” event. The Icelandic native needed less than a round to submit “TUF” veteran DaMarques Johnson and earn his first UFC win. The victory marked Gunnar’s 10th stoppage in 10 career wins.

Nelson now meets Santiago, who returns for a third stint with the UFC promotion. Santiago went 1-2 during his first UFC stint back in 2006, he then went on an 11-1 run outside the organization where he obtained the Sengoku middleweight championship. When Santiago returned to the UFC in 2011, he suffered back-to-back losses to Brian Stann and Demian Maia, which lead to his release. Jorge has since fought twice in Titan FC, where he has gone 2-0 with both victories coming in the first round.

UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place February 16th at Wembley Arena in London, England. The main card airs on FUEL TV following the prelims on Facebook.

The UFC on FUEL TV 7 event now includes the following bouts:

MAIN CARD (FUEL TV, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald – Interim bantamweight title fight
  • Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson
  • Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa
  • Gunnar Nelson vs. Jorge Santiago
  • Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna
  • Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, noon ET)

  • Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
  • Danny Castillo vs. Paul Sass
  • Josh Grispi vs. Andy Ogle
  • Stanislav Nedkov vs. Tom Watson
  • Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
  • Ulysses Gomez vs. Phil Harris

 

 

 

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