Once thought to make waves in the UFC’s middleweight division, former Senguku middleweight champion, Jorge Santiago has been released from the UFC following back-to-back losses.
Santiago came into the UFC following an impressive run across multiple promotions, but as luck would have it, the UFC brass put him in against some elite competition right off the bat.
He would enter the UFC (for his second time) in a bout with top contender Brian Stann, Santiago was unable to find his rhythm in the bout and was unfortunately dispatched via TKO with apparent ease. Some could chalk the loss up to “Octagon-jitters” and his loyal fan following still held hope that Santiago would have success in his return to the ZUFFA banner.
However, that would not be the case, in his next and final outing for the promotion he got put against former title challenger Demian Maia, and after a back and forth bout that was edged out by Maia on the judges’ scorecards the UFC had seen enough of the returning Santiago and released him from the promotion.
No official word from the UFC has been delivered at the time of this report, but the fighter profile for the middleweight fighter has been removed from the official UFC website and Brazilian media outlet, Tatame.com has been able to source the occurrence through their undisclosed contacts.