After previously stating that Jorge Santiago is now a free agent, according to MMAJunkie, The Sengoku middleweight champion is no longer a free agent; and will return to the UFC at UFC 130 on May 28, his opponent will likely to be Military standout Brian Stann.
Santiago’s previous trip came in an unfortunate drag, as the American Top Team fighter left his UFC outing with a 1-2 record, with a KO win over Justin Levens, and then back to back KO losses to TUF 1 alumni brawler Chris Leben, and a head kick loss by uprising Duke Roufus striker Alan Belcher. Santiago will return to the UFC with a 11-1 record since leaving the promotion. Stann, who in his last appearance came out of an impressive win over Chris Leben winning by TKO in the 1st round, holds a Â 4-2 record in the UFC. He is currently riding a two-fight win streak since moving down to middleweight from light heavyweight. Speculation was recently circulating that Stann would fight Wanderlei Silva, but all signs seem to point to Santiago VS Stann.
UFC 130 will headline the lightweight title rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. Also on the card former UFC lightheavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will face TUF 3 standout Matt Hamil. As well as former welterweight title contender and American Top Team’s Muay Thai berserker, Thiago Alves will go up against up and coming welterweight Ricky Story.
With a Sengoku champion gone from the company, this could be a fatal sign of things to come. What do you think this means for Japanese MMA?