Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter
Jorge Santiago Rodrigues (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɔʁʒi sɐ̃tʃiˈaɡu]; born October 9, 1980) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist. He was the first Sengoku Middleweight Champion and is the former Strikeforce Middleweight Grand Prix Champion. He has also competed for the UFC, King of the Cage, Titan FC, It’s Showtime, and BodogFIGHT.
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Brazilian jiu-jitsu lineage
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and achievements
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Mixed martial arts career
Santiago started his mixed martial arts career at Reality Fighting 2 in 2002 with a win over Jose Rodriguez. In the following years Santago fought for Absolute Fighting Championships, King of the Cage, and a few other small organizations earning an 11–5 record.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In 2006 he signed with Ultimate Fighting Championships, where he competed three times. He won his UFC debut at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 against Justin Levens by first round KO. He returned at UFC Fight Night 6 and UFC Fight Night 7, losing by KO to former WEC Middleweight Champion, Chris Leben in the second round and to Alan Belcher by KO in the third round. He then left the UFC.
In his first fight after leaving the UFC, Santiago was victorious against Andrei Semenov at the Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations show in Russia. In his next fight he had to deal with longtime veteran Jeremy Horn and submitted Horn in the first round.
The next challenge for Santiago was the Strikeforce Middleweight tournament on November 16, 2007. Competing in the tournament as the underdog, Santiago won the Grand Prix by defeating Sean Salmon and Trevor Prangley on the same night.
He was set to face former UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Vitor Belfort at Affliction: Trilogy, but the match was scrapped after the cancellation of the event.
Santiago then fought at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 against current KSW Middleweight Champion, Mamed Khalidov in a non-title bout. Khalidov won by first round knockout; Santiago’s first loss since 2006. He avenged this loss in March 2010 with a split decision victory over Khalidov at Sengoku 12.
Return to UFC
Following the loss to Maia, Santiago was released from the promotion.
On March 2, 2012, Santiago won his return fight, knocking out Leonardo Pecanha with a straight right at 1:48 in the first round at Titan Fighting Championships 21  On June 15, 2012 Santiago fought Justin Guthrie at Titan Fighting Championship 23 winning the fight via submission in the first round.
Santiago was re-signed by Strikeforce (now owned by the UFC‘s parent company Zuffa, LLC) in August 2012, where he was expected to drop to Welterweight for a bout with former King of the Cage Welterweight Champion Quinn Mulhern at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy on September 29, 2012. However, the event was cancelled the following month due to an injury to headliner Gilbert Melendez, and the Santiago/Mulhern bout was not rescheduled before Strikeforce’s closure and absorption into the UFC in January 2013.
Third UFC Stint
Already signed with Strikeforce, and following his own back-to-back wins outside the organization, Santiago was called back to the UFC to take on Gunnar Nelson in a welterweight bout on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald, replacing an injured Justin Edwards. Santiago lost the fight via unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion for the third time.
World Series of Fighting
Santiago signed with World Series of Fighting in 2013 and made his promotional debut on August 10, 2013 against Gerald Harris at WSOF 4. The bout had a confusing first round where Harris slammed Santiago and Harris believed he had tapped. However, the referee was stopping the action to deduct a point from Santiago for blatantly grabbing the cage during Harris’ slam. Following the confusion, the fight continued and Santiago would go on to lose via unanimous decision.
Jorge Santiago announced on Dec. 14, 2013 to Ariel Helwani that he has retired from MMA competition.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu lineage
Santiago is married. He has a daughter from a previous relationship.
Championships and achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- Sengoku Raiden Championship
- Sherdog Awards
- 2010 Fight of the Year vs. Kazuo Misaki
- Inside MMA
- 2010 Bazzie Award for Fight of the Year vs. Kazuo Misaki
Mixed martial arts record