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2/11/11 6:37 PM
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By Brett Okamoto

Jorge Santiago has found his way back to the UFC.

Sources have confirmed to ESPN.com that the American Top Team fighter has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC and is expected to make his return to the promotion at UFC 130 on May 28 in Las Vegas. His opponent has not yet been determined.

The UFC and Strikeforce veteran recently negotiated his release from Sengoku Raiden Championship, where he's fought his last eight fights, posting a 7-1 record. He also holds the World Victory Road middleweight title, which he will now vacate.

Santiago (23-8) had a brief stint in the UFC in 2006, during which he posted a 1-2 record. After defeating Justin Levens by first-round knockout in his UFC debut, Santiago suffered back-to-back losses to Chris Leben and Alan Belcher.

The Brazilian middleweight has fought many of the sport's recognizable names during his eight-year pro career, including Manny Gamburyan, Diego Sanchez, Jeremy Horn, Trevor Prangley and Siyar Bahadurzada.

The UFC 130 event is expected to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. A lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard will serve as the main event.

Brett Okamoto covers mixed martial arts for ESPN.com.

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2/11/11 6:38 PM
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WOW!!!!!

Fucking HUGE news if true

The Misaki fights were sick
2/11/11 6:39 PM
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Agreed.
2/11/11 6:42 PM
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He's improved so much these last few years....could definitely become a contender.
2/11/11 6:44 PM
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 wow, definitely thought he was going to Strikeforce

great signing and a great addition to the MW division, some great fights for him in the UFC
2/11/11 6:46 PM
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When he was released cause he wanted to fight in America again, i kinda figured he was UFC bound.
2/11/11 6:47 PM
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hopefully he will get a facebook fight
2/11/11 6:48 PM
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btw...In other news, Vitor Belfort has accepted Wanderlei Silva's challenge. The Rematch is coming. :)
2/11/11 6:51 PM
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Independent confirmation fail. He has not signed with UFC.

"Hey guys, at this point there is no truth to @santiagomma signing with the @ufc... Nothing has been signed and @espn has it wrong"

-Malki Kawa

mmaweekly.com/jorge-santiago-expected-to-sign-with-ufc-or-strikeforce-by-next-week
2/11/11 6:52 PM
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 and we're interviewing him next week :)
2/11/11 6:55 PM
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smoogy - Independent confirmation fail. He has not signed with UFC.

"Hey guys, at this point there is no truth to @santiagomma signing with the @ufc... Nothing has been signed and @espn has it wrong"

-Malki Kawa

<a href="http://mmaweekly.com/jorge-santiago-expected-to-sign-with-ufc-or-strikeforce-by-next-week">mmaweekly.com/jorge-santiago-expected-to-sign-with-ufc-or-strikeforce-by-next-week</a>



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Ahhh...MMA Weekly vs ESPN. May the best man win.

Hint: I know who wins. :)
2/11/11 7:06 PM
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Brett Okamoto ESPN: "I stand by report. Expect Jorge in UFC."
2/11/11 7:13 PM
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EvilMaster - Ahhh...MMA Weekly vs ESPN. May the best man win.

Hint: I know who wins. :)

Or for the media literate, Jorge Santiago's agent vs. Brett Okamoto's anonymous sources
2/11/11 7:13 PM
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 interesting
2/11/11 7:19 PM
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Incredible signing, if true. The only thing that sucks about it? JMMA continues to die a quick, painful death :( It won't be long before Hioki, Sandro, Maxi, etc. get snagged too. Especially Maxi, if the UFC can't see the excitement that he brings, they are blind. 
2/11/11 7:20 PM
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Nice
2/11/11 7:29 PM
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Would very much like to see a leben rematch or a fight with stann at ufc 130 Phone Post
2/11/11 7:39 PM
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Take this with a grain of salt, but now I'm hearing that he is in fact signed with UFC. Not really sure who to believe at this point
2/11/11 7:42 PM
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smoogy = fail :)

He is going to the UFC. His manager can't say anything until it is officially announced. As usual with just about any fighter signing.

btw...The strikeforce weigh-in pics are up. Fedor looks like he usually does, but Bigfoot is in FANTASTIC shape. That's gonna be a good one.
2/11/11 7:48 PM
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 Supposedly they already have an opponent in place for Santiago's debut
2/11/11 7:53 PM
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I'd like to see him fight Stann.
2/11/11 7:58 PM
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knew this would happen, strikefarce had a shot at getting him but at the end of the day; the UFC offered him the most money and made sure he would get a fight soon.
2/11/11 8:00 PM
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orcus - I'd like to see him fight Stann.

 This seems like the most likely scenario actually
2/11/11 8:03 PM
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If true he should just fight Leben again to really guage how far he's come.

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