October 9, 1980 |
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Other names||The Sandman|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Welterweight (2002-2005, 2013-present)
|Reach||74 in (190 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Team||Jaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsublack belt in|
|Years active||2002 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jorge Santiago Rodrigues (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɔʁʒi sɐ̃tʃiˈaɡu]; born October 9, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the welterweight division. He trains with the Blackzilians based in Boca Raton, Florida. He was the first Sengoku Middleweight Champion. Santiago was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Mixed martial arts career 
Early career 
Jorge 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 7, losing by KO to Chris Leben in the second round and to Alan Belcher by KO in the third round. He then left the UFC for greener pastures.
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 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.
Continuing on his path of success, Santiago became World Victory Road's first Middleweight Grand Prix champion, by defeating Yuki Sasaki, Logan Clark, Siyar Bahadurzada, and Kazuhiro Nakamura. The last two fights were on the same night.
Santiago then fought at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 against 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.
Santiago defended his title for a second time when he defeated Kazuo Misaki via TKO at Sengoku 14 in August 2010.
Return to UFC 
On February 8, 2011, Santiago requested and was granted his release from World Victory Road. On February 16, he signed a multi-fight contract to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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 Quinn Mulhern at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy on September 29th, 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: Barao 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.
Personal life 
Santiago and his wife have a daughter.
Championships and achievements 
- Sengoku Raiden Championship
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|36 matches||25 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||25–11||Gunnar Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald||February 16, 2013||3||5:00||London, England||Return to Welterweight|
|Win||25–10||Justin Guthrie||Submission (inverted heel hook)||TitanFC 23: Santiago vs. Guthrie||June 15, 2012||1||1:34||Fort Riley, Kansas, United States|
|Win||24–10||Leonardo Pecanha||KO (punches)||Titan FC 21: Santiago vs. Pecanha||March 2, 2012||1||1:48||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||23–10||Demian Maia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 136||October 8, 2011||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||23–9||Brian Stann||KO (punches)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||2||4:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||23–8||Kazuo Misaki||TKO (corner stoppage)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 14||August 22, 2010||5||4:31||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Sengoku Middleweight Championship; Fight of the Year|
|Win||22–8||Mamed Khalidov||Decision (split)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 12||March 7, 2010||5||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Sengoku Middleweight Championship|
|Loss||21–8||Mamed Khalidov||KO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11||November 7, 2009||1||2:45||Tokyo, Japan||Non title fight|
|Win||21–7||Kazuo Misaki||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009||January 4, 2009||5||3:26||Saitama, Japan||Won Sengoku Middleweight Championship|
|Win||20–7||Kazuhiro Nakamura||KO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6||November 1, 2008||3||0:49||Saitama, Japan||Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008 Final Round|
|Win||19–7||Siyar Bahadurzada||Submission (heel hook)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6||November 1, 2008||1||1:10||Saitama, Japan||Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008 Semifinal Round|
|Win||18–7||Logan Clark||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5||September 28, 2008||2||3:55||Tokyo, Japan||Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008 Opening Round|
|Win||17–7||Yuki Sasaki||Submission (armbar)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2||May 18, 2008||3||2:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||16–7||Trevor Prangley||TKO (knee to the body)||Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives||November 16, 2007||1||2:31||San Jose, California, United States||Won Strikeforce Middleweight Grand Prix Final|
|Win||15–7||Sean Salmon||KO (flying knee)||Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives||November 16, 2007||1||0:24||San Jose, California, United States||Strikeforce Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal|
|Win||14–7||Jeremy Horn||Submission (triangle choke)||Art of War 3: Monson vs. Rizzo||September 1, 2007||1||3:02||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–7||Andrei Semenov||TKO (punches)||Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations||April 14, 2007||2||4:48||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||12–7||Alan Belcher||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs Riggs||December 13, 2006||3||2:45||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||12–6||Chris Leben||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night 6||August 17, 2006||2||0:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–5||Justin Levens||KO (knee and punches)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5||June 28, 2006||1||2:13||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–5||Thomas Russell||Submission (armbar)||Fightfest 3||May 6, 2006||1||1:59||Youngstown, Ohio, United States|
|Win||10–5||Sydney Machado||TKO (punches)||Costa Rica: Fights 3||December 2, 2005||2||0:49||Costa Rica|
|Win||9–5||Leopoldo Serao||TKO (punches)||Full Throttle 5||November 4, 2005||1||0:43||Georgia, United States|
|Loss||8–5||Joey Villaseñor||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 58: Prime Time||August 5, 2005||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States||For King of the Cage Middleweight Championship|
|Loss||8–4||Jordan Radev||Decision (unanimous)||It's Showtime: Amsterdam Arena||June 12, 2005||2||5:00||Amsterdam, Holland||Debut at Middleweight|
|Win||8–3||Chris Liguori||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Euphoria: USA vs World||February 26, 2005||1||3:27||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||7–3||Diego Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 36: Unfinished Business||June 12, 2004||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States||For King of the Cage Welterweight Championship|
|Win||7–2||Takuya Wada||Submission (armbar)||Absolute Fighting Championships 7||February 27, 2004||1||1:52||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–2||John Cronk||Submission (armbar)||KOTC 32: Bringing Heat||January 24, 2004||2||0:54||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Keith Wisniewski||KO (punches)||Absolute Fighting Championships 6||December 6, 2003||3||2:14||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–1||Laverne Clark||Submission (triangle choke)||Hardcore Fighting Championships 2||October 18, 2003||1||2:17||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||4–1||Derrick Noble||Decision (unanimous)||Absolute Fighting Championships 5||September 5, 2003||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Manny Gamburyan||KO (punch)||KOTC 27: Aftermath||August 10, 2003||1||0:21||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Justin Wieman||Submission (triangle choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 4||July 19, 2003||1||4:11||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jay Martin||KO (punches)||HOOKnSHOOT: Boot Camp 1.1||March 8, 2003||1||0:14||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jose Rodriguez||Submission (knees)||Reality Fighting 2||November 2, 2002||1||1:16||Wildwood, New Jersey, United States|
- "Jorge Santiago to face Mamed Khalidov in "Sengoku 11th Battle" non-title affair". MMAjunkie.
- "Demian Maia meets Jorge Santiago at UFC 136". mmajunkie.com. July 15, 2011.
- Mike Whitman (August 23, 2012). "Thomson-Fodor, Santiago-Mulhern, Two Other Bouts Added to Strikeforce 'Melendez vs. Healy'". sherdog.com.
- Staff (January 23, 2013). "Justin Edwards out, Jorge Santiago in against Gunnar Nelson at UFC on FUEL TV 7". mmajunkie.com.
- MMAjunkie.com Staff (February 20, 2013). "UFC releases Jon Fitch, Vladimir Matyushenko, 14 others". mmajunkie.com.
- "Jorge Santiago on life in the USA and getting back to the UFC". Fightersonlymagazine.com. August 9, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
|New championship||1st Sengoku Middleweight Champion
January 4, 2009 – February 8, 2011