According to a recent report made by MMAFighting.com, the long-rumored middleweight match up between Jorge Santiago and Brian Stann has been made official for the upcoming UFC 130 fight card.
After requesting a contract release from the Sengoku fight promotion, Jorge Santiago was heavily rumored to be signing with the UFC. Though there were conflicting reports issued–directly by Santiago himself at one point–the American Top Team member has officially signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC and will be taking his first fight back in the UFC against Stann.
Santiago originally appeared in the UFC for a three-fight stint back in 2006, going 1-2 with losses to Chris Leben and Alan Belcher and a win over Justin Levens. Santiago has gone 11-1 since that stint, racking up notable wins over Mamed Khalidov, Siyar Bahadurzada, Jeremy Horn, Kazuhiro Nakamura and Kazuo Misaki (twice). He is currently on a two-fight winning streak, having rebounded from a loss to Khalidov by defeating him in a subsequent bout and then forcing Misaki’s corner to throw in the towel in their second fight.
Brian “All-American” Stann is also riding a two-fight victory streak, having rebounded from a loss to Phil Davis at light heavyweight by dropping to middleweight and defeating both Mike Massenzio and Chris Leben. In his most recent outing, against Leben, Stann shocked the world by becoming only the second man (the first being Anderson Silva) to have defeated Leben by knockout, as he dispatched “The Crippler” in the first round of their fight.
UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 will go down this May 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.