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.
|Born||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)|
|Style||BJJ, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Boca Raton, Florida|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo Liborio|
|Years active||2002 – 2013|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
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 ChampionshipEdit
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 UFCEdit
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 StintEdit
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 FightingEdit
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 lineageEdit
Santiago is married. He has a daughter from a previous relationship.
Championships and achievementsEdit
- 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 recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||25 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||25–12||Gerald Harris||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 4||August 10, 2013||3||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Loss||25–11||Gunnar Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald||February 16, 2013||3||5:00||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||25–10||Justin Guthrie||Submission (inverted heel hook)||TFC 23||June 15, 2012||1||1:34||Fort Riley, Kansas, United States|
|Win||24–10||Leonardo Pecanha||KO (punches)||TFC 21||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 Raiden Championships 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 Raiden Championships 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 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 37: 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|
- T.P. Grant (June 19, 2012). "Judo Chop: Jorge Santiago's Inverted Heel Hook From Open Guard". bloodyelbow.com.
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- Mike Whitman (August 23, 2012). "Thomson-Fodor, Santiago-Mulhern, Two Other Bouts Added to Strikeforce 'Melendez vs. Healy'". sherdog.com.
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