Jorge Santiago fought in the UFC back in 2006 and went 1-2 with the organization. After that he fought a couple of small shows and then won the Strikeforce middleweight Grad Prix before heading to Japan and making a name for himself.
On Saturday Santiago made his long awaited return to the Octagon, but suffered his third straight knockout loss in the UFC.
The victory moves Brian Stan to 3-0 at middleweight after making the decision to drop down a weight class after suffering a decision loss to Phil Davis. Stann, a decorated Marine Corps officer, wanted to fight Memorial Day weekend to honor the troops who serving our country, and continually got the better of the exchanges on the feet.
Santiago started the second by attempting a takedown, but Stann was to defend and keep the fight on the feet. After knocking down Santiago a couple times Stann connected again late in the second round to drop Santiago and followed him to the floor to finish the fight with some viscous ground and pound.
Stann was continually winning the striking exchanges and was able to stop Santiago's lone attempt to take the fight to the ground. Stann proved himself to be the much better fighter in the Octagon that night and now looks to continue gaining momentum in pursuit of a title shot.
The impressive victory moves Stann into position to face a top-five middleweight in his next outing. While Santiago will probably be given a chance to try and redeem himself, before getting his walking papers from the UFC.