Mixed martial arts career Edit
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.
In 2006 he signed with Ultimate Fighting Championships, where he competed three times. He won his UFC debut against Justin Levens by first round KO, but lost his following UFC bouts against Chris Leben and Alan Belcher. After the two lost fights he 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 the top 10 fighter Jeremy Horn; and to the surprise of many people he submitted Horn in the first round.
The next challenge for Santiago was the Strikeforce Middleweight tournament on 11.16.2007. Competing in the tournament as the underdog, Santiago won the Grand Prix by defeating Sean Salmon and Trevor Prangley in 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.
Jorge is ranked #7 in the world at Middleweight according to Sherdog.com's rankings. He was set to face Vitor Belfort at Affliction: Trilogy, but the match was scrapped after the cancellation of the event.
Santiago last 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 unanimous decision victory over Khalidov at Sengoku 12.
MMA Record Edit
|22-8||Win||Mamed Khalidov||Decision (Unanimous)||Sengoku 12||07/3/2010||5||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Sengoku Middleweight Championship|
|TKO (Punches)||Sengoku 11||11/7/2009||1||2:45||Tokyo, Japan||Non title fight|
|21-7||Win||Kazuo Misaki||Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Sengoku Rebellion 2009||1/4/2009||5||3:26||Saitama, Japan||Won Sengoku Middleweight Championship|
|20-7||Win||Kazuhiro Nakamura||TKO (Punches)||Sengoku 6||11/1/2008||3||0:49||Saitama, Japan||Won Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008|
|19-7||Win||22px Siyar Bahadurzada||Submission (Heel Hook)||Sengoku 6||11/1/2008||1||1:10||Saitama, Japan|
|18-7||Win||Logan Clark||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||Sengoku 5||9/28/2008||2||3:35||Tokyo, Japan|
|17-7||Win||Yuki Sasaki||Submission (Armbar)||Sengoku 2||5/18/2008||3||2:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|16-7||Win||Trevor Prangley||TKO (Knee to the body)||Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives||11/16/2007||1||2:31||San Jose, California, USA||Won Strikeforce Middleweight Grand Prix|
|15-7||Win||Sean Salmon||KO (Jumping Knee)||Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives||11/16/2007||1||0:24||San Jose, California, USA|
|14-7||Win||Jeremy Horn||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UAFC - Art of War 3||09/1/2007||1||3:02||Dallas, Texas, USA|
|13-7||Win||Andrei Semenov||TKO (Strikes)||BodogFight: Clash of the Nations||4/14/2007||2||4:48||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|12-7||Loss||Alan Belcher||KO (Kick)||UFC Fight Night 7||12/13/06||3||2:45||San Diego, California, USA|
|12-6||Loss||Chris Leben||KO (Punch)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 6||08/17/2006||2||0:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|12-5||Win||Justin Levens||KO (Knee)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5||6/28/2006||1||2:13||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|11-5||Win||Thomas Russell||Submission (Armbar)||Fightfest 3||05/6/2006||1||1:59||Youngstown, Ohio, USA|
|10-5||Win||Sidney Machado||TKO (Punches)||Costa Rica - Fights 3||12/2/2005||2||0:49||Costa Rica|
|9-5||Win||Leopoldo Serao||TKO||Full Throttle 5||11/4/2005||1||0:43||Georgia, USA|
|8-5||Loss||Joey Villasenor||Decision (Unanimous)||KOTC: Prime Time||08/5/2005||3||5:00||San Jacincto, California, USA|
|8-4||Loss||Jordan Radev||Decision||It's Showtime: Amsterdam Arena||06/12/2005||N/A||N/A||Amsterdam, Holland|
|8-3||Win||Chris Liguori||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Euphoria - USA vs World||02/26/2005||1||3:27||Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA|
|7-3||Loss||Diego Sanchez||Decision (Unanimous)||KOTC 36: Unfinished Business||06/12/2004||3||5:00||San Jacincto, California, USA|
|7-2||Win||Takuya Wada||Submission (Armbar)||Absolute Fighting Championships 7||2/27/2004||1||1:52||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA|
|6-2||Win||John Cronk||Submission (Armbar)||KOTC 32: Bringing Heat||1/24/2004||2||0:54||Miami, Florida, USA|
|5-2||Loss||Keith Wisniewski||TKO||Absolute Fighting Championships 6||12/6/2003||3||2:14||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA|
|5-1||Win||LaVerne Clark||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Hardcore Fighting Championships 2||10/18/2003||1||2:17||Revere, Massachusetts, USA|
|4-1||Win||Derrick Noble||Decision (Unanimous)||Absolute Fighting Championships 5||09/5/2003||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA|
|3-1||Loss||Manvel Gamburyan||KO||KOTC 27: Aftermath||08/10/2003||1||0:21||San Jacincto, California, USA|
|3-0||Win||Justin Wieman||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 4||07/19/2003||1||4:11||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA|
|2-0||Win||Jay Martin||KO (Knee)||HOOKnSHOOT - Boot Camp 1.1||03/8/2003||N/A||N/A||Evansville, Indiana, USA|
|1-0||Win||Jose Rodriguez||Submission||Reality Fighting 2||11/2/2002||1||1:16||Wildwood, New Jersey, USA|
- Reigning Sengoku Middleweight Champion
- 2008 Sengoku Middleweight Grand Prix Champion
- 2007 Strikeforce Middleweight Grand Prix Champion