Following a week of confusion, Jorge Santiago has confirmed that he has signed a deal to return to the UFC. Santiago told USA Today he chose the UFC over other promotions because they have all the marketing power, all the fans and it’s the place everyone wants to be.
You could have signed with other organizations. Why UFC?
It’s been two years already that I’m ranked a top-10 fighter in the world. I guess right now, I’m No. 6, behind five guys in UFC right now.
Once I started doing this, I didn’t just start doing it because I wanted to be a mixed martial arts fighter. I started because I wanted to be the champion of this sport.
That’s why I’m picking UFC. I think it’s the best place to be right now. It’s a lot of marketing. It’s a lot of fans.
That’s the place you want to be, because if I want to beat the guys above me, they are over there, so I have to go up to them.
Did UFC also make you the best financial offer?
Yeah. I’m happy with the contract that I signed. I love to be in UFC, because Dana White and Joe Silva treat me very well. I have nothing to complain with UFC. I just love it. I just want to thanks to UFC for taking care of me and bringing me back after five years.
Santiago later revealed on MMA Weekly Radio that he meet Brian Stann at UFC 130 as rumored last week. Santiago also named every top UFC middleweight including Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt and Michael Bisping as fighters he’d like to compete against in the Octagon.
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