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Jorge Santiago Released by Sengoku, Plans Return to U.S.

Jorge SantiagoSengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago has been granted his release from the Japanese organization and plans to quickly sign with a major North American promotion, MMAFighting reports.

Santiago (23-8) won the title over Kazuo Misaki in January 2009 and most-recently defended the belt over Misaki in August in one of the top fights of last year.

American Top Team’s Santiago began his career in the U.S. with stints in the UFC and Strikeforce, where he won a middleweight tournament in 2007, before going 7-1 in Sengoku since 2008.

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