The injury bug has done a number on several UFC cards over the past month. With Octagon fighters dropping like flies, veterans like Jorge Santiago (Pictured) continue to produce in other promotions hoping for another shot at the big leagues.
“For sure. I see guys getting hurt, they need to make the fight and they look for somebody else,” Santiago told 5thRound.com of his willing and waiting status. “It’s just one extra thing to motivate me. Stay in shape, staying sharp and always learning new things.
“Sooner or later, somebody comes to your door, you better be ready for your chance. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Santiago was released from the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion after posting a unanimous decision defeat to Demian Maia at UFC 136. It was the Brazilian’s second consecutive loss. However, “The Sandman” has managed to right the ship by rattling off two straight 1stRound finishes in Titan Fighting Championship.
It took him all of 94 seconds to submit Justin Guthrie this past Friday.
That pretty much sums up Santiago’s 25-10 MMA résumé. The 31-year-old steamrolls nearly every opponent placed in front of him, but for whatever reason, has gone just 1-4 in two separate stints in the UFC.
“Everything happens for a reason. The reason for this one, I don’t really know,” Santiago revealed. “The only thing I know, when you make a change you change for good – we’re not going back to the same place we were.
“It’s a learning process. I try to stay positive and maybe next time will be a different result.”
Whether it’s a knock at the door or an offer on the other end of the telephone line, Santiago is ready for another shot at UFC redemption.
“Jorge Santiago is still here,” he said in closing. “You guys are gonna hear more and more from me because I’m still going to be knocking people out.”