Jorge Santiago returns to UFC; replaces Justin Edwards to fight Gunnar Nelson at UFC on Fuel TV 7

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Jorge Santiago has found himself competing under the UFC banner once more, this time as a welterweight. The former Sengoku Middleweight Champion replaces an injured Justin Edwards to take on unbeaten prospect Gunnar Nelson in London next month. Get all the details below.

A familiar face is returning to the UFC next month (Feb. 16, 2013) for UFC on Fuel TV 7 in London as former Sengoku Middleweight ChampionJorge Santiago will be making his third stint inside the Octagon.

Santiago recently dropped down to welterweight and will be taking on unbeaten prospect Gunnar Nelson at Wembley Arena in the UK, according to the UFC's UK twitter account:

Details of Edwards' injury were not disclosed.

Nelson made his debut with the UFC last September at UFC on FUEL TV 5, destroying an overweight DaMarques Johnso via first round submission, improving his record to 10-0 with all victories coming by way of stoppage. .

Jorge Santiago (25-10) will be hoping the third stint in the UFC is the charm. "The Sandman" 1-2 in in the promotion back in 2006 before going on a solid 11-1 run in other organizations. His return to the UFC in 2011 did not go as planned, losing consecutive fights to both Brian Stann and Demian Maia before being released.

Since Santiago's release, he's scored a pair of first round stoppage victories under the Titan Fighting Championship banner and will be hoping a new weight class will improve his performance in the world's biggest and best promotion.

UFC on Fuel TV 7 features an interim bantamweight title fight between Michael McDonald and Renan Barao as well as a pair of intriguing light heavyweight match-ups featuring Jimi Manuwa vs. Cyrille Diabate and Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna.

What do you think of Santiago's return to the UFC?.

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