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Jorge Santiago signs with Strikeforce, booked to fight Quinn Mulhern on Sept. 29 in Sacramento

Photo of Jorge Santiago by Eshter Lin/MMA Fighting.
Photo of Jorge Santiago by Eshter Lin/MMA Fighting.

Well this just seems downright logical.

Jorge Santiago may have gone 1-4 in two separate stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but that doesn't mean he holds no value to Zuffa. In fact, now that he's made the drop to welterweight, the powers that be wasted no time in signing him to Strikeforce to help bolster the promotion's 170-pound division.

He'll make his debut against Quinn Mulhern on Sept. 29, 2012, at the "Melendez vs. Healy" event set for the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California.

Santiago made his return to the UFC in May of last year after going on a tear through both Strikeforce and Sengoku following his first release from the world's largest fight promotion. But he fell in consecutive fights to Brian Stann and Demian Maia and was sent back to the regional scene.

There, he took care of business with two first round finishes under the Titan Fighting Championships umbrella and that was deemed enough to bring him back into the fold, likely in the hopes that he can make a splash in his new division and providing a fresh and interesting challenger for Nate Marquardt's title.

In order to do so, he'll have to first get through Mulhern, a 27-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace sporting an 18-2 record and currently riding a three-fight win streak.

He was last seen earning a close splite decision win over Yuri Villefort back on May 19 at the Strikeforce: "Barnett vs. Cormier" event. This will mark his fifth fight for the promotion and undoubtedly the biggest of his career.

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Strikeforce in Sacramento will feature a lightweight championship showdown pitting current titleholder and top ranked 155-pound scrapper Gilbert Melendez taking on veteran mixed martial artist Pat Healy.

For more on the upcoming Strikeforce: "Melendez vs. Healy" event on Sept. 29 on Showtime be sure to check out our comprehensive news archive right here.

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