Jorge Santiago Replacing Justin Edwards At UFC on FUEL TV 7
MMA Junkie reports that Jorge Santiago (25-10 MMA, 1-4 UFC) will replace Justin Edwards (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) against Gunnar Nelson (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a welterweight bout at UFC on FUEL TV 7. Edwards suffered an injury but the extent was unknown.
The event takes place on February 16 at London’s Wembley Arena. The main card is on FUEL TV after preliminary fights on Facebook. Nelson vs Santiago will be on the main card.
Nelson made his debut in September at UFC on FUEL TV 5 and beat DaMarques Johnson by submission in the first round. It was his tenth stoppage win in ten wins. Santiago will return to the UFC for a third run. His first UFC run was 1-2 in 2006 before a 11-1 run in organizations like Strikeforce and World Victory Road/Sengoku. He returned to the UFC in 2011 before back-to-back losses to Brian Stann and Demian Maia. He then had back-to-back first round wins in TItan FC over Leonardo Pecanha and Justin Guthrie.
Here’s the card:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV, 3 p.m. ET)
Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald – for interim bantamweight title
Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson
Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa
Gunnar Nelson vs. Jorge Santiago
Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna
Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, noon ET)
Terry Etim vs. Renee Forte
Danny Castillo vs. Paul Sass
Josh Grispi vs. Andy Ogle
Stanislav Nedkov vs. Tom Watson
Vaughan Lee vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Ulysses Gomez vs. Phil Harris