Gunnar Nelson Now Faces Jorge Santiago at UFC on Fuel 7 in London

January 23, 2013
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Jorge Santiago wins the Strikeforce beltA change has been made to the upcoming UFC on Fuel TV 7 fight card headed to London with young upstart Gunnar Nelson getting a new opponent.

Nelson was originally slated to face Ohio fighter Justin Edwards, but an injury has forced him to drop off the card.

Now the Icelandic fighter will instead face former middleweight contender turned welterweight Jorge Santiago, as he returns to the UFC after exiting the promotion for two fights.

Santiago comes back to the Octagon after originally signing with Strikeforce in 2012 after deciding to drop to 170 pounds, but he never actually got to fight there before the promotion closed up shop earlier this month.

Currently riding a two fight win streak, Santiago hopes to steal some of the thunder currently surrounding Nelson as one of the most hyped young fighters to sign with the promotion in a while.

Nelson vs. Santiago will face off as part of the UFC on Fuel TV 7 card headed to London on Feb. 16 at Wembley Arena.

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  • Joey

    Now that’s a replacement fight.

    Santiago’s 170lb debut against a potential breakout fighter. This will be a much more competitive fight than Nelson/Edwards. Both guys are great on the ground and Santiago will be much more powerful at 170.

  • dan

    This is why I dont mind seeing the UFC have the majority of the best fighters under their banner. Someone got hurt and they easily able to plug that hole. Santiago isnt the name he once was but he’s still a tough fight for new guys making their way.