The ending, late in the second round. Stann dropped Santiago with a huge left, then dropped six massive punches that put Santiago on dream street.
Where do these guys go from here?
Brian Stann ended any debate over whether he's a top middleweight or not with this finish of Santiago. He wants Wanderlei Silva next, but that still not be something the UFC is looking at doing. A shot at the winner of the Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama bout at UFC 133 would be a logical next step for the All American.
As for Santiago, it's back to the drawing board. A win in his return to the UFC here would have cemented his spot amongst the contenders at 185, but it's hard to know where he sits in the pecking order now. Fighting the loser of Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben at UFC 132 could be a good fit. Either that or the loser of the Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz fight at UFC 131.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now. This won fight of the night, and Stann looked extremely impressive. Despite getting dropped in the first and finished in the second, Santiago had a couple of bright spots as well. This is one of the few fights on the UFC 130 card you shouldn't miss.
More UFC 130 Results and Analysis from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
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