Danny Castillo

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Danny Castillo
Born Daniel Alfonso Castillo
(1979-08-25) August 25, 1979 (age 34)
San Francisco, California
Other names Last Call
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Sacramento, California
Team Team Alpha Male
Rank Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 17
By knockout 6
By submission 4
By decision 7
Losses 6
By knockout 2
By submission 2
By decision 2
Draws 0
No contests 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Daniel Alfonso Castillo (born August 25, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Castillo has made a name for himself fighting in California. He currently fights at lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He fights out of Sacramento, California and trains with Urijah Faber at Ultimate Fitness. In May 2013, Danny opened P2O Hot Pilates & Fitness in Sacramento, CA. [3][4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Castillo began training MMA in high school when he joined his high school wrestling team. His vice principal, who was also the wrestling coach, told Castillo that if he joined the team, he would not call his mother after seeing Castillo constantly in trouble. Castillo claims he was scared his first day at practice, "I got the [expletive] kicked out of me that day, but after that, I wasn't nervous at wrestling practice ever."[5] After leaving private school, Castillo graduated from public school and attended Menlo College; becoming an NAIA All American in 2004.[6] His nickname "Last Call" was given to him in college due to his ability perform very decently in his team's offseason morning runs albeit having been consuming massive amounts of alcohol until the last call.[7]

He made his professional debut in November 2007, fighting twice in the month, winning both fights via first round submission. After going 3-0, Castillo signed to fight on the Palace Fighting Championship's seventh card. He fought Andy Salazar winning via submission due to his tough ground and pound.

He won his fifth straight fight after defeating Strikeforce veteran, Isaiah Hill. With the win, Castillo was signed with the WEC.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Castillo made his debut against Donald Cerrone at WEC 34, replacing an injured Rich Crunkilton.[8] Cerrone defeated Castillo via first round armbar submission.

Castillo then fought Rafael Dias at WEC 36, winning via TKO in the second round.[9]

Four months later Castillo fought Phil Cardella at WEC 39. Castillo won the fight via split decision.

Castillo then defeated Ricardo Lamas, winning his third straight WEC fight.[10]

Castillo was defeated by Shane Roller via third round submission at WEC 44.[11]

Castillo looked to rebound from his loss to Roller when he fought Anthony Pettis at WEC 47, but lost via KO after getting caught flush with a head kick.[12]

Castillo defeated WEC newcomer Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[13]

Castillo next faced Will Kerr on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53.[14] He won the fight via KO in the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[15] On December 31, 2010, Castillo officially became a contracted UFC fighter, signing a four fight deal with the promotion.[16]

In his UFC debut, Castillo fought Joe Stevenson on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[17] Castillo controlled the entirety of the fight and won via unanimous decision.

Castillo faced Jacob Volkmann on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[18] He lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Castillo faced Shamar Bailey on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[19] Bailey came in 3 pounds over, which resulted being fined 20 percent of his earnings, and the bout took place at a catchweight of 158 lb.[20] Castillo won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Castillo faced Anthony Njokuani on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141 on five weeks notice, replacing an injured Ramsey Nijem.[21] Throughout the fight Castillo scored several suplex takedowns and looked to smother his opponent on the ground. He won the fight via split decision.

Castillo faced John Cholish on May 5, 2012 at UFC on Fox 3.[22] He defeated Cholish via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Castillo was expected to face Michael Johnson on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[23] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Castillo/Johnson was rescheduled and took place on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[24] After a dominant first round put in by Castillo, where he nearly finished Johnson via strikes and then with a submission attempt, he was knocked out cold with a counter left at 1:06 of the second round.

Castillo faced Paul Sass on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald.[25] Castillo used a superior top game and ground and pound in route to a unanimous decision victory.[26]

Castillo was expected to face Bobby Green on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[27] However, in mid-July, Green pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Tim Means.[28] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Castillo faced Edson Barboza on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[29] After a dominant first round by Castillo, Barboza was able to rally over rounds two and three, and defeated Castillo via majority decision in a bout that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[30]

Castillo was briefly linked to a bout with Isaac Vallie-Flagg on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172.[31] However, the UFC removed Vallie-Flagg from the bout in favor of a match up with Takanori Gomi, while Castillo instead fought against Charlie Brenneman.[32][33] Castillo won the fight via knockout in the second round.[34]

Castillo was expected to face Tony Ferguson on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[35] However, after UFC 176 was cancelled, Castillo/Ferguson was rescheduled and is now expected to take place on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177.[36]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17–6 Charlie Brenneman KO (punch) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 2 0:21 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Loss 16–6 Edson Barboza Decision (majority) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Fight of the Night
Win 16–5 Tim Means Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga July 27, 2013 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States Means missed weight; 160 lb catchweight bout
Win 15–5 Paul Sass Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald February 16, 2013 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 14–5 Michael Johnson KO (punches) UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot October 5, 2012 2 1:06 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 14–4 John Cholish Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 3 5:00 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–4 Anthony Njokuani Decision (split) UFC 141 December 30, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4 Shamar Bailey TKO (punches) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 1 4:52 San Jose, California, United States Bailey missed weight; 158 lb catchweight bout
Loss 11–4 Jacob Volkmann Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle August 14, 2011 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 11–3 Joe Stevenson Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann March 3, 2011 3 5:00 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 10–3 Will Kerr KO (punches) WEC 53 December 16, 2010 1 1:25 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 9–3 Dustin Poirier Decision (unanimous) WEC 50 August 18, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–3 Anthony Pettis KO (head kick and punches) WEC 47 March 6, 2010 1 2:17 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 8–2 Shane Roller Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 44 November 18, 2009 3 3:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–1 Ricardo Lamas TKO (punches) WEC 42 August 9, 2009 2 4:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–1 Phil Cardella Decision (split) WEC 39 March 1, 2009 3 5:00 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Win 6–1 Rafael Dias TKO (punches) WEC 36 November 5, 2008 2 2:54 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 5–1 Donald Cerrone Submission (armbar) WEC 34 June 1, 2008 1 1:30 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 5–0 Isaiah Hill Submission (rear-naked choke) CCFC: Mayhem May 17, 2008 1 2:46 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 4–0 Andy Salazar Submission (punches) Palace Fighting Championship 7 March 20, 2008 1 1:02 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 3–0 Noah Shinable TKO (punches) Cage Combat Fighting Championships February 16, 2008 2 2:42 Sonoma, California, United States
Win 2–0 Gigo Jara Submission (rear-naked choke) GC 73: High Noon December 22, 2007 1 3:45 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 1–0 Billy Terry Submission (rear-naked choke) GC 71: Lock-n-Load November 11, 2007 1 2:10 Porterville, California, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 172 Jones vs. Teixeira". UFC.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Duane Finley (February 8, 2013). "Danny Castillo Determined to Bounce Back Against Sass at UFC on Fuel TV 7". Bleacher Report. 
  3. ^ P20 Hot Pilates & Fitness
  4. ^ http://www.purefight.org/videos/coverage/view_video/235395-ultimate-fitness/193865-danny-castillo-more-cautious
  5. ^ Nagel, Kyle. "Fight Path: WEC 53's Danny Castillo can thank vice principal for MMA career". MMAjunkie. 
  6. ^ http://athletics.menlo.edu/allamer.php
  7. ^ Jeff Cain (2014-05-20). "What’s in a Nickname? Danny “Last Call” Castillo". 
  8. ^ "Donald Cerrone vs Danny Castillo WEC 34 fight booked with Rich Crunkilton injured". www.mmamania.com. 2008-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Danny Castillo vs Rafael Dias WEC 36 fight booked with Ed Ratcliffe scratched". www.mmamania.com. 2008-11-03. 
  10. ^ "Ricardo Lamas vs. Danny Castillo set for WEC 42". www.mmajunkie.com. 2009-06-12. 
  11. ^ "Shane Roller vs. Danny Castillo announced for WEC 44 main card". www.mmajunkie.com. 2009-10-11. 
  12. ^ "Danny Castillo and Anthony Pettis meet in lightweight matchup at WEC 47". www.mmajunkie.com. 2010-01-25. 
  13. ^ "Danny Castillo vs. newcomer Dustin Poirier a late addition to WEC 50 fight card". mmajunkie.com. 2010-07-26. 
  14. ^ "Danny Castillo vs. Will Kerr set for WEC 53". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  15. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ Stupp, Dann. "WEC lightweight Danny Castillo gets multi-fight UFC deal". MMAjunkie. 
  17. ^ "Joe Stevenson vs. Danny Castillo a late addition to UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  18. ^ "Lightweights Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann set for UFC on Versus 5". mmajunkie.com. May 11, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Shamar Bailey vs. Danny Castillo is 12th addition to UFC 139 fight card". mmajunkie.com. October 18, 2011. 
  20. ^ "UFC 139 official weigh-in results: Henderson (203), 'Shogun' (205) on weight (Updated)". MMAJunkie.com. November 18, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Ramsey Nijem out, Danny Castillo in against Anthony Njoukani at UFC 141". MMAjunkie.com. December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish added to UFC on FOX 3 in May". MMAjunkie.com. February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Danny Castillo vs Michael Johnson booked for UFC 151 on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas". mmamanania.com. June 21, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Castillo-Johnson shifts from UFC 151 to UFC on FX 5". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Castillo-Sass added to UFC on FUEL TV 7". MMAjunkie.com. December 6, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  26. ^ "UFC on Fuel 7 results: Danny Castillo stifles Paul Sass". MMAfighting.com. February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Castillo vs. Green set for UFC on FOX 8". MMAjunkie.com. April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  28. ^ Staff (2013-07-11). "Tim Means replaces Bobby Green, faces Danny Castillo at UFC on FOX 8". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  29. ^ Staff (2013-09-18). "Danny Castillo meets Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  30. ^ Staff (2013-12-14). "Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo". mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
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  32. ^ Staff (March 4, 2014). "Takanori Gomi replaces Danny Castillo, meets Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 172". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  33. ^ Staff (2014-03-05). "Danny Castillo rebooked against Charlie Brenneman at UFC 172". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  34. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-26). "Danny Castillo KOs Charlie Brenneman with one punch". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  35. ^ Staff (2014-06-11). "Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson booked for UFC 176 in August". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  36. ^ Heidi Fang (2014-07-08). "Danny Castillo on being a part of a canceled fight card and Mendes’ frustrations". mmafightcorner.com. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 

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