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October 21, 1972 |
Concord, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Fighting out of||Pleasant Hill, California|
|Team||Cesar Gracie Fight Team|
|Rank||white belt in Gracie jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Gil Castillo (born October 21, 1972) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist who has competed in the UFC, WEC, IFC, and King of the Cage. Castillo is the former King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Champion.
Castillo excelled in wrestling and after competing for California State University at Long Beach, he entered the trials for the Olympic team. He went 2-2, and needed to win his fourth match to get on the squad that trains for the alternate team, but lost on points. After becoming a licensed stockbroker, Castillo found Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 1995, and was trained by Cesar Gracie and Ralph Gracie before they introduced him to mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Castillo made his professional debut in early 1997 in a tournament. He won his debut via rear-naked choke submission only 40 seconds into the first round. He won his next fight after his opponent broke his wrist during the fight, and in the tournament final, Castillo faced veteran Vernon White and won via armbar submission in just three minutes. Castillo fought for the King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Championship on April 29, 2001 against then-champion Joe Hurley. In a back-and-forth fight, Castillo scored seven takedowns on the Lion's Den fighter, and won via unanimous decision. Castillo then fought future Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nate Marquardt for the IFC Welterweight Championship and won via unanimous decision before being invited to compete in the UFC.
At UFC 33 on September 28, 2001, Castillo made his UFC debut, fighting a much-larger Dave Menne for the first-ever UFC Middleweight Championship. Castillo lost via unanimous decision and was handed his first professional loss.
After picking up a unanimous decision win over Chris Brennan at UFC 35, Castillo fought for the UFC Welterweight Championship against then-champion Matt Hughes at UFC 40 on November 22, 2002. Castillo lost via doctor stoppage due to a cut received in the first round.
Castillo fought on May 21, 2004 at WEC 10 against future IFL Lightweight Champion Ryan Schultz and lost via TKO. His last appearance for the organization was on October 14, 2005 at WEC 17 against Steve Ramirez. Castillo won via TKO. Castillo's fought last on April 1, 2006 in an IFC event against current UFC Welterweight Jake Ellenberger. Castillo lost via TKO in the first round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||11 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||11-5||Jake Ellenberger||TKO||IFC Cage Combat||April 1, 2006||1||1:30|
|Win||11-4||Steve Ramerez||TKO (punches)||WEC 17||October 14, 2005||2||4:01|
|Loss||10-4||Ryan Schultz||Decision (majority)||WEC 10||May 21, 2004||3||5:00|
|Loss||10-3||Renato Verissimo||TKO (corner stoppage)||Rumble on the Rock 4||October 10, 2003||2||5:00|
|Win||10-2||Chris Williams||TKO (corner stoppage)||WEC 6||March 27, 2003||1||5:00|
|Loss||9-2||Matt Hughes||TKO (cut)||UFC 40||November 22, 2002||1||5:00||For UFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||9-1||Chris Brennan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 35||January 11, 2002||3||5:00|
|Loss||8-1||Dave Menne||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 33||September 28, 2001||5||5:00||For UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||8-0||Nate Marquardt||Decision (unanimous)||IFC 14 Warriors Challenge 14||July 18, 2001||5||5:00||Won IFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||7-0||Joe Hurley||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC 8 - Bombs Away||April 29, 2001||3||5:00||Won King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Championship|
|Win||6-0||Raymond Mansfield||Submission (omo plata)||IFC Warriors Challenge 10||October 11, 2000||1|
|Win||5-0||Robert Ferguson||Decision (unanimous)||IFC Warriors Challenge 8||June 14, 2000||N/A||Friant, California|
|Win||4-0||Dennis Muehy||Submission (armbar)||IFC Warriors Challenge 6||March 25, 2000||1||1:17||Friant, California|
|Win||3-0||Aaron Sampson||Submission (armbar)||Stockton Brawl||Sept 28, 1998||1||1:17||Stockton, California|
|Win||2-0||Vernon White||Submission (armbar)||Stockton Challenge 2||January 17, 1998||1||3:00||Stockton, California||Won Stockton Challenge 2 Tournament|
|Win||1-0||Allen Fernandez||Submission (rear naked choke)||Stockton Challenge 2||January 17, 1998||1||0:40||Stockton, California|