Yorgan De Castro

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Yorgan de Castro
Born (1987-12-19) December 19, 1987 (age 33)
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Other namesThe Mad Titan
NationalityLuso-Cape Verdean
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight262 lb (119 kg; 18 st 10 lb)
Reach74 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofFall River, Massachusetts, United States
TeamRegiment Training Center
Years active2017–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By decision1
By knockout1
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Yorgan de Castro (born December 19, 1987) is a Luso-Cape Verdean mixed martial artist who competes in the Heavyweight division. He is most notable for fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Castro was born and raised in the island of St. Vincent, Cape Verde.[2] At 18 years old he moved to Portugal and started kickboxing training, making his official fighting debut only 6 months after. He dreamed of one day fighting in the big kickboxing promotions K-1 and Glory but never believed it would be possible in Portugal.[2]

Later moving to the US to be with his family, his uncle convinced him to train at Lauzon MMA, owned by the current UFC Fighter Joe Lauzon, where he discovered MMA and started training.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Starting his career in 2017, Castro compiled a 4-0 record fighting mainly for CES MMA. He was invited on Dana White's Contender Series 17 in order to compete for a UFC contract, which successfully gained through a TKO victory against Sanford Alton Meeks [3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Castro made his UFC debut at UFC 243 on October 6, 2019 against Justin Tafa.[4] He won the fight in the first round via knockout.[5] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus as well.[6]

Castro was initially scheduled to face Greg Hardy on March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik.[7] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed .[8] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed[9] and the bout eventually took place on May 9, 2020.[10] Yorgan lost the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Castro was briefly linked to a heavyweight bout on October 4, 2020 with Ben Sosoli at UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana. However, Sosoli pulled out of the fight in late July citing an eye surgery and was replaced by Carlos Felipe.[12] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Castro faced Jarjis Danho on April 10, 2021 at UFC on ABC 2.[14] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[15]

On April 30, it was revealed that Castro was no longer with the UFC.[16]

Post UFC[edit]

Castro was scheduled to make his first appearance after his UFC release against Rakim Cleveland on August 6, 2021 at CES 63.[17] However, Castro announced that he had withdrawn from the bout due to family issues.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Yorgan de Castro has stated that if he had to pick a hero, it would be Daniel Cormier due to his figure (short range and size) for the heavyweight division and unbelievable talent and determination.[2] Yorgan is married and has a 6 year old daughter.[2]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
9 matches 6 wins 3 losses
By knockout 5 1
By decision 1 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–3 Jarjis Danho KO (punch) UFC on ABC: Vettori vs. Holland April 10, 2021 1 3:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 6–2 Carlos Felipe Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana October 4, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 6–1 Greg Hardy Decision (unanimous) UFC 249 May 9, 2020 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 Justin Tafa KO (punch) UFC 243 October 6, 2019 1 2:10 Melbourne, Australia Performance of the Night.
Win 5–0 Sanford Alton Meeks TKO (leg kick and punches) Dana White's Contender Series 17 June 18, 2019 1 4:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Carlton Little Sr. Decision (unanimous) CES MMA 54 January 19, 2019 3 5:00 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Heavyweight debut.
Win 3–0 Ras Hylton KO (punch) NEF 36 November 17, 2018 1 2:36 Portland, Maine, United States Won the vacant Fight Night Catchweight (225 lb) Championship.
Win 2–0 David White TKO (punches) CES MMA 50 June 15, 2018 3 2:20 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Win 1–0 James Dysard TKO (punches) CES MMA 47 November 17, 2017 1 0:39 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Light Heavyweight debut; Castro missed weight (208 lb).


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Stats | UFC". ufcstats.com. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e Renan Brunacci (3 October 2019). "Yorgan de Castro sabes? Veja quem é a nova sensação do UFC". Fairplay. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  3. ^ MMA, LowKick (2019-06-19). "Dana White's Contender Series 17 Results: Two Fighters Earn Contracts". LowKickMMA.com. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  4. ^ "Justin Tafa vs. Yorgan De Castro elevated to UFC 243 main card – Fight News Australia". Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  5. ^ Anderson, Jay (2019-10-05). "UFC 243 Results: Justin Tafa Leveled by Yorgan De Castro". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  6. ^ a b Alexander Lee (2019-10-06). "UFC 243 bonuses: Israel Adesanya rewarded for championship-winning knockout". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  7. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (2019-12-27). "Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro announced for UFC Columbus". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-12-28.
  8. ^ Nolan King and John Morgan (2020-03-15). "UFC postpones three events amid growing coronavirus outbreak". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  9. ^ Brett Okamoto (2020-04-09). "Dana White says UFC 249 will not happen April 18". espn.com. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  10. ^ "REVISED – UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje Fight Card | MMAWeekly.com". 2020-04-27. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  11. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-05-09). "UFC 249 Results: Greg Hardy Cruises After Yorgan De Castro Injury". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  12. ^ Raphael Marinho and Zeca Azevedo (2020-07-30). "UFC confirms fight between Carlos Boi and Yorgan de Castro for event in October". globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 2020-07-30. (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-10-04). "UFC Fight Island 4 Results: Carlos Felipe Outworks Yorgan De Castro". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  14. ^ DNA, MMA (2021-01-16). "Yorgan de Castro treft Jarjis Danho tijdens UFC evenement op 10 april". MMA DNA. Retrieved 2021-01-17.
  15. ^ Behunin, Alex (10 April 2021). "UFC Vegas 23 Results: Jarjis Danho Knocks Yorgan De Castro Out Cold". Cageside Press. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  16. ^ Alexander, Mookie (2021-05-12). "Oskar Piechota, Yorgan de Castro among nine fighters removed from UFC roster". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  17. ^ "Yorgan De Castro will be back in action against Rakim Cleveland on August 6th for CES 63". Twitter. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  18. ^ "Castro vs. Cleveland Cancelled". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  19. ^ Sherdog.com. "Yorgan De Castro". Sherdog. Retrieved 2020-08-07.

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