Danny Castillo

Danny Castillo
Danny Castillo
Born Daniel Alfonso Castillo
August 25, 1979 (1979-08-25) (age 32)
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)
Style Wrestling, Boxing
Fighting out of Sacramento, California
Team Team Alpha Male
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 12
By knockout 5
By submission 4
By decision 3
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 1
Draws 0
No contests 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Daniel "Danny" Alfonso Castillo (born August 25, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight divisions. 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 Championships, and previously fighting for the World Extreme Cagefighting organization. He fights out of Sacramento, California and trains with Urijah Faber at Ultimate Fitness.[1]


Mixed Martial Arts Career

Early career

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."[2] After leaving private school, Castillo graduated from public school and attended Menlo College; becoming an NAIA All American in 2004 and also California Community College Northern California Regional Champion for Sacramento City College.[3]

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

Castillo made his debut stepping in to fight Donald Cerrone at WEC 34, losing via first round armbar submission. He then fought Rafael Dias at WEC 36, winning via TKO.

Four months later Castillo fought Phil Cardella at WEC 39. He won the fight via a narrow split decision. He then defeated Ricardo Lamas, winning his third straight WEC fight.

Castillo was defeated by Shane Roller via submission at WEC 44.[4]

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.[5]

Castillo defeated WEC newcomer Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[6]

Castillo next faced Will Kerr on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53.[7] He won the fight via KO in the first round, and was signed to the UFC as a part of WEC/UFC merger.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

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.[8]

On December 31, 2010, Castillo officially became a contracted UFC fighter, signing a four fight deal with the promotion.[9]

Castillo defeated Joe Stevenson on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[10]

Castillo faced Jacob Volkmann on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[11] He lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28 on all cards). [12]

Castillo faced Shamar Bailey on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[13] 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.[14] Castillo won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–4 Shamar Bailey TKO (punches) UFC 139 02011-11-19 November 19, 2011 1 4:54 San Jose, California, United States Bailey missed weight; 158 lb catchweight bout
Loss 11-4 Jacob Volkmann Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle 02011-08-14 August 14, 2011 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 11–3 Joe Stevenson Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann 02011-03-03 March 3, 2011 3 5:00 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 10–3 Will Kerr KO (punches) WEC 53 02010-12-16 December 16, 2010 1 1:25 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 9–3 Dustin Poirier Decision (unanimous) WEC 50 02010-08-18 August 18, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–3 Anthony Pettis KO (head kick and punches) WEC 47 02010-03-06 March 6, 2010 1 2:17 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 8–2 Shane Roller Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 44 02009-11-18 November 18, 2009 3 3:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–1 Ricardo Lamas TKO (punches) WEC 42 02009-08-09 August 9, 2009 2 4:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–1 Phil Cardella Decision (split) WEC 39 02009-03-01 March 1, 2009 3 5:00 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Win 6–1 Rafael Dias TKO (punches) WEC 36 02008-11-05 November 5, 2008 2 2:54 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Loss 5–1 Donald Cerrone Submission (armbar) WEC 34 02008-06-01 June 1, 2008 1 1:30 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 5–0 Isaiah Hill Submission (rear-naked choke) CCFC: Mayhem 02008-05-17 May 17, 2008 1 2:46 Santa Rosa, California, United States
Win 4–0 Andy Salazar Submission (punches) Palace Fighting Championship 7 02008-03-20 March 20, 2008 1 1:02 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 3–0 Noah Shinable TKO (punches) Cage Combat Fighting Championships 02008-02-16 February 16, 2008 2 2:42 Sonoma, California, United States
Win 2–0 Gigo Jara Submission (rear-naked choke) GC 73: High Noon 02007-12-22 December 22, 2007 1 3:45 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 1–0 Billy Terry Submission (rear-naked choke) GC 71: Lock-n-Load 02007-11-11 November 11, 2007 1 2:10 Porterville, California, United States


  1. ^ http://www.purefight.org/videos/coverage/view_video/235395-ultimate-fitness/193865-danny-castillo-more-cautious
  2. ^ Nagel, Kyle. "Fight Path: WEC 53's Danny Castillo can thank vice principal for MMA career". MMAjunkie. http://mmajunkie.com/news/21767/fight-path-wec-53-fighter-danny-castillo-can-thank-vice-principal-for-mma-career.mma. 
  3. ^ http://athletics.menlo.edu/allamer.php
  4. ^ "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo results". www.wec.tv/index.cfmom. 2009-11-19. http://www.wec.tv/index.cfm?fa=eventdetail.fightCard&eid=2395. 
  5. ^ "Danny Castillo and Anthony Pettis meet in lightweight matchup at WEC 47". www.mmajunkie.com. 2010-01-25. http://mmajunkie.com/news/17683/danny-castillo-and-anthony-pettis-meet-in-lightweight-matchup-at-wec-47.mma. 
  6. ^ "Danny Castillo vs. newcomer Dustin Poirier a late addition to WEC 50 fight card". mmajunkie.com. 2010-07-26. http://mmajunkie.com/news/20055/danny-castillo-vs-newcomer-dustin-poirier-a-late-addition-to-wec-50-fight-card.mma. 
  7. ^ "Danny Castillo vs. Will Kerr set for WEC 53". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/21185/danny-castillo-vs-will-kerr-renan-barao-vs-chris-cariaso-set-for-wec-53.mma. 
  8. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. http://mmajunkie.com/news/21189/ufc-and-wec-set-to-merge-in-2011-events-to-air-on-versus-and-spike-tv.mma. 
  9. ^ Stupp, Dann. "WEC lightweight Danny Castillo gets multi-fight UFC deal". MMAjunkie. http://mmajunkie.com/news/21926/wec-lightweight-danny-castillo-gets-multi-fight-ufc-deal.mma. 
  10. ^ "Joe Stevenson vs. Danny Castillo a late addition to UFC on Versus 3". mmajunkie.com. http://mmajunkie.com/news/22253/joe-stevenson-vs-danny-castillo-a-late-addition-to-ufc-on-versus-3.mma. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  11. ^ "Lightweights Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann set for UFC on Versus 5". mmajunkie.com. May 11, 2011. http://mmajunkie.com/news/23561/lightweights-danny-castillo-vs-jacob-volkmann-set-for-ufc-on-versus-5.mma. 
  12. ^ "UFC on Versus 5 Play-by-Play: Jacob Volkmann vs. Danny Castillo". MMAweekly.com. 2011-08-14. http://mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-versus-5-play-by-play-jacob-volkmann-vs-danny-castillo. 
  13. ^ "Shamar Bailey vs. Danny Castillo is 12th addition to UFC 139 fight card". mmajunkie.com. October 18, 2011. http://mmajunkie.com/news/25707/shamar-bailey-vs-danny-castillo-is-12th-addition-to-ufc-139-fight-card.mma. 
  14. ^ "UFC 139 official weigh-in results: Henderson (203), 'Shogun' (205) on weight (Updated)". MMAJunkie.com. November 18, 2011. http://mmajunkie.com/news/26157/ufc-139-shogun-vs-henderson-live-official-weigh-in-results.mma. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 

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