- Danny Castillo
Danny Castillo Born Daniel Alfonso Castillo
August 25, 1979
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.
Mixed Martial Arts 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." 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.
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
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.
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.
Castillo next faced Will Kerr on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53. 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
On December 31, 2010, Castillo officially became a contracted UFC fighter, signing a four fight deal with the promotion.
Castillo faced Shamar Bailey on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139. 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. Castillo won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Mixed martial arts record
Professional record breakdown 16 matches 12 wins 4 losses By knockout 5 1 By submission 4 2 By decision 3 1 Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Win 12–4 Shamar Bailey TKO (punches) UFC 139 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 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
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