Danny Castillo

Daniel Alfonso Castillo (born August 25, 1979) is a retired American mixed martial artist. A professional from 2007 until 2015, he competed in 22 bouts with both the UFC and WEC.

Danny Castillo
BornDaniel Alfonso Castillo
(1979-08-25) August 25, 1979 (age 42)
San Francisco, California, United States
Other namesLast Call
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach71 in (180 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofSacramento, California
TeamTeam Alpha Male
Rank  Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Fábio "Pateta" Prado[3]
WrestlingNAIA wrestling[3]
Years active2007-2015
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission4
By decision7
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Castillo began training MMA when he joined the wrestling team at his high school in suburban Sacramento. 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."[4] After leaving private school, Castillo graduated from Laguna Creek High School (Elk Grove, CA) and attended Menlo College; becoming an NAIA All American in 2004.[5] 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.[6]

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 CagefightingEdit

Castillo made his debut against Donald Cerrone at WEC 34, replacing an injured Rich Crunkilton.[7] Cerrone defeated Castillo via first round armbar submission.

Castillo then fought Rafael Dias at WEC 36, winning via TKO in the second round.[8]

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.[9]

Castillo was defeated by Shane Roller via third round submission at WEC 44.[10]

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.[11]

Castillo defeated WEC newcomer Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[12]

Castillo next faced Will Kerr on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53.[13] He won the fight via KO in the first round.

In 2016 Castillo defeated Curtis Brown by rear naked choke in Cancun, Mexico at the ME resort.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

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.[14] On December 31, 2010, Castillo officially became a contracted UFC fighter, signing a four-fight deal with the promotion.[15]

In his UFC debut, Castillo fought Joe Stevenson on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[16] 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.[17] He lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Castillo faced Shamar Bailey on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Castillo/Johnson was rescheduled and took place on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[23] 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: Barão vs. McDonald.[24] Castillo used a superior top game and ground and pound en route to a unanimous decision victory.[25]

Castillo was expected to face Bobby Green on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[26] However, in mid-July, Green pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Tim Means.[27] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Castillo faced Edson Barboza on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[28] After a dominant first round by Castillo, Barboza was able to rally over rounds two and three, and defeated Castillo via majority decision[29] 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 took place on August 30, 2014 at UFC 177.[36] Castillo lost the back and forth fight via split decision.[37]

Castillo was expected to face Rustam Khabilov on January 3, 2015 at UFC 182.[38] However, Khabilov pulled out of the bout due to alleged visa issues[39] and was replaced by Paul Felder.[40] Castillo lost the bout via knockout due to a spinning backfist in the second round.

A rescheduled bout with Rustam Khabilov was expected to take place on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16.[41] However, for a second time, Khabilov was removed from the pairing due to alleged visa issues. Castillo faced Jim Miller at the event.[42] He lost the fight by split decision.[43]

Castillo faced Nik Lentz on December 19, 2015 at UFC on Fox 17.[44] He lost the fight by split decision.[45]

On January 29, 2016, Castillo was released from the UFC.[46]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
27 matches 17 wins 10 losses
By knockout 6 3
By submission 4 2
By decision 7 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 17–10 Nik Lentz Decision (split) UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2 December 19, 2015 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Loss 17–9 Jim Miller Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2 July 25, 2015 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 17–8 Paul Felder KO (spinning back fist) UFC 182 January 3, 2015 2 2:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 17–7 Tony Ferguson Decision (split) UFC 177 August 30, 2014 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
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 Catchweight (160 lbs) bout; Means missed weight.
Win 15–5 Paul Sass Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Barão 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 Catchweight (158 lbs) bout; Bailey missed weight.
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

See alsoEdit


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