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Gil Castillo (born October 21, 1965) is a retired American professional mixed martial artist who has competed in the UFC, WEC and King of the Cage. Castillo is the former King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Champion.

Gil Castillo
Born (1965-10-21) October 21, 1965 (age 53)
Concord, California, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Fighting out ofPleasant Hill, California
TeamCesar Gracie Fight Team
RankWhite belt in Gracie jiu-jitsu
Years active1998–2006
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission5
By decision4
By knockout3
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Castillo excelled in wrestling at Antioch High School[1] 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.[2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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.[3]


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.[4]


Castillo then began fighting for the WEC, making his debut for the organization on March 27, 2003 at WEC 6 against Chris Williams. Castillo won via TKO.

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.[5]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 11 wins 5 losses
By knockout 2 3
By submission 5 0
By decision 4 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–5 Jake Ellenberger TKO (punches) IFC Cage Combat April 1, 2006 1 1:30 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 11–4 Steve Ramerez TKO (punches) WEC 17 October 14, 2005 2 4:01 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 10–4 Ryan Schultz Decision (majority) WEC 10 May 21, 2004 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 10–3 Renato Verissimo TKO (corner stoppage) Rumble on the Rock 4 October 10, 2003 2 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 10–2 Chris Williams TKO (corner stoppage) WEC 6: Return of a Legend March 27, 2003 1 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 9–2 Matt Hughes TKO (cut) UFC 40 November 22, 2002 1 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For UFC Welterweight Championship
Win 9–1 Chris Brennan Decision (unanimous) UFC 35 January 11, 2002 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 8–1 Dave Menne Decision (unanimous) UFC 33 September 28, 2001 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 8–0 Nate Marquardt Decision (unanimous) IFC 14 Warriors Challenge 14 July 18, 2001 5 5:00 California, United States Won IFC Welterweight Championship
Win 7–0 Joe Hurley Decision (unanimous) KOTC 8 - Bombs Away April 29, 2001 3 5:00 Williams, California, United States Won King of the Cage Middleweight Superfight Championship
Win 6–0 Raymond Mansfield Submission (omoplata) IFC Warriors Challenge 10 October 11, 2000 1 N/A Friant, California, United States
Win 5–0 Robert Ferguson Decision (unanimous) IFC Warriors Challenge 8 June 14, 2000 2 10:00 Friant, California, United States
Win 4–0 Dennis Muehy Submission (armbar) IFC Warriors Challenge 6 March 25, 2000 1 1:17 Friant, California, United States
Win 3–0 Aaron Sampson Submission (armbar) Stockton Brawl Sep 28, 1998 1 1:17 Stockton, California, United States
Win 2–0 Vernon White Submission (armbar) Stockton Challenge 2 January 17, 1998 1 3:00 Stockton, California, United States 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, United States


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