Danny Castillo's Blogs

  • Saturday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Saturday

    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Rich Franklin vs.Cung Le
    Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le; Stanislav Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva & more. From Macau, China.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva Prelims
    Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards; Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo; Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson; Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater; Jacob Volkmann vs. Shane Roller; Bart Palaszewski vs. Diego Nunes; Darren Uyenoyama vs. Phil Harris.

    9:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Ultimate Insider Behind the scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship for the week of October 30.

    9:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Georges St-Pierre GSP's 10 month rehab; Jon Anik travels to Montreal for an interview with the welterweight champ.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes, Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck, Nam Phan vs Jimy Hettes, and Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Georges St-Pierre GSP's 10 month rehab; Jon Anik travels to Montreal for an interview with the welterweight champ.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Fight Edition Highlights from UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit from Montreal, Canada.

    7:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 16 Episode 10: Coming for You The rift grows between Michael Hill and Mike Ricci; the quarterfinals kick off as Bristol Marunde faces Neil Magny; Colton Smith takes on Igor Araujo with a spot in the semifinals on the line.

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championship
    The Brazilian Top Team The best of the greatest submission team in Pride.

    9:00 p.m. ET UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes, Matt Hughes vs Josh Koscheck, Nam Phan vs Jimy Hettes, and Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 137 Nick Diaz returns to the UFC to face former Welterweight Champion BJ Penn; Roy Nelson vs. Mirko Cro Cop.

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  • Podcast: Johnson, Castillo By: Jared Koll

    Jeff Sherwood and Greg Savage were back Monday for another edition of 'The Savage Dog Show' on The Sherdog Radio Network.

    The pair were joined by heavyweight slugger Lavar Johnson following his punishing victory over Pat Barry on UFC on FOX 3.

    'Big' weathered an early grappling display from Barry before overwhelming his opponent with his tremendous punching power.

    The heavyweight is now 2-0 in the UFC, both decisive finishes, and Lavar discussed what he sees next for himself inside the octagon.

    TJ De Santis and Jared Koll were back Monday for another edition of 'Beatdown' on The Sherdog Radio Network following an action-packed weekend of mixed martial arts action.

    The pair were joined by Danny Castillo, fresh off his unanimous decision victory over John Cholish at UFC on FOX 3.

    'Last Call' assessed his performance and the reception fighters received from the Izod Center's New Jersey crowd.

    Also, TJ and Jared talked about the statistical, in-fight graphics displayed during the FOX telecast and whether they could pose a threat to judge impartiality.

    Check out "The Savage Dog Show here.

    Check out "Beatdown" here.

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  • Podcast: Hendricks, Castillo By: Luca Fury

    TJ De Santis and Jon Luther returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday for a new episode of 'Beatdown.' Joining them was UFC 141 fighter Danny Castillo.

    Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood were back for another edition of "The Savage Dog Show." Joining them was UFC 141's Johny Hendricks.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Picking MMA’s Youth Movement By: Jason Probst



    Don’t bet against MMA athlete 3.0. | Jose Aldo file photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    As part of my regular assignments covering MMA, I do an event preview with fight picks. What I have noticed is how the game seems to be trending toward younger fighters, and how the latest wave threatens to displace the old guard of veterans.

    It felt odd picking Danny Castillo over Joe Stevenson on the UFC Live 3 card. As someone intimately familiar with both fighters’ careers, Stevenson seemed a slight favorite. Yet the bout played out exactly as I thought it would. The same was true in choosing Chris Weidman over Alessio Sakara.

    In short, the younger guard in MMA -- roughly defined as anyone under 25, or with less than 15 fights -- is quickly displacing the older guard. There are many theories as to why, but in a nutshell, it is easier for a fighter to improve before he or she reaches their peak, and especially tough to improve at the same rate once they reach it.

    As MMA moves toward the completion of its second decade, the evolution curve of today’s fighter is markedly different than that of five or six years ago. Fighters are starting younger than ever and, perhaps as importantly, are often aware of MMA in grade school or high school.

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