Castillo Replaces Injured Nijem, Faces Njokuani at UFC 141

By Mike Whitman Dec 7, 2011
Ramsey Nijem, runner-up of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13, has suffered an undisclosed injury and will be unable to compete as expected at UFC 141 against Anthony Njokuani. UFC officials announced the news on Wednesday, revealing that Team Alpha Male representative Danny Castillo (Pictured) will compete in Nijem’s stead.

Headlined by a heavyweight confrontation between former UFC champion Brock Lesnar and onetime Strikeforce titlist Alistair Overeem, UFC 141 takes place Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The evening’s pay-per-view broadcast is also expected to feature a welterweight bout featuring Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks, as well as a lightweight conflict pitting Nate Diaz against Donald Cerrone.

Castillo, 32, has won four of his last five bouts. After posting a record of 5-3 during his eight-fight stint in World Extreme Cagefighting, “Last Call” successfully debuted in the UFC with a victory over Joe Stevenson. Though the Californian was outpointed by fellow wrestler Jacob Volkmann in his next Octagon appearance, Castillo rebounded with a win in his most recent outing, knocking out Shamar Bailey at UFC 139 on Nov. 19.

Known for his considerable muay Thai skills, Njokuani has knocked out eight of his 14 career victims. A seven-time WEC vet, the lightweight has gone 1-1 since joining the UFC in March, losing a razor-thin decision to Edson Barboza before decisively outpointing Andre Winner on July 2 at UFC 132. Njokuani, 31, holds notable wins over Chris Horodecki, Mushin Corbbrey and Bart Palaszewski.

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