Danny Castillo has defeated Anthony Njokuani via split-decision, after what was a competitive and extremely closely contested fight.
It was a classic striker vs. grappler matchup and, as is the usual, the grappler came out on top.
Despite arguably doing the most damage throughout the fight, Njokuani was unable to earn the decision, as Castillo controlled much of the fight using his wrestling.
What we'll remember about this fight:
Although it was a relatively entertaining bout, few moments from within the fight were particularly memorable.
This will likely be a fight that people forget about watching, however a couple moments did stand out—a bit.
Early in the first round, Castillo landed a couple big slams that got the audience on their feet and, in the second round, Njokuani landed a right hand that buckled Castillo.
What we learned about Danny Castillo:
He's a company man.
After the fight, Castillo pointed out that he took three fights this year on under four weeks notice.
He might not be the most talented fighter in the division, but Castillo is there when the UFC needs him to be, and that should guarantee him a long career with the promotion.
What we learned about Anthony Njokuani:
Despite being a fantastic striker, Njokuani will likely never make it to the top of the division—his grappling just isn't there.
Castillo was able to control him fairly easily, despite taking the fight on short notice and probably not being properly conditioned.
The top of the lightweight division is riddled with excellent grapplers and if Njokuani couldn't get past Castillo, he won't get past the top guys in the division either.
Njokuani could improve his grappling skills, but at 31 years old, I don't think he has enough time left in his career.
What's next for Danny Castillo:
This was a solid win for Castillo and should move him up the ladder a bit.
Tony Ferguson, Terry Etim, and Gleison Tibau would make sense.
What's next for Anthony Njokuani:
Tough loss for Njokuani, but he'll be back. If he's lucky, the UFC will give him someone willing to strike with him for his next fight.
Sam Stout or Yves Edwards would be good.
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