UFC NEWS – Castillo To Face Njokuani After Announcement of Nijem Injury
In lightweight action, team Alpha Male fighter, Danny Castillo has agreed to step in on short notice at this month’s UFC 141 event to face Anthony Njokuani.
The last minute booking comes on the heels of an announcement regarding an undisclosed training injury suffered by Ramsey Nijem, who was Njokuani’s original opponent.
UFC 141 is set to take place on Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The end-of-year pay-per-view event will feature a five-round non-title fight between former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and newly signed heavyweight stand-out Alistair Overeem.
Castillo, a former WEC fighter who went 5-3 in the organization, recently picked up his fourth win in five fights with a first-round TKO of Shamar Bailey at UFC 139. Castillo, a Team Alpha Male fighter and accomplished wrestler, defeated Joe Stevenson in his UFC debut earlier this year before a decision loss to Jacob Volkmann in his next outing.
Castillo is a former WEC fighter who had mixed results with the promotion and showed signs of weakness. However, the UFC crossover fighter has done well with his opportunity on the big stage and was last seen in a first round destruction over Shamar Bailey at UFC 139.
Njokuani is another WEC fighter imported into the UFC’s lightweight division, the striking based fighter made his UFC debut with a very highly contested bout against Edson Barboza at UFC 128. He ended up losing the fight but recently bounced back with a crushing one sided decision victory over Andre Winner at UFC 132.
The latest UFC 141 card now includes:
MAIN CARD: (Pay-per-view)
Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz
Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Jim Hettes vs. Nam Phan
PRELIMINARY CARD: (Spike TV)
Junior Assuncao vs. Ross Pearson
Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Njokuani
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Sean Pierson
Efrain Escudero vs. Jacob Volkmann
Luis Ramos vs. Matt Riddle
Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes