Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo
Round 1: Ferguson lands first with an outside leg kick. He presses forward. Castillo looks for a takedown, but Ferguson stuffs it. Ferguson lands an inside leg kick. Ferguson lands to the body with a hard kick. Ferguson is being aggressive. Castillo throwing, but Ferguson covers. Ferguson answers with an outside leg kicks. Castillo looks for another takedown but can’t get it. Ferguson lands a counter right hand. Castillo lands with a left. Ferguson steps in with a combination. Castillo looks for a takedown. Ferguson applies a d’arce choke. He drops down to lock it on. Castillo stays calm and gets himself free. He’s in the half guard position. Castillo postures up and lands a left hand. Castillo not doing much on top. He lands an elbow. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Ferguson.
Round 2: Ferguson takes the center of the cage. Castillo circles on the outside. Ferguson inches forward. Castillo steps in with his jab. Ferguson answers with a left hand. They briefly tie up before separating. Ferguson lands two hard inside leg kicks. Castillo lands a solid right hand. He lands a left hand. Ferguson continues to press the pace. Castillo looks for a takedown. Ferguson rolls and isolates a leg. Castillo gets his leg free and ends up in side control. Ferguson works his way to the half guard position. Ferguson reverses Castillo. He gets to the mount, but Castillo reverses him. Castillo works in Ferguson’s guard. Ferguson delivers elbows from the bottom. The crowd starts to chant, “Danny.. Danny.” Ferguson creates a scramble, but Castillo maintains top position. It will be interesting how the judges score that round.
Round 3: Ferguson comes out pressing forward. He lands a right hand. Castillo lands a combination. Ferguson rolls for a knee bar. Castillo gains top position. Ferguson rolls. He isolates an arm. He steps over, but Castillo gets free. Ferguson gets to his feet. Castillo works to get him back to the canvas. Castillo drags Ferguson to the ground. Ferguson stands only to be taken down again. Ferguson looks to isolate a leg. Castillo maintains top position. Ferguson goes back to landing elbows from the bottom. Castillo lands an elbow, but mostly he’s just controlling Ferguson. Castillo advances to the mount position. Ferguson escapes the position. Castillo works for a choke in the closing seconds. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Castillo.
The judges scored the fight for Ferguson by split decision. The scorecards read 28-29, 29-28, 29-28.
Tony Ferguson Post-Fight:
I’m not happy. I left it to the judges and you’re not supposed to do that. I threw kicks but he just laid there and didn’t do anything. I’m just mad I didn’t finish him. If you can’t pass my guard, you can’t do anything off the top. I was holding him down and looking at Herb Dean to see if he’d stand us up. He didn’t, so I scooted towards the cage. But when I was on the bottom, I was busy. He threw maybe one shot per round, but there wasn’t much he could do. Honestly, the guy is a wrestler and I have no animosity towards him. From one wrestler to another, I tip my hat off to him. I didn’t think he was going to be that elusive. I would’ve kicked him a lot more. I wanted to give you guys a good show. I felt his strength and if I would’ve gone in there and taken him down, I think I would’ve had him.
This was a harsh crowd. We came and did what we had to do, and got the victory. I’m going to change to south paw, switch everything up and let this division know I can fight either way.
Danny Castillo Post-Fight:
I had him with my boxing. When we went to the ground, I controlled him. I’m sorry, Sacramento. This is not what I wanted. I wanted the finish.