The UFC continues to stack its return to California’s state capital with hometown fan favorites. And this girl is more than stoked to see some of her favorite Cali fighters in the ring again!
The funny yet dangerous Danny Castillo will meet Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 9 December 14. UFC officials announced the fight booking late Wednesday night.
UFC on FOX 9 takes place Dec. 14 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook. The placement of the Castillo-Barboza bout is not yet known, but it is likely to serve on the preliminary card.
Castillo, who trains at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, joins team founder Urijah Faber, who meets Michael McDonald, and Chad Mendes, who fights Nik Lentz, as Alpha Male fighters on the card. Be sure not to blink these boys are being trained under Duane Ludwig and he has not yet had an upset since his arrival in California well over an year ago.
Castillo has won back-to-back fights since a knockout loss to Michael Johnson nearly a year ago in San Jose. In February, he beat Paul Sass in London by unanimous decision. Then in July, at UFC on FOX 8, he outpointed Tim Means for his fifth win in six fights. Castillo last fought in front of the Sacramento crowd in his WEC Debut in 2008 however he loss to Donnald Cerrone.
Barboza also has won two straight fights since an upset loss to Jamie Varner, who knocked him out in the first round at UFC 146 in May 2012. Since that setback, the first of his MMA career, Barboza has stopped Lucas Martins at UFC on FX 7 in January, then stopped Rafaello Oliveira with leg kicks at UFC 162 in July.
With the addition, the latest UFC on FOX 9 card now includes:
- Champ Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson – for UFC lightweight title
- Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
- Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit
- Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes
- Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo
- Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon
- Scott Jorgensen vs. Ian McCall