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UFC 177: Danny Castillo Vs. Tony Ferguson

ufc 177

Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson

A pair of lightweights will square off in the co-main event, as Danny Castillo (17-6) meets Tony Ferguson (15-3).

Castillo has put together a 6-2 record over his last eight, including a recent second round knockout of Charlie Brenneman. Ferguson, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, has won two straight since a loss to Michael Johnson in 2012.

Round 1: No touch of gloves, as these two have not been kind to one another lately. Ferguson comes right out and is throwing leg kicks, looking to slow Castillo down. He also stuffs a takedown attempt. Several right hands from Castillo land, and he throws a pair of power rights, as well. Great exchange and Ferguson locks up a standing choke. He drops down with the D’arce applied, holding him for now in place. Ferguson has two minutes left and he continues to apply pressure with the choke. Castillo remains patient and gets free.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferguson

Round 2: Ferguson coming out after Castillo to start, firing off big-time leg kicks. He continues to come forward, applying the pressure to Castillo. Castillo shoots in off a right, but gets denied. He does follow up with a stiff left to the face and another, starting to put things together. They roll and both go for a leglock. Castillo winds up on top and in side control with two-plus minutes to work. He’s transitioned to half-guard and needs a strong finish to score this round in his favor. Ferguson slips out, Castillo reverses and is back inside the guard. Great elbows from the bottom by Ferguson, as Castillo isn’t doing much in terms of offense.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferguson

Round 3: Castillo swings away with a combo and avoids the leg kicks. Ferguson rolls, winds up with his arm and is looking for a possible kimura on the right arm. He steps over and has a great chance to secure it, but Castillo slips out. Castillo with a takedown, but he’s yet to do anything with it. Ferguson stands up, but gets taken right back down. Castillo mounts and hammers away with right hands.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Castillo

Tony Ferguson def. Danny Castillo via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)