Yorgan de Castro


Destroys Justin Tafa in UFC debut
October 5, 2019
De Castro defeated Justin Tafa via KO (punch) at 2:10 of Round 1 at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
Easy work. Following an even first couple minutes of the bout, Tafa pushed forward in hopes of landing a looping shot and De Castro smashed him with a right hand right to the jaw. There was nothing for referee Jim Perdios to do other than call of the fight immediately. A product of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contenders Series, De Castro has now scored knockout victories in five of his first six professional bouts. His lack of experience relative to his age (33 years old in December) is a major concern moving forward, but his power is very clearly legitimate. It earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus this time out, which was quite possibly more than his show money for the event.
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Will face Justin Tafa at UFC 243
July 10, 2019
De Castro is slated to fight Justin Tafa at UFC 243 on Oct. 5, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
De Castro was awarded a UFC contract in mid-June after defeating Alton Meeks via TKO, and he's already locked in for his first fight with the promotion. While facing Meeks, De Castro showed that he's dangerous with his legs, landing hard leg kicks that ultimately led to victory. He'll aim to keep this momentum going heading into his first UFC fight.
Awarded contract after TKO victory
June 19, 2019
De Castro defeated Alton Meeks via TKO (leg kicks and punches) at 4:45 of Round 1 on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was one of two fighters to be awarded a UFC contract at the end of the night.
De Castro had been as high as a (+675) underdog for this fight, though he did close at approximately (+450). Those numbers ended up meaning very little against the wrestler, as De Castro threw hard leg kicks that clearly crippled Meeks' offensive wrestling ability. Near the end of the first frame, another kick put Meeks to his knees, and De Castro then finished the fight with hammer fists. If one thing is clear about the Contender Series, UFC President Dana White is looking for finishes, and De Castro delivered. At the age of 31, De Castro is a bit old to be considered a "prospect," but the undefeated Massachusetts native seems to have the raw tools needed to be competitive in the UFC. He's also fought at light heavyweight in the past, so matchmakers have some options with where to take him.