Yorgan de Castro

USA

Falls as massive favorite
HeavyweightUFC
April 10, 2021
De Castro lost to Jarjis Danho via KO (punch) at 3:02 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Entering as one of the biggest favorites on the card at about -300 and facing an opponent who hadn't won a fight in nearly six years, de Castro got clipped with a shot to the side of the hand and immediately crumbled. It's a result that seems likely to cost de Castro his job. The big man secured knockout victories on both Dana White's Contender Series and in his first official UFC bout, but has gone on to lose three in a row since. The company's heavyweight division lacks depth, but there simply isn't anything here to get excited about.
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Fighting in April
HeavyweightUFC
January 16, 2021
De Castro will face Jarjis Danho in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 190 scheduled for April 10, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
De Castro will look to bounce back from a poor showing against Carlos Felipe last October. He'll face what looks to be an unknown entity in Jarjis Danho, who hasn't fought since his draw with Christian Colombo in 2016.
Offers little on Fight Island
HeavyweightUFC
October 3, 2020
De Castro lost to Carlos Felipe via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
De Castro was content to give the center of the cage to Felipe early, and it took him a while to land his signature leg kicks. Felipe appeared to have the speed advantage, and was able to land to the body with some frequency, even working in a few of his own leg kicks. De Castro came out with more urgency in Round 2 and went back to the body kick, but Felipe pressed forward and landed his own body shots. Felipe landed with more frequency, but the volume of leg kicks from de Castro kept the significant striking totals within reach. Felipe's high volume approach seemed to take a toll, but so were his body shots on de Castro. Felipe again came out firing in Round 3, but de Castro took his best shots, barely missing on the return fire. The two fighters clinched on multiple occasions, but they were separated each time. This didn't stop de Castro from continuing to press forward and initiate more clinches (only to have the referee step in), but he had little else left in his arsenal at this point. This is the type of effort that would infuriate UFC President Dana White, as well as any bettors hoping for him to come through as a (-230) favorite. De Castro has now lost back-to-back fights and likely won't get favorable circumstances his next time out.
Fighting in October
HeavyweightUFC
July 29, 2020
De Castro will take on Carlos Felipe in a heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for October 3, Zeca Azevedo of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
De Castro lost his first professional fight to Greg Hardy back in May and was given a 180-day medical suspension. The nature of his injury has not been disclosed, though it's worth noting he started out hot against Hardy before having to deal with a leg/lower-body injury that limited his ability to throw leg kicks. Nonetheless, a fight on the schedule indicates he's been cleared of any potential injury. De Castro will now set his sights on Felipe, who dropped his UFC debut July 18 to Sergei Spivac via majority decision. The two men measure up nearly identically from a physical standpoint.
Out several months
HeavyweightUFC
May 11, 2020
De Castro was handed a 180-day medical suspension Monday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
De Castro lost to Greg Hardy by unanimous decision Saturday, his first loss of his professional career. The specifics of his injury were not disclosed, but the suspension is likely related to the foot injury he appeared to suffer during the match, an injury which blunted his momentum and led to his loss. He'll be sidelined until November unless cleared by a physician.
Suffers first pro loss at UFC 249
HeavyweightUFC
May 9, 2020
De Castro lost to Greg Hardy via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It wouldn't have made the least bit of difference in terms of the final result, but de Castro appeared to easily win Round 1 despite all three judges giving it to Hardy. De Castro began the fight with an educated game plan. He smashed the bigger Hardy with repeated leg kicks and they were having a serious impact. Then, de Castro appeared to injure his foot on one attempt, and his offensive output stopped entirely. It was a strange set of circumstances and one that resulted in the first pro loss of de Castro's career. It's a bad break for de Castro because he appeared to have Hardy figured out prior to the injury.