Yorgan de Castro

USA

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.
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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.
Gets Hardy at rescheduled UFC 249
HeavyweightUFC
April 26, 2020
De Castro will take on Greg Hardy in a heavyweight matchup at UFC 249 on May 9 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
This scheduled matchup has landed on canceled events twice, but with the Florida governor leaving the door open for the UFC to be considered an "essential business," it appears it will finally proceed. De Castro has less name recognition than the former NFL star, which could potentially effect why he's entering this bout as roughly a (+155) betting underdog. Nonetheless, he's one of Hardy's more formidable opponents to date, as he's started his pro career 6-0 with five finishes. The two are similar in experience level, and both have some cardio concerns should the fight see the final bell. That outcome seems unlikely, however, as the fight has approximately (-245) odds to be finished, making it one to target from a fantasy perspective.
Fighting at UFC 249
HeavyweightUFC
April 6, 2020
De Castro will to take on Greg Hardy at UFC 249 on Apr. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
De Castro was originally going to square off against Hardy on Mar. 28, but that bout was called off due to the current coronavirus pandemic. While there is no official location for UFC 249 yet, the card is still being built. The former winner of Dana White's Contender Series knocked out Justin Tafa in his debut at UFC 243. He will look to carry that momentum into his fight against Hardy, the former NFL star. This fight is currently lined up for the pay-per-view portion of the card, with de Castro pegged as approximately a (+155) betting underdog as of Tuesday morning.
Match set for Columbus
HeavyweightUFC
December 27, 2019
De Castro will take on Greg Hardy in his second UFC match, the UFC announced on their Twitter.
ANALYSIS
A former winner in Dana White's Contender Series, de Castro obliterated Justin Tafa in his debut at UFC 243, knocking out the Aussie with a countering right hand. His next matchup will see a clash of raw-yet-aging knockout artists with the ability to go the distance (though Hardy lost his only decision finish unanimously to Alexander Volkov).