John Castaneda
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Injury Hand
Est. Return 8/20/2021
Out up to six months
February 23, 2021
Castaneda was handed a six-month medical suspension Tuesday, reports.
Castaneda injured his hand while beating Eddie Wineland by first-round TKO on Saturday. He'll be out until late August unless cleared by an orthopedic doctor.
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Gets first UFC win
February 20, 2021
Castaneda defeated Eddie Wineland via TKO (punches) at 4:44 of Round 1 at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
Wineland was having some success in the striking exchanges as he was pressuring, but it didn't last long. Castaneda was able to find a home for a punch late in the first round that rocked Wineland. Once Castaneda recognized he hurt Wineland, he aggressively pursued the finish until the referee intervened. He's now 1-1 under the UFC banner.
Wineland fight in the works
December 7, 2020
Castaneda has verbally agreed to fight Eddie Wineland in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 20, reports.
Castaneda will be looking for better luck in his second UFC fight after falling to Nathaniel Wood on short notice this past July. Castaneda boasts a career record of 17-5 and will be taking on a 36-year-old in his 40th professional fight. The two fighters are both equal in terms of height and reach.
Struggles in late-notice debut
July 25, 2020
Castaneda lost to Nathaniel Wood via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Stepping in for Umar Nurmagomedov on short notice, Castaneda struggled in his UFC debut. He hung around for about a round before Wood began to pull away. Castaneda -- a 28-year-old Minnesota native -- actually picked up a decision victory on Dana White's Contender Series back in August 2017 but wasn't awarded a contract for his performance. Castaneda is now 1-3 in his past four fights overall. He may earn another shot with the company given his willingness to step in here, but there doesn't appear to be much here.
Gets call for Fight Island
July 9, 2020
Castaneda will step in to replace Umar Nurmagomedov in a bantamweight matchup against Nathaniel Wood scheduled for July 25 on Fight Island, reports.
Castaneda is a former bantamweight champion with Combate Americas, the promotion he's spent the majority of his career with. The 28-year-old even picked up a win against Cheyden Leialoha on Dana White's Contender Series back in 2017, but the performance wasn't impressive enough to win a contract. He'll nonetheless get his UFC opportunity despite losing two of his last three bouts. Like most short-notice debuts, this fight won't be easy, as the 26-year-old Wood is regarded as one of the division's brighter young prospects. Wood started his UFC run 3-0 but fell to veteran John Dodson in February.