World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) imports Danny Castillo and Anthony Njokuani are set to collide on the undercard of UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" tonight (Dec. 30, 2011) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Both fighters are coming off impressive victories in their last outings and hope to become mainstays in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) lightweight division.
After successful careers in the WEC, both Castillo and Njokuani were awarded with ZUFFA contracts and have made the best of their time with the promotion thus far.
Team Alpha Male member, Castillo, has racked up a 2-1 record with the promotion, his only loss coming to Jacob Volkmann via unanimous decision.
Njokuani, on the other hand, is an even 1-1, though his loss to Edson Barboza resulted in "Fight of the Night" honors.
Castillo, who is a late replacement after Njokuani's original opponent, Ramsey Nijem, was forced to bow out due to injury, is coming off a first round destruction of Shamar Bailey last month at UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Henderson."
"Last Call" breezed through Baily, which allowed for a quick turnaround just one month later.
Njokuani has not seen action since defeating Andre Winner at UFC 132 over five months ago. After earning three consecutive "Knockout of the Night" bonuses in the now-defunct WEC, Njokuani made an immediate impact in the UFC, winning "Fight of the Night" honors against Edson Barboza in his promotional debut at UFC 128.
The Nigerian is known for putting on great fights and delivering highlight reel knockouts. Castillo is in his last fight of his four-fight deal with the UFC, so expect an exciting fight when these two lightweights meet in the center of the Octagon.
Will the fresh Castillo have a leg up on "The Assassin," who hasn't seen action in almost half a year? Or will Njokuani continue his "Knockout of the Night" ways and climb the ranks of the talent-filled UFC lightweight division?
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