Despite the short notice, and having recently fought just more than one month ago, Castillo got off to a terrific start, throwing "The Assassin" all across the cage and outgrappling him thoroughly. Njokuani was able to pop back to his feet for the most part, but he was completely on the defensive for the majority of the round.
Castillo began to wear down a bit in the second, perhaps showing signs of fatigue from the short notice, and Njokuani capitalized with superior stand-up technique and even hurting "Last Call" with some knees in the Muay Thai plum.
The Team Alpha Male fighter bounced back in the latter half of the round with his wrestling to make it close, but it was likely not enough.
The third round decided the fight.
Castillo again took over in the third round, repeatedly taking Njokuani down but failing to pass guard. "The Assassin" proved to be a game opponent and was able to eventually rise back to his feet, but he was constantly on the defensive.
Castillo lacked much offense, but his top control was enough to be awarded a split decision victory, taking two cards 29-28 on the judges' scorecards.
"Last Call" won over the fans with his post-fight speech, discussing the fact that he took three of his last four fights on extremely short notice in the UFC.
Perhaps next time, he'll finally be allowed to have a full training camp. He's more than earned it.
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