Jul 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Danny Castillo (red tape) kicks Tim Means (blue tape) during their lightweight bout at Key Arena. Castillo won the match by decision. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
By Matt Erikson, MMAJunkie.com
SEATTLE - Danny Castillo seemed to have a hard time solving the distance puzzle that Tim Means brought him, but he did enough to leave with his hand raised.
Castillo landed takedowns in each round to control the fight's tempo when he wasn't able to get past the reach advantage Means presented, and he took home a unanimous decision with a trio of 29-28 scores.
The 160-pound catchweight bout (Means did not make weight) was part of today's UFC on FOX 8 event at KeyArena in Seattle. It aired on FX following additional prelims on Facebook and ahead of a main card on FOX.
Castillo missed with a high kick early, but when Means tried to take advantage of Castillo slipping to the canvas, Castillo got a takedown and went to work on top. Castillo worked for ground-and-pound, and when Means got back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round, Castillo quickly took him back down. But Means was back to his feet not long after that and landed a big left hand that seemed to stun Castillo for a moment. He followed it with another one and a knee, but Castillo scooped up the 6-foot-2 Means and dropped him right back down.
Castillo did his best to work past the longer range of Means, and with 90 seconds left in the second frame, Castillo got another takedown. But Means locked up a body triangle from his back, and that limited what Castillo could do from an offensive standpoint. Means again worked back to his feet, but Castillo avoided any late danger.
Means landed a hard knee late in the third for perhaps his biggest offense of the fight. Castillo fought through it and got a takedown - only to be reversed by Means, who went to work from side control. Means stood up and landed a solid left hand, but let Castillo back to his feet, where the fight ended.
"He's a tough guy and he came in heavy," Castillo said of Means, who took the fight on two weeks' notice, but was 160 pounds at weigh-ins. "I don't really have any excuses, but he was tough. My performance wasn't what I planned it would be, but I'm happy because it's another win and I earned it."
"I feel that takedowns count for too much," Means said. "I feel if the guy is going to get on top, he needs to earn the points and not just lay there. I landed more strikes off my back than he did on top. It was a last-minute fight and things went well except for the last day because the weight cut was hard on short notice. No big deal though. I lost that one, but it was a competitive fight."
Castillo (16-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) now has won two straight after a decision win over Paul Sass in February, and he's won five of his past six. Means (18-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) dropped his second straight after an April loss to Jorge Masvidal.
- Jorge Masvidal def. Michael Chiesa via submission (D'arce choke) - Round 2, 4:59
- Danny Castillo def. Tim Means via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Melvin Guillard def. Mac Danzig via KO (punches) - Round 2, 2:47
- Daron Cruickshank def. Yves Edwards via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
- Ed Herman def. Trevor Smith via split decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)
- Germaine de Randamie def. Julie Kedzie via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- Justin Salas def. Aaron Riley via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Yaotzin Meza def. John Albert via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 2:49
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