Castillo Fighting in MFC 36: Reality Check
November 16th, 2012
UCCU Event Center
David Castillo Vs. Justin Buchholz
August 25th, 2012
UCCU Event Center
Lightweight Elimination Bout
David Castillo Vs. Gordon Bell
CAGED COMBAT 6
Mountain Springs Event Center
Castillo Wins Title Against John Gunderson
Castillo finished the figtht with a rear naked choke in the 4th round.
David Castillo VS. John Gunderson
May 4th, 2012
At the UCCU Center in Orem
David Castillo VS. Ricky Musgrave
February 24th, 2012
David Castillo VS. Jordan Clements
Castillo In The News:
MMA offers hope to fighter David Castillo
By Amy Donaldson , Deseret News
Published: Sunday, Nov. 20 2011 8:11 p.m. MST
OREM — David Castillo has a temper.
There were times, many times, when his anger got the best of him.
But instead of submitting to his impulses, he learned to harness that aggression. Instead of ruining his life, it's helping him make a better future for himself, his young family and even people he's never met.
"Basically, I had a troubled past," said the mixed martial arts fighter, who now uses the platform his sport offers to help others. "I was real aggressive, had some anger issues, got in a lot of fights and I started a lot of fights."
He's reluctant to rehash a lot of the details, but he said it was simply a matter of choosing a better path.
"I decided to turn something negative into a positive," said Castillo, who improved his professional record to 13-4 with a win over Mario Espinoza in the third round (by arm triangle submission) of their fight Friday night at UCCU Center. "I had a friend who knew Jeremy Horn (one of the sport's most durable fighters), and he asked me if I wanted to start training. Now it's blown up."
That was four years ago.
The 29-year-old Bonneville High graduate trains at Horn's Elite Performance Gym in West Jordan, hoping to take his professional career to the next level.
Meantime, he and his wife are raising his 3-year-old son Zayah and doing what they can with his association with MMA. He has his own website (www.davidcastillomma.com), where the couple recently finished a food drive to help provide food for 20 families for Thanksgiving.
"I can't imagine how these kids feel," he said. "It just breaks my heart. I just want to give back. I feel so fortunate and so blessed, and I'm just trying to give back."
He asked friends, family and fans to help with the food drive, and plans to present the food to the Davis County Family Connections Center tomorrow.
In addition to hands-on service projects, he said he's just trying to live his life in a way that will offer hope to boys like him.
"I just want to be a role model, to use my name to be positive," he said. "I want people in that situation to know that there are things in life that you can overcome. Violence, breaking the law on the streets — it's not going to be an avenue for happiness. You need to move forwarding positive directions."
That includes finding purpose in life.
Castillo said MMA is a sport that requires discpline and hard work. It is also a way to use an aggressive personality to your advantage.
"I'm an aggressive person," he said. "I'm strong-willed. ... I played football, but I was never very good. I was never good at team sports. I like to depend on myself solely. I loved MMA right away. I have been punching the large majority of my life."
Castillo said his family, faith in God and love of his country provide the inspiration he needs to keep working hard and pushing through setbacks or defeats.
"My wife has seen the whole road," he said after Friday's win. "She loves it. She's my biggest supporter."
He said MMA fulfilled him not just because it allowed him to use his aggressive nature in a positive way, but because of what the sport requires.
"It's the one-on-one," he said. "There are no lies in the cage. It's who's the better man; who's more prepared; who's worked harder. Anyone can talk smack. I prefer to just go in there and see what happens. This is the best thing I've ever done. I'm exactly where I need to be. I'm just going to continue to have faith and move forward."
David Castillo Wins!
David Castillo defeats Espinoza in the 3rd round with a triangle choke.
This was a brutal battle that lasted 3 rounds and was awarded Fight of the Night.
David Castillo VS. Espinoza
Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night
David Castillo VS. John Neal
WCFC Peirpont Street Bash
David Castillo VS. Orlando Rodregez