Danny Castillo has been fighting for Zuffa since 2008. That's 11 fights, 8 for the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), and 3 for the UFC since they absorbed the WEC. He trains with Urijah Faber at Team Alpha Male, one of mixed martial arts' top training camps. A consummate professional, Castillo made weight for every one of those bouts.
So when his UFC 139 opponent Shamar Bailey didn't make the 155 pound weight limit for the UFC's lightweight division, Castillo was pissed. When Bailey didn't even attempt a second try on the scales, choosing instead to forfeit 20% of his purse to Castillo, Castillo was even more pissed.
Bailey is something of a celebrity due to his time on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter reality show, where he was Junior dos Santos' first pick and shared considerable TV time with Brock Lesnar. That meant nothing to Castillo who came out and put a quick beat down on Bailey.
Castillo took Bailey down over and over again during the short fight. Three times Bailey got back to his feet. Not the fourth time, then Castillo unloaded enough ground and pound to get the referee stoppage. with only seconds left in the round.
Bailey drops to 1-2 in the UFC and that losing record, in combination with missing weight -- something the UFC's president Dana White can't stand -- could very well cost him his job with the UFC. After the fight Castillo said he felt "disrepected" by Bailey's failure to make weight for their fight.
He certainly showed who merits more respect from the fans and fellow fighters at UFC 139.