Two hours after I posted the first piece in this series, I realized...who posts main card stuff before undercard stuff? I'm still rusty, obviously. Anyway, the fancy-colored link in the first sentence well let you know what these pieces are all about. If you haven't done it already, go read that. Or I'll kick you. Here are the WEC guys fighting Thursday on the undercard of UFC on Versus 3.
Danny Castillo: Mr. Castillo had an up-and-down WEC career, going 5-3 in his tenure. All his losses are to quality guys: Cerrone, Pettis and Roller. Fair enough. The problem is the lack of quality wins. Two guys making their WEC debut, two guys with 1 WEC win, and one over a guy now at 145 (Dustin Poirier). His last two fights have been on WEC undercards and to be honest, he's only in the UFC because he finished Will Kerr and he's with Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male. He has solid-if-unspectacular wrestling and some good ground n pound, along with average counterstriking and a bit of power in his hands. I know, hardly a ringing endorsement.
Probability of winning: Pretty low. His opponent is Joe "Daddy" Stevenson, a guy that I'm sure you're well aware of. Frankly, Joe Daddy eats guys like Castillo for breakfast. Castillo's wrestling isn't good enough to consistently take down and control Stevenson. Danny seems to get caught up in innocous submission attempts, which is something you sure as hell don't want to do against Joe Daddy. And I don't think he's gonna win the lottery and land the Tarver/Jones 1 absolute perfect punch like Mac Danzig did. Yes, a boxing reference. I'm versatile like that.
Basically it's like this - you haven't seen Danny Castillo on your TV (or computer...it's on facebook after all) in a while, and you're not going to for a while longer (unless it's on HDNet). He's going to get submitted by Stevenson. Probably by guillotine, like a true untested wrestler. And he's going to get released. Sorry folks, I didn't say these previews were gonna be all sunshine and puppies. Gotta be real, and Castillo ain't for real. At -145, Stevenson might just be your best bet on the entire card.
After the jump, we'll get to the remaining 3.5 ex-WEC guys. No, that wasn't a "Mizugaki is short" joke.