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Danny Castillo didn't exactly look dominating, but a win's a win. His UFC on Fox 3 bout with John Cholish was full of ineffectual offense on the feet and boos from the crowd, but Castillo landed the harder shots and used some timely takedowns to win a unanimous decision. All three judges had it 30-27 in favor of the Team Alpha Male fighter.
The fight started a tad slowly, with neither fighter really doing anything for the first minute or so. Finally Castillo tied up Cholish against the cage and threw a knee. Once they reset in the middle, Cholish landed a nice combination. Cholish caught a Castillo kick (say that five times fast), but couldn't get a takedown. The fighters reverted to a series of faints and single punches in the middle, until Castillo finally connected on a combination. They ended up in the clinch and briefly scrambled on the ground, but neither fighter could gain an advantage. Castillo landed a looping right as the last punch of the round.
The second started a little faster than the first, with Cholish getting a brief takedown but not being able to do anything with it. Castillo continued to wing the right hand, but didn't connect very often. Cholish ducked under and got a takedown for about a second, but Castillo popped up with a knee. More single shots and non-commital offense defined the rest of the round, which led to more than a few boos from the crowd. Castillo did land a solid combination with about 30 seconds left though, and got a big slam right at the horn.
After a few half-hearted punches to open the final stanza, Cholish latched onto Castillo's neck while he was shooting in, but Castillo slammed him down to escape. Cholish popped up right away and they spent some time in the clinch before Cholish dropped for a leg attack. Castillo shook it off and tried to put Cholish on his back, without success. Neither man gained an advantage in the striking for the last half of the round. Cholish dropped for a leglock again late, but there was nothing there. Castillo ended the fight on top.