Sometimes MMA matchmaking seems as simple as a glance at the UFC roster for two available fighters. Other times it appears to be some sort of witchcraft, shrouded in mysticism and legend. This is one of the latter instances. What started out as Danny Castillo vs. Isaac Vallie Flagg (a solid fight between long standing, largely successful vets) has now become two seperate bouts. Early Wednesday it was reported that Vallie Flagg had been pulled from his bout against Castillo to face Takanori Gomi. The bout would remain on the 172 fight card, as would Danny Castillo, but the fight had to change. Now, the other shoe has dropped as MMAJunkie announces that Castillo has found a replacement and will be met by Charlie Brenneman at UFC 172.
Why a bout between Gomi and Brenneman wasn't possible, will have to remain a mystery for now, but it does leave fans with two solid fights between four veteran fighters. Castillo is coming off a majority decision loss to Edson Barboza in a fight he almost had stopped in the first round. The loss broke a two fight winning streak for Castillo, bringing him to 11-6 in his long Zuffa career. Brenneman enters this bout off a loss as well, in his return debut in January where he was submitted by Beneil Dariush in the first round. The loss broke a four fight win streak compiled by Brenneman outside the UFC and was his first career loss at lightweight.
Here's a look at the UFC 172 card as it stands right now:
Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira
Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Tim Boetsch vs. Luke Rockhold
Bobby Green vs. Jim Miller
Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliott
Joe Ellenberger vs. Yancy Medeiros
Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway
Bethe Correia vs. Jessamyn Duke
Takanori Gomi vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Danny Castillo vs. Charlie Brenneman