LinkRound 1 - Referee Josh Rosenthal in charge of the evening's first fight. Castillo takes the center early, and open with a low kicks as he circles. Poirier fakes one kick then delivers a leg to the body. Castillo shoots in, but Poirier saw it and sprawls. Poirier stays on it and shoves Poirier to the cage. Castillo elevates with a high single, but Poirier remains upright. Knees traded inside, and Castillo maintains a bodylock while pressing in. Scramble two minutes in, but Castillo continues to push. Castillo finally pulls Poirier away from the cage and sets up on top. Poirier with an open guard. Castillo stands over his opponent after generating little from the ground. Castillo with a big punch from the top. Poirier tries to secure a leg, but Castillo spins through it and fires five heavy right hands. Castillo stacking Poirier and delivers a few more punches. They stand, and Poirier rolls through with Castillo on the back and secures a knee. Poirier gets the leg extended with less than a minute, but Castillo remains calm and fires more punches. Poirier won't let go, but Castillo is not in trouble. More punches from a standing position at the bell, and MMAjunkie.com sees the first for Castillo, 10-9.
Round 2 - Castillo moves in, but Poirier is there with a stiff jab. Castillo shoots, but Poirier again shows an excellent sprawl. Castillo gets a bodylock from behind end elevates, but Poirier again with excellent balance. Castillo pulls away with a straight punch. Reset, and Castillo again closes the distance. Poirier sprawls against the cage. He pushes Castillo's head down and tries for a flying submission but settles for pulling guard. Castillo on top and drops in a few elbows. Poirier with an open guard. He gets the left leg on the shoulder halfway through the round. He latches it under the right for the triangle choke attempt. Castillo patient on top. He lifts Poirier and slams him to the floor. It loosens the grip, but it doesn't break it. Poirier tightens it up again, and as Castillo tries to spin out to the right, Poirier squeezes the legs. Castillo continues to push to the side, and Poirier finally releases. Castillo now in side control. Poirier regains half-guard in the closing seconds. Tense moments for Castillo for the latter half of the round. MMAjunkie.com believes it was enough for Poirier to take the round, 10-9.
Round 3 - Castillo jabs to open then throws a nice straight right. Low kicks from Castillo. Poirier misses a counter, and Castillo rushes into the clinch. Castillo tries again to elevate, but Poirier again with outstanding balance. Castillo pushes in against the cage. Poirier scrambles off, but Castillo won't relent. Finally the takedown comes, and Castillo moves into side control. Poirier works to his butt immediately and stands. Castillo maintains the bodylock throughout and puts the fight right back on the floor with a trip. Poirier lands a nice elbow from underneath. Castillo presses down. Poirier gets the left leg on the shoulder again, and Castillo elevates. Poirier adjusts his grip and tries to secire the triangle. It doesn't look as tight as the previous attempt. Castillo elevates, but as he moves back in, Poirier does get the hold tighter. Castillo pulls out and moves into side control. One minute. Castillo maintaining control on top, and he steps over and into the mount. Castillo not delivering any strikes from the top. As the clapper sounds, he does elevate and rattle off a few punches. It should seal the result. Rounds two and three might produce interesting scores, but MMAjunkie.com sees the final frame for Castillo, 10-9, and gives him the fight, 29-28. Danny Castillo def. Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).