Yorgan de Castro

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Yorgan de Castro
Born (1986-12-19) 19 December 1986 (age 36)
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Other namesThe Mad Titan
NationalityCape Verdean
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight250 lb (113 kg; 17 st 12 lb)
Reach74 in (188 cm).[1]
Fighting out ofFall River, Massachusetts, U.S.
TeamRegiment Training Center
Years active2017–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By decision1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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Yorgan de Castro (born 19 December 1986) is a Luso-Cape Verdean professional mixed martial artist competing in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


De Castro was born and raised in the island of St. Vincent, Cape Verde.[2] At 18 years old he moved to Portugal and started kickboxing training, making his official fighting debut only 6 months after. He dreamed of one day fighting in the big kickboxing promotions K-1 and Glory but never believed it would be possible in Portugal[2].

Later moving to the US to be with his family, his uncle convinced him to train in Lauzon MMA, owned by the current UFC Fighter Joe Lauzon, where he discovered MMA and started training[2].

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

De Castro started his MMA career in November 2017 and fought mostly in the American promotion CES MMA, with one fight in the New England Fights promotion. With an undefeated record of 4-0, he earned a spot on Dana White's Contender Series - Season 3, where he faced Sanford Alton Meeks, winning by TKO and earning a UFC contract with it[3].

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

De Castro made his UFC debut against fellow newcomer Justin Tafa on 5 October 2019 in the Main Card of UFC 243[3]. He made quick work of his opponent, winning the fight by knockout in the first round.

Yorgan was scheduled to face Greg Hardy on March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 8. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed .[4] The pair was rescheduled to meet at April 18, 2020 at UFC 249. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of the UFC, announced that this event was postponed to a future date[5] The fight is now scheduled to happen at the Main Card of UFC 249, on 9th of May, in the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida[6]

Yorgan faced Greg Hardy on May 9 2020, at UFC 249, losing the fight by unanimous decision.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Yorgan de Castro has stated that if he had to pick a hero, it would be Daniel Cormier to his figure (short range and size) for the heavyweight division and unbelievable talent and determination.[2] Yorgan is married and has a 6 year old daughter.[2]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–1 Greg Hardy Decision(unanimous) UFC 249 9 May 2020 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 Justin Tafa KO (punch) UFC 243 5 October 2019 1 2:10 Melbourne, Australia
Win 5–0 Sanford Alton Meeks TKO (leg Kick and punches) Dana White's Contender Series - Season 3 18 June 2019 1 4:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Carlton Little Sr. Decision(unanimous) CES MMA 54 - Andrews vs. Logan 19 January 2019 3 5:00 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Win 3–0 Ras Hylton KO (punch) NEF 36 - Battle for the Gold 17 November 2018 1 2:36 Portland, Maine, United States
Win 2–0 David White TKO (punches) CES MMA 50 - Paiva vs. Ewell 15 June 2018 3 2:20 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Win 1–0 James Dysard TKO (punches) CES MMA 47 - Rebello vs. Brown 17 November 2017 1 0:39 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States


See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Biography  : Cadet Sisters, Oscar Hammerstein II, Ken Jeong, David William Thomas, Kathleen Elle, Cary Stith Cox, List of senior career goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo
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  1. "Yorgan Castro| UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Renan Brunacci (3 October 2019). "Yorgan de Castro sabes? Veja quem é a nova sensação do UFC". Fairplay. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sherdog.com. "Yorgan de Castro". Sherdog. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  4. Nolan King and John Morgan (2020-03-15). "UFC postpones three events amid growing coronavirus outbreak". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  5. Brett Okamoto (2020-04-09). "Dana White says UFC 249 will not happen April 18". espn.com. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  6. Brett Okamoto (2020-04-24). "What we know and don't know about UFC 249". espn.com. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  7. Doherty, Dan (2020-05-09). "UFC 249 Results: Greg Hardy Cruises After Yorgan De Castro Injury". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-05-10.

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