“Last call”… that’s what bartenders holler to whoever is left it’s time to close, get your last drink. 

For UFC fighter Danny Castillo it means it’s time to stand up when his boss asks if anyone wants to take a fight with only a short time to prepare… he’s your man.

Last year Castillo fought 4 times, three of those fights were on short notice.  He only lost once.

Castillo takes it so personally that last December when the crowd booed him after a close win that the crowd saw going differently he exclaimed to them that he did his best and took the fight on short notice for them.

"Just to get the reaction of boos was kind of disappointing for me," said Castillo.

Castillo’s payday helped heal the wound from an unappreciative crowd.

Castillo is a laid back Latino from California who trains at “Team Alpha Male” in Sacramento.

"[You see us with] sandals and no shirts," Castillo said of how his fight camp is perceived.

2012 has brought him much more exposure, a result of his fighting last year.

He’s trained this time around in Las Vegas because he’s helping his friend and training partner Urijah Faber on “The Ultimate Fighter Live!” against his hated rival bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

"Urijah hates him," said Castillo.  "They're constantly bickering at each other... they really truly dislike each other."

Castillo hopes to make the top ten in the lightweight division this year.  If he keeps moving forward like he did last year… he may reach his goal.

'The fight I want next is the fight that pushes me up the UFC ladder," said Castillo.

*Also check out interviews above with UFC fighters Jim Miller who faces Nate Diaz this Saturday, Rousimar Palhares and Josh Koscheck.

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