People who follow MMA extensively know that there is no shortage of people in the sport that are eager to help out others, which refutes the ridiculous narrative that all fighters and fans are heartless, morons. Often, the charitable and friendly acts fighters or MMA insiders do go unreported, but every now and then you come across a pretty intriguing story.
Case in point, recently MMA Junkie.com caught up with Danny Castillo, who will fight Tim Means on July 27th at UFC on FOX 8 (which is an interesting match-up). Instead of the upcoming bout, however, the story largely focused on how Castillo has been helping out less fortunate people in his community (and getting a lot of satisfaction out of it). Here is some of what the 33 year-old, Team Alpha Male member had to say.
“I just think we should do something to help people. If you’re in a position where you can help someone just by giving them a sandwich or giving them water, why wouldn’t you do that? Not only is it rewarding to yourself, but giving a homeless person a bottle of water when it’s 107 degrees outside, that just brightens up their day.”
“For me to lose my only job and something I enjoy doing, I mean, I wouldn’t be homeless right away, but if I live life like that, it will keep me humble. It keeps me grounded. I just think it’s hard to enjoy the money and the finer things in life when there’s people out there that don’t have that opportunity.”
Now in terms of Castillo’s MMA endeavours, the lightweight will be looking to build on the unanimous decision win he scored over Paul Sass in February, after getting knocked out by Michael Johnson last October. That defeat is the only time Castillo has lost in his last five fights.
Means, meanwhile, is stepping in for the injured Bobby Green. “The Dirty Bird” is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Jorge Masvidal, which ended Means’ 11 fight undefeated streak (which interestingly enough includes a win over Green under the KOTC banner).