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UFC 139 openers: Irked Castillo rolls over Bailey for first round TKO, Torres and Baczynski win too

Steve Cofield

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apparently Danny Castillo felt disrespected when Shamar Bailey missed weight yesterday. After pounding on Bailey to produce a first TKO victory, Castillo had little to say except that his opponent bothered him with his weight issues.

"You're supposed to be a professional and come in three pounds overweight, and then tell me you can't lose anymore weight?" Castillo told UFC analyst Joe Rogan.

Bailey came in yesterday at 158 pounds and passed on trying to lose two pounds in the next hour. In the end, the extra weight made no difference as Castillo threw him around like a rag doll in fight No. 1 of UFC 139 at the HP Pavilion.{ysp:more}

The northern California-native scored his first takedown just 15 seconds into the fight. Castillo (12-4, 2-1 UFC) landed a nasty body kick and fell to his rear end from the impact. Bailey charged forward to score his own takedown and got double-legged down to the mat. He got up quickly, but Castillo picked him up off the ground and slammed him down twice in the next 45 seconds. After the third takedown, Bailey never got back to his feet.

Castillo worked from half guard to smother and grind on Bailey. It wore out the Season 13 "Ultimate Fighter" alum. In the final 90 seconds of the round, Castillo began to sit up on a knee and punch away to the body and head. Bailey got tired of defending himself with 15 seconds left in the round as Castillo threw 11 unanswered shots. Bailey rolled to his side and covered up. Most of the shots were hitting Bailey on the arm, but it was clear he didn't want to continue at the 4:52 mark of the first.

"I feel great. It feels good when you fight to your potential. It's exciting for me and important for the advancement of my career. I think the lightweight division is the strongest in the UFC and it's good to get a win. It's what I wanted to do and I'm glad I went out there and did it," said Castillo.

Bailey, who is now 1-2 in the UFC, admitted he blew it this weekend.

"I'm very disappointed in myself, definitely underperformed. I've never come in overweight, so it was definitely a bad start with that. Then Danny went out and fought a good fight. I wish the ref hadn't stopped the fight but what are you going to do. I need to do what I do, but way better," said Bailey (12-5).

Torres workman-like in getting back on winning track

Miguel Torres isn't the same fighter he was in the WEC, but that doesn't mean he's doing anything wrong. Now that the weight class is quickly filling up with dangerous opponents, the former bantamweight king is simply using a more measured approach.

Torres worked the clinch effectively and wore down Nick Pace to pick up his first win since February via unanimous decision, 30-27 on all three scorecards.

"I'm a little disappointed with my performance, I wanted to knock him out or submit him. I knew he was looking for a good shot. I could tell by the way he was standing. I didn't want to rush it, so I was trying to be smart," Torres (39-4, 2-1 UFC) said. "I've been working on my wrestling a lot. So I was trying a couple takedowns and get up and put the pressure on him. I felt him in the clench and he was kind of weak, so I was able to finish it."

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Baczynski pulls the upset in rather easy fashion over Brown

Matt Brown's been around the block a time or two, but the veteran does tend to have lapses in concentration. It happened tonight and Seth Baczynski was the beneficiary.

Baczynski, a cast member on Season 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter," slapped on a tight guillotine choke early in the second. Brown tried to free himself, but after 24 seconds he couldn't hold out any longer and tapped at the 0:42 mark.

"I'm just really pleased to get out of there with the finish. It's my 15th professional win and I'm happy to close the win out against a tough opponent," Baczynski said. "I'm going to get to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family this year and be thankful for my success."

Brown (12-11, 5-5 UFC) didn't look right from the start. He was tentative in the striking game and often pushed around in the clinch in the opening five minutes.

Baczynski (15-6, 2-1 UFC) came out looking to throw in the second. He missed with a big shot that Brown ducked under. Brown pushed forward to score takedown, but left his head exposed. It was a pretty easy submission attempt for Baczynski.

Brown was a minus-135 betting favorite.

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