The heavyweight has grown accustomed to being the underdog of late,
as he wasn’t favored in his contract-winning appearance on Dana
White’s Contender Series or against Tafa in Melbourne. Just as he
did on the Contender Series, De Castro defied the odds and came out
on top with a walk-off knockout.
De Castro hopes fighters and fans continue to overlook him and
underestimate him going forward.
“I hope people keep on overlooking me so by that time I can get to
the top,” De Castro said to Sherdog.com. “By the time they start to
take me seriously, I’ll be too good.”
For De Castro, make a UFC debut in front of 57,000 fans and on the
main card of a pay-per-view is unique. Yet, he says the nerves
surprisingly weren’t there.
“That was the thing, I was feeling very good. I took my nap at the
venue, did my warmup. I got in the tunnel and said this was my time
and I’m going to enjoy this,” he explained. I enjoyed every single
moment of the fight.”
After what he calls “the perfect debut,” De Castro is looking to
continue to ride the momentum and is hoping he can fight again in
2019 — even if that means stepping in on short notice.
“I was thinking in December, but the cards are full. I’m going to
enjoy a week off with my daughter but if they call me on short
notice I’m taking it.”