Danny Castillo counting on past experience with Lamas to help Josh Emmett at UFC on FOX 26

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On a fight card that from an odds perspective is one of the most evenly matched across the board in all of 2017, Josh Emmett is the second biggest underdog at UFC on FOX 26.

But the numbers don’t matter much to Danny Castillo, one of the coaches at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif., and a key cornerman for Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) tonight against Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the co-main event.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“The preparation for Lamas – we didn’t really have too much time,” Castillo recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “But once we heard about the fight, I thought it was the perfect fight for Josh being that I fought Ricardo Lamas way back in the day in the WEC, and also Chad (Mendes) fought him in the UFC. We have a little bit of history with Lamas, and I think it’s the perfect matchup for Josh Emmett.”

Emmett stepped in on short notice to take on Lamas, a former featherweight title challenger. Lamas was supposed to fight Jose Aldo in a rematch from their title fight. But when Frankie Edgar dropped out of a headlining bout with current champ Max Holloway at UFC 218 earlier this month, Aldo was tapped to step in. Then Emmett was tapped to take on Lamas.

Lamas is about a 3-1 favorite in the fight and has won back-to-back bouts – a submission of Charles Oliveira and a knockout of Jason Knight. Emmett returned to featherweight in October and beat Felipe Arantes to get back on track after the first loss of his pro career, a split-decision setback to Desmond Green in April. But Emmett missed weight for the fight with Lamas and will give up 20 percent of his purse.

Still, Castillo believes his fighter is going to give Lamas some problems.

“He’s really fast and explosive,” Castillo said. “You’ve never really gotten to see his wrestling so much because he has so much power in his hands. He’s a very dynmaic striker and can switch orthodox to southpaw. He’s got great footwork, as well, and those are what’s going to give Ricardo Lamas a lot of trouble. I’m not taking Ricardo Lamas lightly. I’ve fought him, and he’s been in the game for so long – over a decade. But this is definitely a fight we can win, and I’m excited for it.”

Castillo fought Lamas in August 2009 at WEC 42. He stopped him with a second-round TKO and handed Lamas the first loss of his career. Castillo turned 38 earlier this year and has now gone two years without fighting, choosing instead to focus on coaching for Team Alpha Male.

He’s not ruling out coming back at some point, but with four straight losses and five in his final six bouts, the move to coaching hasn’t necessarily been a bad one, either. (That said, of Castillo’s five losses in his final two years of competition, three were by split decision and one was by majority decision. A spinning backfist KO loss to Paul Felder was the one decisive setback on his resume in that stretch.)

“I’m just enjoying what I’m doing, so I don’t see fighting this year or the next year,” Castillo said. “I’m 38 now. I’m OK with what I do in the sport. I didn’t reach some of the goals I set for myself before I started my career, but sometimes it’s not in the books for certain athletes.

“For me, it’s some of the experiences I did have that helped me become a better coach. All along, I think maybe it was just written in the books to make me a better coach and not a world champion in the UFC.”

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2581 with Danny Castillo, Andre Soukhamthath, Alex Perez, Sodiq Yusuff

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Danny Castillo, Andre Soukhamthath, Alex Perez, and Sodiq Yusuff.

Castillo, who corners Josh Emmett this Saturday at UFC on FOX 26, shared some of his experiences during his move from fighter to coach. Soukhamthath, who is coming off a win over Luke Sanders at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 123, unpacked his big victory. Perez talked about his win over Carls John de Tomas at UFC Fight Night 123 and what’s next for him. Yusuff, who faces Luis Gomez on Friday at Titan FC 47, previewed his title-fight headliner.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Danny Castillo, Eryk Anders, Andre Soukamthath, Alex Perez

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Danny Castillo, Eryk Anders, Andre Soukamthath and Alex Perez.

Semi-retired UFC and WEC vet Castillo is also a Team Alpha Male coach. Anders, Soukamthath and Perez were all victorious this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 123.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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