Long-time UFC veterans Danny Castillo and Mike Pierce have been released by the UFC, as per Bleacher Report.
Danny Castillo (17-10), a member of Team Alpha Male, had his first fight with the WEC back in 2008 where he remained for 8 fights, scoring notable victories over Ricardo Lamas and Dustin Poirier. His UFC debut was in 2011 where he beat Joe Stevenson via unanimous decision. Most recently, however, Castillo dropped four bouts in a row, 3 of them being split-decisions.
Mike Pierce (17-7) has been with the UFC for over 6 years racking up a 9-5 record. The most impressive victories of his UFC career have been over Aaron Simpson, Seth Baczynski, and Paul Bradley. Most recently, he dropped a unanimous decision to Ryan LaFlare in December. Prior to that, his last fight was against Rousimar Palhares, where he tapped out to a heel hook that Palhares had held on to after the referee stopped the bout. Pierce suffered injuries that kept him out of competition for two years and Palhares was released from the UFC.