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Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish Set for UFC on FOX 3

John Cholish. Photo by Dominance MMA Management.
John Cholish. Photo by Dominance MMA Management.

After an impressive octagon debut, lightweight John Cholish will see an immediate increase in opponent level. The east coast fighter will take on surging Danny Castillo in a bout scheduled for the upcoming UFC on FOX 3 event.

The UFC confirmed that both fighters have agreed to the bout.

Cholish (8-1), a Team Renzo Gracie fighter out of New York, won his eighth straight fight overall at UFC 140, earning a TKO victory over Mitch Clarke.

Cholish is one of the more interesting stories in MMA, having graduated from Cornell University of the Ivy League. He also holds a white-collar career as a commodities trader while progressing his fight career.

His next step will almost certainly be the most challenging of his fighting days, as he prepares for Castillo, a winner of five of his last six. In his most recent bout, Castillo (13-4) earned a decision over Anthony Njokuani. Castillo has been a Zuffa fighter far longer than Cholish, making his WEC debut back in 2008 before moving over to the UFC in 2011. Overall, he's 8-4 during his UFC/WEC run.

UFC on FOX 3 takes place from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5. The arena is less than a one-hour drive from Morristown, where Cholish went to high school.