Edson Barboza entered the Octagon a big favorite against Danny Castillo at UFC on Fox 9 in Sacramento, California tonight, but he found himself on his back and nearly finished in the first round.

He would eventually escape however, and eventually prove the oddsmakers right, dominating the last two stanzas to earn a majority decision victory.

Castillo, of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, landed a pair of hard right hands to shake the Brazilian Muay Thai standout early. A takedown was followed by a rear naked choke attempt that was painfully close, but Barboza was able to scramble away and attack with a heel hook at the end of round.

The second and third rounds were dominated by Barboza’s crisp standup attack, particularly his kicks to the legs. A spinning back kick to the ribs shook Castillo and punching combinations kept him on his back heel.

The crowd boo’ed the decision. Barboza rises to 13-1 with the victory. Castillo drops to 16-6.

At UFC on Fox 9, Edson Barboza defeats Danny Castillo by Majority Decision (29-28, 28-28, 29-28).