For the first time in history, the UFC will hold an event in mainland China, as the company heads to Shanghai to host UFC Fight Night. The main event will feature a middleweight fight between former champion and No. 2 ranked Michael Bisping, and No. 9 Kelvin Gastelum.
A middleweight bout between Gastelum and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was expected to serve as the main event on Saturday. The two fighters were previously scheduled to meet in June at UFC 212, but Gastelum was pulled from the bout after testing positive for Carboxy-THC, which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish above the 150 ng/mL limit instituted by the U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Roughly two weeks before this Saturday’s event, USADA notified…show more content… A win over a former champion and Hall of Famer in Bisping, even on short notice, would put Gastelum right back in the hunt for the middleweight title.
By promptly stepping up and asking for this fight, Bisping has proved yet again that he’s one of the toughest fighters in UFC history. At 38 years old and a former champion, Bisping doesn’t have much left to prove.
Bisping recently said during UFC Shanghai’s media conference call.
“Realistically, I don’t see how I could have turned this down,” Bisping said. “I honestly think this is a win-win situation for me. I get to go out there, get back in the win column, hopefully, get to put on a great fight, remind the world what I’m capable of and I get paid again, so it’s all positives from my perspective.”
In his Hall of Fame career, Bisping has collected victories over Anderson Silva, Luke Rockhold, Cung Le and Dan Henderson, to name a few. Another win on Saturday would add to his legacy as one of the greatest middleweights of all time.
Win or lose, however, Bisping insists he has one more fight left in him, as he is expected to headline a London card in March, which would put an end to one of the greatest careers in UFC