MMA Community reacts to Michael Bisping stepping up to fight Kelvin Gastelum

November 11, 2017 6:42 pm by Chris Taylor
Michael Bisping

The MMA community has been devastated by a serious of injuries and fight cancellations ever since the conclusion of last weekend’s epic UFC 217 event in New York.

First, former UFC lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar was forced out of his highly anticipated featherweight title fight with current champ Max Holloway at UFC 218.

Shortly following that announcement, news broke that former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz had suffered a broken arm and was forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 219 scrap with surging contender Jimmie Rivera.

As the old saying goes “when it rains it pours”, and with that the bad news continued for the UFC.

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was flagged by USADA on Friday for a potential anti-doping violation and was thus removed from his bout with Kelvin Gastelum which was set to headline UFC Shanghai on November 25.

Finally today some positive news began to surface in the world of mixed martial arts.

First, it was announced the Jose Aldo was stepping in to replace Frankie Edgar and square off with Max Holloway for a second time in the main event of UFC 218 in Detroit.

Shortly following that news, Ariel Helwani announced that Michael Bisping, who just competed in the main event of UFC 217, was stepping up on short notice to replace Anderson Silva against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai.

Here is how the MMA Community reacted to the rather shocking news:


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