The UFC makes its debut in mainland China in the early hours of the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. The Mercedes Benz Arena will play host to tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night. The four-fight main card is headlined by a middleweight bout between Kelvin Gastelum and late-replacement opponent and former middleweight champion, Michael Bisping. Gastelum, ranked ninth in the UFC’s official rankings, wants to erase the feeling of two straight fights that didn’t end the way he would have wanted. A March fight against Vitor Belfort was changed to a No Contest after Gastelum tested positive for marijuana. Gastelum then lost a via submission to yet another former champion in Chris Weidman.
Bisping’s return provides a perhaps needed boost to the storyline of UFC Fight Night Shanghai. His second fight in the same month, Bisping looks to erase the bad taste of a title fight loss to Georges St-Pierre. Bisping’s reign as champion was one criticized for his first defense opposite Dan Henderson since the latter seemed hand-picked instead of merit-based. This despite Bisping’s capturing of the title over perennial contender Luke Rockhold.
Before this pivotal middleweight bout kicks off early Saturday morning, watch the weigh-ins take place from Shanghai.
UFC Fight Night 122 Main Event:
Michael Bisping (186) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (186)
Li Jingliang (171) vs. Zak Ottow (171)
Alex Caceres (146) vs. Wang Guan (146)
Muslim Salikhov (170) vs. Alex Garcia (171)
UFC Fight Night 122 Prelims:
Zabit Magomedsharipov (146) vs. Sheymon Moraes (145)
Bobby Nash (170.5) vs. Kenan Song (170)
Kailin Curran (116) vs. Yan Xiaonan (116)
Bharat Kandare (145) vs. Song Yadong (146)
Shamil Abdurakhimov (261) vs. Chase Sherman (252)
Wu Yanan (135) vs. Gina Mazany (135)
Wuliji Buren (146) vs. Rolando Dy (148)*
Cyril Asker (244) vs. Hu Yaozong (232)
*Dy missed weight
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