UFC Fight Night 122 medical suspensions: Michael Bisping out 60 days after knockout

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Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping’s bench time is doubled in the wake of his second stoppage loss.

Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) is suspended 60 days with 45 days of no contact during training after a first-round knockout loss courtesy of Kelvin Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 122, according to medical suspensions released to official MMA records keeper mixedmartialarts.com.

UFC Fight Night 122 took place this past Saturday, Nov. 25, at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Bisping, 38, received a 30-day suspension after being choked unconscious at UFC 217 – just three weeks before the Gastelum fight – by Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC), who claimed the UFC middleweight title after a four-year layoff. But Bisping reportedly received doctor’s permission to compete, despite being badly rocked by a punch prior to being submitted. The UFC, which independently regulated this past Saturday’s event, also cleared him for the fight.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently criticized the decision to allow Bisping to fight.

All UFC Fight Night 122 fighters were given a mandatory seven-day suspension, but four fighters received potential six-month terms.

The full list of medical suspensions from UFC Fight Night 122 include:

  • Kelvin Gastelum: suspended 7 days
  • Michael Bisping: suspended 60 days due to KO and 45 days no contact
  • Li Jingliang: suspended 7 days
  • Zak Ottow: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedic doctor for right hand, and suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Wang Guan: suspended 7 days
  • Alex Caceres: suspended 45 days due to right eyelid laceration and 30 days no contact
  • Alex Garcia: suspended 7 days
  • Muslim Salikhov: suspended 7 days
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov: suspended 7 days
  • Sheymon Moraes: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Song Kenan: suspended 7 days
  • Bobby Nash: suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Yan Xiaonan: suspended 45 days due to lip laceration and 30 days no contact
  • Kailin Curran: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Song Yadong: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedic doctor for right foot, and suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Bharat Kandare: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov: suspended 180 days or until cleared by orthopedic doctor for left thumb, and suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Chase Sherman: suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Gina Mazany: suspended 180 days or until cleared by X-ray for left toe, and suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Wu Yanan: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Rolando Dy: suspended 7 days
  • Wuliji Buren: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Cyril Asker: suspended 7 days
  • Hu Yaozong: suspended minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 122 post-event facts: Michael Bisping sets new UFC record for most times knocked down

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The UFC made its debut on mainland China on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 122, check took place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Rising middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) added another notable victory to his resume in the main event when he starched former 185-pound champion Michael Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) for a first-round knockout, concluding a card that had eight stoppages in 12 fights.

For more on the numbers to come out of the UFC’s final November event, check below for 40 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 122.

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General

Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $105,000.

Debuting fighters went 4-6 at the event.

Gastelum, Li Jingliang, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Song Yadong earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 122 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 122 drew an announced attendance of 15,128. No live gate was announced for the card.

Betting favorites went 8-4 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 1:41:47.

Main card

Kelvin Gastelum

Gastelum improved to 2-1 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December 2016. He’s 4-1 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.

Gastelum has earned 10 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his nine UFC wins.

Bisping suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Bisping suffered his first knockout loss since Jan. 19, 2013 – a span of 1,771 days (nearly five years) and 11 fights.

Bisping’s 12 knockdowns suffered in UFC competition are most in company history.

Li Jingliang

Jingliang’s (14-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak is the longest of his UFC career.

Jingliang has earned all four of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Jingliang’s four knockout victories since 2014 in UFC competition are tied with Neil Magny, Mike Perry and Santiago Ponzinibbio for most in the division.

Zak Ottow (15-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) suffered his first knockout loss since Mar. 15, 2014 – a span of 1,351 days (nearly four years) and 12 fights.

Wang Guan and Alex Caceres

Alex Caceres (13-11 MMA, 8-9 UFC) fell to 3-3 since he returned to the UFC featherweight division in January 2015.

Caceres fell to 3-6 in his past nine UFC appearances.

Alex Garcia (15-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Muslim Salikhov (12-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2012.

Salikhov has suffered both of his career losses by submission.

Preliminary card

Zabit Magomedsharipov

Magomedsharipov (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 10 fights. He hans’t suffered a defeat since April 2013.

Magomedsharipov has earned 12 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. Both of his UFC wins are by submission.

Magomedsharipov’s 11 takedowns landed tied Gray Maynard at the TUF 25 Finale and Jimy Hettes at UFC 141 for the single-fight UFC/WEC featherweight record.

Magomedsharipov earned the 12th anaconda choke submission in UFC history.

Sheymon Moraes (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by submission.

Kenan Song

Kenan Song (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Song’s 15-second knockout is the fifth fastest in UFC welterweight history.

Song’s 15-second win was the second fastest in UFC history by a debuting behind Anthony Johnson’s 13-second win.

Bobby Nash (8-4 MMA, 0-3 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career.

Nash has suffered all of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Yan Xiaonan (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) improved to 5-0 (with one no-contest) since returning from a nearly five-year layoff in July 2015.

Kailin Curran

Kailin Curran’s (4-6 MMA, 1-6 UFC) six UFC losses are tied with Jessica Eye for most of any female in company history

Curran suffered her fourth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of her career.

Curran fell to 1-6 in her past six bouts.

Bharat Khandare (5-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Khandare has suffered all three of his career losses by submission.

Shamil Abdurakhimov

Shamil Abdurakhimov (18-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) earned his first knockout victory since March 11, 2011 – a span of 2,451 days (nearly seven years) and nine fights.

Chase Sherman (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Yanan Wu (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of her career.

Wuliji Buren (8-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) fell to 2-4 in his past six fights.

Hu Yaozong (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his three-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC Fight Night 122 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total approaches $16 million

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SHANGHAI – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $105,000.

UFC Fight Night 122 took place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC), who earned a maximum non-title payout of $20,000 for his main event appearance.

The full UFC Fight Night 122 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Kelvin Gastelum: $10,000
def. Michael Bisping: $20,000

Li Jingliang: $5,000
def. Zak Ottow: $2,500

Wang Guan: $2,500
def. Alex Caceres: $15,000

Alex Garcia: $5,000
def. Muslim Salikhov: $2,500

Zabit Magomedsharipov: $2,500
def. Sheymon Moraes: $2,500

Kenan Song: $2,500
def. Bobby Nash: $2,500

Yan Xiaonan: $2,500
def. Kailin Curran: $5,000

Song Yadong: $2,500
def. Bharat Kandare: $2,500

Shamil Abdurakhimov: $2,500
def. Chase Sherman: $2,500

Gina Mazany: $2,500
def. Yanan Wu: $2,500

Rolando Dy: $2,500
def. Wuliji Buren: $2,500

Cyril Asker: $2,500
def. Hu Yaozong: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $5,550,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $15,873,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC-Shanghai with the Nuge, Kanye and Jackie Chan (because of course)

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While it take intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, went with as their backing tracks.

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Kelvin Gastelum def. Michael Bisping via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:30

Michael Bisping: “Song 2” by Blur

Kelvin Gastelum: “El Palenque” by Vicente Fernandez

Li Jingliang def. Zak Ottow via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:57

Li Jingliang: “We Are Rising” by Unknown

Zak Ottow: “Real American” (Hulk Hogan’s WWF theme song) by Rick Derringer

Wang Guan def. Alex Caceres via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Wang Guan: “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero

Alex Caceres: “Rebellion” by Jose Arroyo

Alex Garcia def. Muslim Salikhov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:22

Alex Garcia: “Bandoleers” (“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” soundtrack) by Don Omar feat. Rego Calderon

Muslim Salikhov: “Uppercut” by Tupac

Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Sheymon Moraes via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 3, 4:30

Zabit Magomedsharipov: “Kick in the Door (Remix)” by Notorious B.I.G.

Sheymon Moraes: “Champions” by Kanye West

Kenan Song def. Bobby Nash via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:15

Kenan Song: “Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang” by Jackie Chan

Bobby Nash: “Come With Me Now” by Kongos

Yan Xiaonan def. Kailin Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Yan Xiaonan: “Self Improvement of Men” theme music by James Wong

Kailin Curran: “Entourage” by Nick Lewis

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Song Yadong def. Bharat Kandare via submission (front choke) – Round 1, 4:16

Song Yadong: “Journey to the West” by Jingging Xu

Bharat Kandare: “Bolo Har Har Har” by Mithoon

Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Chase Sherman via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:24

Shamil Abdurakhimov: “Alugho” by Youth of Dagestan

Chase Sherman: “Who Do You Love” by George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Gina Mazany def. Yanan Wu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Gina Mazany: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

Yanan Wu: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Rolando Dy def. Wuliji Buren via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Rolando Dy: “Tibay” by Quest

Wuliji Buren: “Genghis Khan’s Warriors” by Khan Band

Cyril Asker def. Hu Yaozong via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:33

Cyril Asker: “Katchi” by Ofenbach

Hu Yaozong: “The Sandstorm” by Master City & DJ Sugar Kid

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Fight Night 122 results: Wang Guan drops Alex Caceres multiple times, settles for split decision

Wang Guan’s right hand was on point in his UFC debut against veteran Alex Caceres.

And though Caceres (13-11 MMA, 8-9 UFC) showed glimpses of being able to get something working against Guan (17-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Guan was too much and took a split-decision win with a pair of 29-28 scores. Caceres got a dissenting 29-28 score of his own.

The featherweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 122 event at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Guan got his kicking game going early, but Caceres stayed light on his feet and threw a couple kicks of his own from the outside. About 90 seconds in, both fighters threw knees at the same time, and both landed low. Referee Steve Perceval gave them time, and Guan wanted more of it than Caceres did. On the restart, Guan clipped Caceres with a heavy right hand. It wobbled him and he backed up when Guan came forward.

Caceres tried to smile through it, and midway through the round they tied up momentarily. With two minutes left, Caceres just missed a right uppercut, but landed a left hook moments later. An overhand left landed after that, followed by a Superman punch that was just off the mark. Caceres continued to find a home for the left with a minute to go in the round, and his confidence seemed to build.

But with a few seconds left in the round, Guan drilled Caceres with a short left hand and dropped him. Guan pounced on the opportunity and landed heavy ground-and-pound until the horn. Without question, Caceres was saved by the bell – and needed help to his stool. But he was allowed to start the second round.

At the start of the second, it appeared Caceres still was recovering from the onslaught moments earlier. Guan landed again, but stayed patient. Ninety seconds in, Guan again landed with a big right hand and wobbled him. A knee was just off the mark a second after that. And when Caceres landed a kick too low, Guan wanted nothing to do with taking the five minutes, knowing he had Caceres hurt and didn’t want to give him time to recover. Midway through, Caceres just missed a high kick and he tried to work his way back into the fight. With a minute left, Guan again landed the heavy right hand. Caceres didn’t go down, though.

Caceres kicked to the body a minute into the third. But not long after that, Guan’s right hand once again was on point and he knocked Caceres to the canvas. Caceres put together some offense in the final two minutes, but mostly it was too little, too late – especially after being dropped multiple times in the fight. In the final minute, Caceres again landed with a low kick, but didn’t have a point taken away. On the restart, Caceres showed some desperation, but Guan clinched him up late to make sure he couldn’t land a Hail Mary shot.

Guan won for the fifth straight time. Caceres is back in the loss column after a June TKO win over Rolando Dy. He has dropped three of his past four fights.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 122 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in China.)

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UFC Fight Night 122 staff picks: How many are picking ex-champ Michael Bisping on short notice?

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For the first time in its history, the UFC has touched down in mainland China this week.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass. (With the time difference, the prelims start at 3:45 a.m. ET and the main card starts at 7 a.m. ET.)

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), who just lost his title three weeks ago in the UFC 217 main event, fills in for Anderson Silva on short notice. He takes on Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who is a 3-1 favorite. Of our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts, only two are going with Bisping in the headliner.

In the co-main event, Li Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is a slight favorite in his welterweight bout against Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC). Eight of our 10 pickers are going with China’s Jingliang to give his home fans a thrill.

Also on the main card, Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) has a 7-3 edge over Chinese newcomer Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in their featherweight fight. And to open the main card, only two pickers are taking slight underdog Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) to top Russian newcomer Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in their welterweight bout.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Bisping, Jingliang, Caceres and Salikhov are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Shanghai in-depth breakdown: Stylistic matchups, fight picks, best bets and fantasy studs

MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 122’s main-card bouts.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC)

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 38 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 75.5″
  • Last fight: Submission loss to Georges St-Pierre (Nov. 4, 2017)
  • Camp: RVCA Gym (California)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodx / Kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ Former UFC middleweight champion
+ “TUF 3” winner
+ Regional MMA titles
+ 18 KO victories
+ 3 submission wins
+ 12 first-round finishes
+ Consistent pace and pressure
^ Good cardio and conditioning
+ Excellent feints and footwork
^ Manages distance well
+ Accurate left hook
+ Underrated grappler
+ Good guard retentions and getups
– Dropped in 5 of his last 7 fights
+/- 5-3 against UFC southpaws

Kelvin Gastelum (13-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC)

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’9″ Age: 26 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 71″
  • Last fight: Submission loss to Chris Weidman (July 22, 2017)
  • Camp: Kings MMA (California)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw / Kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ “TUF 17” winner
+ 10th Planet jiu-jitsu purple belt
+ 7 KO victories
+ 4 submission wins
+ 6 first-round finishes
+ High-pressure approach
^ Good volume and combinations
+ Improved boxing
^ Accurate hooks and crosses
+ Hard left body kick
+ Solid wrestling and scrambling
+ Strong from front-headlock
^ Always looks for the back

Summary: The main event in Shanghai features a middleweight matchup between Michael Bisping and Kelvin Gastelum.

Originally slated to face Anderson Silva, who was pulled when he was flagged for a potential doping violation, Gastelum now will meet another former champion in Bisping.

Fresh off of a title loss that took place earlier this month at UFC 217, Bisping will be looking make an insane turnaround when he steps into the cage Saturday night. And with that being the glaring intangible heading into this fight, we are once again faced with uncertainty being the underlying theme in a headlining bout.

That aside, we still have a matchup of top-shelf middleweights on our hands, and I see these two producing potential fireworks on the feet.

An inherent pressure-fighter, we have recently started to see Gastelum’s skills come to fruition under the tutelage of Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA. Having a history of transforming high-level grapplers into dangerous strikers, Cordeiro has seemingly imparted the same knowledge onto Gastelum, who now incorporates crushing kicks to his already potent punches.

Staying in the Southern California scene, we have also watched Gastelum make measurable improvements to his boxing and footwork. In recent outings, we have seen Gastelum pivot more off of his right hand, which allowed him to take superior angles and get the jump on opponents.

Considering the speed advantage that Gastelum should have on paper, I would not be surprised to see him try to get his hands going early and often, especially from his left side.

As many now know, Bisping sustained an eye injury earlier in his career that required surgery. And though the true extent of his operating capacity may not be known, the Englishman has seemingly found himself susceptible to both punches and kicks from that side.

Still, Bisping is far from a sitting duck.

Since said incident, we have seen Bisping improve upon his hand and head positioning, as he seems to carry a heightened sense of urgency and awareness about his game. In fact, one could argue that Bisping’s work with Jason Parillo has been a big part of his late-career renaissance.

A striking coach with strong boxing roots, Parillo has helped many notable fighters grow, including lightweight legend B.J. Penn. In turn, we now see Bisping move much more fluidly with his footwork, which fuels his pulling and returning preferences.

Applying angles appropriately, the Englishman will also change his level more, which can open up his options and make him harder to hit. That said, it was Bisping who fell victim to a level-changing combination in his last outing when Georges St-Pierre dropped him with a left hook.

Against Gastelum, Bisping will likely have more potent threats firing at him from that side. However, given that Gastelum’s takedown threat isn’t as palpable as St-Pierre’s on paper, we may, oddly enough, see a smoother version of Bisping this time out.

Nevertheless, Gastelum will still have a ground game that the former champion will need to respect.

Despite also being bested via submission in his last outing, Gastelum has typically had an underrated grappling and transition game. A natural inside of a scramble, the Arizona state champion’s wrestling chops shine through in the way in which he goes about his business.

Whether he is floating from a front-headlock series or using Peterson or Granby roll to create reversal opportunities, Gastelum can be a handful for any fighter not equipped to stifle his game.

Should Gastelum elect to exercise these skills against the Englishman, he could present some interesting problems. But, like St-Pierre, Gastelum will also likely have to hurt Bisping before being able to work him over on the mat.

Even though wrestling pressure has been Bisping’s traditional foil, he surprisingly succeeds little control time in both wins and losses. Facilitated by active hips, the Englishman aggressively utilizes a butterfly hook or half-guard to create enough space to scoot his way to the fence.

Not afraid to turtle and stand if he needs to, Bisping displays excellent grip and hip awareness, which usually make it difficult to grab his back in the process of standing. But against more mobile fighters like St-Pierre or possibly Gastelum, this scenario can become much riskier in practice.

The oddsmakers have opened Gastelum as a clear 2-1 favorite, and the public seems to agree, driving the price onward and upward from there.

Bisping gave us a memorable 2016 that still has many rooting for him to finish his career well. The red flag, however, is the quick turnaround.

Not only did Bisping get dropped by a flush hook to the head recently, but he also sustained a plethora of hard elbows before eventually getting his back taken and finished. Couple that with being matched up against a younger, faster and harder-hitting fighter –– and it quickly becomes hard to forecast a positive outcome for the former champion.

Official pick: Gastelum inside the distance

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UFC-Shanghai's Alex Caceres: 'It's not all about fighting – sometimes it's about cooking'

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SHANGHAI – Put an interview with Alex Caceres in front of 100 people, and you can be reasonably certain at least half of them will walk away saying, “What a weird dude.”

But maybe the ones you should be focused on are the ones who would say, “Refreshing change of pace for a fighter … I like it.” Plus, ya know what? Caceres is the kind of cat who knows he’s probably a weird dude to some people – and the beauty is, he’s just fine with that.

For Caceres, his life doesn’t revolve around only the sport, even though he tends to be a martial arts purist who loves fighting in the truest sense of the word.

“It’s not all about fighting – sometimes it’s about cooking,” Caceres told MMAjunkie today in China. “But it’s always a battle. It’s always a process of self-discovery, of acquiring knowledge of self, and becoming a better person every single day. Nothing matters but today. Every day, you’re born again, and we just have to take advantage of it.”

On Saturday, Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) takes on the highly touted Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout at UFC Fight Night 122. Their fight on the main card takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Caceres is the kind of fighter who marches to the beat of his own drum. When he fought Sergio Pettis at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago nearly four years ago, his walkout song was well off the beaten path: “One-Trick Pony” by Paul Simon, a seldom remembered Simon album and almost certainly a song that had never been used before for an MMA walkout.

For Caceres, it’s more about having life experiences through reading, through traveling, through the aforementioned cooking, if needs be. And yes, fighting is a big part of it.

“I love fighting,” he said. “It’s not fighting for the UFC, it’s not MMA – I just like fighting people. I don’t get angry when I fight – everybody sees that. I enjoy fighting. Some people call it me being a violent person. I don’t think I’m a violent person – I just enjoy the scrap. I like getting in people’s faces.

“I feel like it’s a process of self-discovery. … I’m really fighting against myself to see where I stand, and hopefully in the future I will have already fought myself so many times that I finally understood myself through the mirror image of other people and I won’t be fighting anymore. I’ll be able to teach people and help people discovery themselves as well through the beauty of martial arts.”

At 29, and with 17 fights already on his UFC resume (eight up, eight down, and a no-contest), Caceres says there’s really no telling what the future holds.

“I’m still very young. I keep getting older, but I just don’t get older in a sense.”

If that’s not existential enough, check out the video above for more from Caceres.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 122 pre-event facts: How legendary is Michael Bisping? Just look at his resume

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The UFC makes its first stop in mainland China on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

After years of waiting to host an event in a major city in China, the organization brings a card that features a former champion in the main event. Ex-middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) makes a three-week turnaround from losing the title to Georges St-Pierre to take on “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in an important showdown.

There’s not much meat on the bone outside of the headliner, but 10 fighters are scheduled to make their octagon debut on the undercard, seven of which are from China. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s final November fight card, check below for 50 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 122.

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Main event

Michael Bisping

Bisping, 38, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Bisping competes in his second UFC bout in a 21-day span. He lost the UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 earlier this month.

Bisping competes in his 29th UFC bout, the most appearances in company history. His 24th UFC middleweight fight also marks a new record for most in divisional history.

Bisping makes his 14th UFC main-event appearance (8-5 in previous headliners). He’s been main or co-main event in 22 of his 29 UFC appearances, including UFC Fight Night 122.

Bisping is the only fighter in UFC history to headline two cards in a one-month span.

Bisping has headlined UFC cards in seven different countries, most in company history.

Bisping’s total cage time of 6:03:03 in UFC competition is second most in company history behind Frankie Edgar (6:27:49). They’re the only two fighters with six-plus hours of octagon time.

Michael Bisping

Bisping’s 20 victories in UFC competition are tied with St-Pierre for most in company history.

Bisping’s 16 victories in UFC middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Bisping’s 10 knockout victories in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind Vitor Belfort (12), Anthony Johnson (11) and Anderson Silva (11).

Bisping’s seven knockout victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Silva (eight).

Bisping’s seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Silva (11), Chris Leben (nine) and Nate Marquardt (nine).

Bisping’s 10 decision victories in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind St-Pierre (12), Diego Sanchez (11) and Gleison Tibau (11).

Bisping has landed 1,560 significant strikes in UFC competition, the most in company history.

Michael Bisping

Bisping is one of three fighters in UFC history to record 100 or more significant strikes in five separate bouts. T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk also accomplished the feat.

Bisping’s 216 leg kicks landed in UFC middleweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Bisping’s five knockdowns landed from the clinch position in UFC competition are the second most in company history behind Silva (seven).

Bisping won the middleweight championship from Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in his 26th UFC appearance, the latest into a career of any first-time titleholder in company history.

Bisping is one of six European-born champions in UFC history. He’s the only from England.

Bisping’s one of five fighters in UFC history to win “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series and an undisputed UFC title. Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra and Carla Esparza also accomplished the feat.

Bisping is the only fighter in UFC history to win “TUF,” a UFC championship and make a successful title defense.

Kelvin Gastelum

Gastelum competes in his fourth career UFC main event. He’s 0-2 (with one no-contest) in previous headliners.

Gastelum is 1-1 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December. He’s 3-1 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.

Gastelum has earned nine of his 13 career victories by stoppage.

Gastelum has landed six knockdowns in his past five fights.

Co-main event

Li Jingliang’s (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) three-fight winning streak is the longest of his UFC career.

Jingliang has earned all three of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned his past three victories by decision after stopping his opponent in his first 12 career wins.

Remaining main card

Alex Caceres

Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) is 3-2 since he returned to the UFC featherweight division in January 2015. However, he’s just 3-5 in his past eight UFC appearances overall.

Caceres is one of three fighters in UFC/WEC bantamweight history to land 100 or more significant strikes in two different fights. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz also accomplished the feat.

Caceres’ submission of Sergio Pettis at the 4:39 mark of Round 3 at UFC on FOX 10 marked the second latest in a three-round UFC bantamweight fight. Only Bryan Caraway’s victory at the 4:44 mark of Round 3 at UFC 159 occurred later.

Caceres’ 12 submission attempts in UFC bantamweight competition are tied with Dillashaw for most in divisional history.

Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned all 12 of his career stoppage victories as a result of strikes.

Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 10 of those finishes in Round 1.

Garcia has completed 20 takedowns in his past six UFC appearances.

Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut on a 10-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since December 2012.

Salikhov has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 10 of those finishes in Round 1.

Salikhov has earned his past two victories by first-round spinning hook kick knockout.

Preliminary card

Zabit Magomedsharipov (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on a nine-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since April 2013.

Magomedsharipov has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage.

Kenan Song (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut following a more than one-year layoff in a loss in his most recent bout at Road FC 34 in November 2016.

Kailin Curran

Kailin Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) competes in her seventh UFC strawweight bout, tied for the second most appearances in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (nine).

Curran’s three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since December 2015.

Curran’s five UFC losses are tied with Jessica Eye for most of any female in company history.

Xiaonan Yan (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is 4-0 (with one no-contest) since returning from a nearly five-year layoff in July 2015.

Chase Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has landed a combined 214 significant strikes in his past two UFC appearances.

Shamil Abdurakhimov (17-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has earned his past four victories by decision, the longest stretch of his career without a finish.

Wu Yana (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 21, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 122 in China

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 event in China.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 122 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 122 takes place Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

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Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Records: Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC)
Past five: Bisping 4-1, Gastelum 2-2 (one no-contest)
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Bisping No. 3, Gastelum honorable mention
Odds (as of 11/19/17): Gastelum -260, Bisping +220

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Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow

Records: Li Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
Past five: Jingliang 4-1, Ottow 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/19/17): Jingliang -175, Ottow +145

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Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan

Records: Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC), Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Caceres 3-2, Guan 4-1
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/19/17): Caceres -180, Guan +150

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Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov

Records: Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC), Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Garcia 2-3, Salikhov 5-0
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 11/19/17): Salikhov -180, Garcia +150

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For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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