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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Shamil Abdurakhimov motivated at UFC-Shanghai by Chase Sherman saying he fights like a girl

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SHANGHAI – Shamil Abdurakhimov got some late pre-fight motivation ahead of UFC Fight Night 122. He used that to score an 84-second knockout of Chase Sherman.

Prior to Saturday’s heavyweight bout, which took place at the UFC Fight Pass-streamed event at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, Sherman (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) made some disparaging comments about Abdurakhimov (18-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) fighting style, claiming that he “fights like a (expletive) girl.”

Abdurakhimov was motivated to get the job done prior to seeing Sherman’s comments, but he admitted it gave him an added push.

“I didn’t read the article until yesterday morning, but my wife just sent me the link of this interview,” Abdurakhimov told MMAjunkie after his win. “I read it. He was talking (expletive) about it that I fight like a girl. It motivates me more to come out and show him my boring fight.”

Abdurakhimov’s striking was on point in the brief contest. He landed some big shots that dropped his opponent to a knee. The fight was ruled a knockout, but Sherman popped up to his feet the moment the referee intervened. Despite some potential questions around the stoppage, Abdurakhimov thought the referee made the right call.

“I believe that was a good stoppage because when I hit him a second time he was completely out,” Abdurakhimov said. “I saw how he dropped to his knees and if the ref didn’t stop it, I could hurt him real bad.”

After taking an 11-month layoff following a main-event loss to Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 102 in December, Abdurakhimov made a triumphant return and earned the first stoppage win of his UFC career. He said it’s one of many more to come.

“Of course I am happy with that victory being a knockout,” Abdurakhimov said. “This is not the last one. I hope I will surprise you more in the future.”

For more from Abdurakhimov, check out the video above.

And 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 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: Shamil Abdurakhimov rebounds with 84-second KO of Chase Sherman

If Shamil Abdurakhimov wanted to make a statement after taking some heat from critics in his first UFC headliner nearly a year ago, he did it.

Abdurakhimov (18-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) knocked out Chase Sherman (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) just 84 seconds into the first round with a big right hand and a follow-up left hook. It got him back on track after a loss to Derrick Lewis in December 2016.

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

Sherman tried a low kick early and stayed light on his feet. Abdurakhimov landed a left, but ate a counter from Sherman. Both fighters landed heavy punches a minute in, but Abdurakhimov landed a mssive left hook right after that.

And with Sherman staggered, Abdurakhimov took advantage. He landed a big overhand right that spun Sherman around. And with Sherman’s back to him, Abdurakhimov landed a big left hook to drop Sherman to his knees. That was enough to get Steve Perceval in to stop the fight just 84 seconds into the bout.

Abdurakhimov got back in the win column after losing the UFC Fight Night 102 headliner nearly a year ago to Lewis. Sherman had a two-fight winning streak snapped.

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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10 reasons to watch UFC-Shanghai, the UFC's debut in mainland China with Bisping vs. Gastelum

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Michael Bisping lost the UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre on Nov. 4. The veteran fighter tended to his emotional and physical wounds for a few days, then he told the UFC he’d be happy to face Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 122 main event.

The opportunity arose when Gastelum’s original opponent, former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, was flagged with a potential doping violation. And so, 21 days after losing his title, Bisping steps back into the octagon.

Saturday’s event is the UFC’s first foray into mainland China after it held events in Macau in 2012 and 2014.

With the opening of a new market, the promotion went heavy on local talent. One of those fighters, Li Jingliang, who is in the process of establishing himself as the face of the UFC in China, competes in the co-headliner against Zak Ottow. The bout is Jingliang’s first fight in his home country since he won the Legend FC welterweight title in 2013.

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

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. It can’t be a positive for both competitors

It’s hard to argue with Gastelum’s (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) logic. After Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) replaced Silva, the 26-year-old said he liked the new matchup better. A few years ago that remark would have been laughable. Today, it’s on the mark. Bisping is currently ranked No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA Middleweight rankings. He’s also just a few weeks removed from his reign as 185-pound champion. Silva is ranked No. 10 and 1-4 with one no contest dating back to 2013.

“If I win this fight, it will put me up high in the rankings, and I’ll be in the conversation to fight for the title,” Gastelum, a rankings honorable mention, said during a recent media call. “That’s ultimately my goal. He’s ranked No. 2 (in the official UFC rankings), fresh off his title fight with ‘GSP.’ I feel like this is an even better fight for my career, and I expect it to be a tough fight.”

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The 38-year-old Bisping also sees the matchup as a positive.

“Obviously (UFC 217) didn’t go my way,” Bisping said of his title-losing defeat to Georges St-Pierre. “The best way to rectify that is to get straight back on the horse, so to speak, try to get back in the win column.”

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One of these men will leave China disappointed.

2. Different types of pressure

Li Jingliang

After a 2-2 start in the UFC, Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has found his footing in the welterweight division. The 29-year-old has won his three most recent fights. He looks to end 2017 with an undefeated record. Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) wants to prevent that from happening.

Despite his winning streak, Jingliang faces pressure in this contest. Knowing the UFC likes to build fight cards around popular hometown fighters, a win in his home country could put the Jingliang in the running to headline the next event the promotion holds in China.

Ottow faces a different type of stress, the stress of fighting out his contract. The American is 2-1 in the UFC with a split-decision win in his most recent bout. And as we know, it’s always easier to negotiate after a victory.

3. High hopes

In February, the UFC released a video to announce the signing of the Wang Guan. That should give you an indication that the promotion has high expectations for the 31-year-old featherweight. Guan meets the more experienced Alex Caceres in his UFC debut.

Guan’s sole loss was a 2013 decision defeat at the hands of one-time WSOF bantamweight champion Bekbulat Magomedov. Unfortunately for him, Magomedov and Shane Young, who Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) bested in 2015, are the only name opponents on his record. Expect him to be very anxious to add Caceres’ (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) name to his list of 12-career finishes.

Caceres enters this tilt with a doctor-stoppage TKO win over Rolando Dy in his most recent outing.

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4. We’re throwing spinning … stuff

Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia meets Wushu Sanda world champion Muslim Salikhov, who makes his UFC debut in China, in the main card opener.

Salikhov is a fighter to watch in the welterweight division. A devastating striker, the Dagestanian has 10 first-round knockout victories. His past four striking stoppages have all been spinning kicks with the most recent being a 93-second trouncing of Melvin Guillard. Salikhov’s only loss came in 2012 when he entered an MMA bout thinking it was a kickboxing match.

If Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) can get by Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who is coming off a decision loss to Tim Means, he could be an intriguing addition to the 170-pound division.

5. Rising prospect returns

Zabit Magomedsharipov

Zabit Magomedsharipov, a former ACB champion, made his UFC debut in September. The Dagestanian entered that contest with a lot of hype. The 26-year-old, who trains with Frankie Edgar, Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza and Marlon Moraes, delivered a “Performance of the Night” winning submission stoppage of Mike Santiago. The victory was his ninth straight win.

A very athletic and flashy featherweight, Magomedsharipov is a well-rounded fighter with a deep well of unorthodox, and accurate, striking techniques. He looks like he could quickly develop into a contender at 145 pounds. Magomedsharipov (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets one-time WSOF bantamweight title challenger Sheymon Moraes (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Moraes hasn’t fought since June 2016 due to a contract impasse with the WSOF. He defeated Luis Palomino by decision in that bout. If the 27-year-old Brazilian has acquired even the slightest dusting of cage rust he could find himself in deep trouble.

6. A hard road

The first female Chinese fighter to sign with the UFC, Yan Xiaonan is unbeaten in her past six fights. Nicknamed “Fury,” Xiaonan lives up to that moniker. She is almost recklessly aggressive in her striking style.

Xiaonan (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has not fought for more than a year, faces Kailin Curran. The Hawaiian has struggled during her UFC run. Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) has only one win in six fights with the promotion. That victory came two years ago. She is currently on a three-fight losing skid.

The reason Curran remains employed by the UFC is due to her proclivity to put on entertaining fights. Expect this strawweight contest to fit that pattern.

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7. New guy, meet the newer guy

Bharat Khandare is the first Indian-born fighter to join the UFC. The former Super Fight League featherweight champion is an incredibly aggressive fighter with good strength. He’s also shown a heavy top game with powerful ground strikes. Khandare’s shortcomings are that he has a tendency to leave himself open for counterstrikes and he also telegraphs his takedowns. The 28-year-old recently came back from a break of nearly three years. He lost his return bout by first-round submission. The defeat ended his five-fight winning streak. Khandare has never left the second round.

Khandare (5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces the more experienced Kenan Song (9-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in this bantamweight matchup. The 22-year-old, who is a late injury replacement, is sometimes overzealous in his striking, which might provide Khandare the opening he needs to get the fight to the mat. Yadong enters this contest on the strength of an April decision win.

8. Looking for a breakthrough

The heavyweight contest between Chase Sherman and Shamil Abdurakhimov features two fighters looking to establish a foothold in the division.

This battle is one of experience vs. potential. Abdurakhimov is a well-rounded fighter who has spent the majority of his 36 years competing in martial arts. A pro since 2008, he was close to a breakthrough in his most recent outing. Abdurakhimov (17-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) appeared to win the first three rounds of his UFC Fight Night 102 bout with Derrick Lewis before succumbing to strikes in the fourth stanza. Sherman’s (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) most recent outing, a decision win over Damian Grabowski was his best performance to date. The 28-year-old showed patience, poise and a nice assortment of strikes in that outing.

Don’t be surprised if the winner of this bout moves on to face a fighter in the bottom half of the rankings.

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9. Hoping for something better this time

Gina Mazany didn’t have much luck in her first UFC fight. She accepted a bout against Sara McMann on 16 days’ notice. She came in more than three pounds heavy for the bantamweight matchup. On fight night Mazany was unable to land a single strike before she tapped out at 1:14 of the first round. The loss was the first of her five-fight career.

Mazany does have three stoppage wins in her four victories, but it must be noted those four opponents combined for two victories.

Mazany’s opponent in this bantamweight bout, Yanan Wu (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), is eight years younger than Mazany (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), but has five more fights on her record. Her sole loss was a 2016 TKO at the hands of current Invicta FC bantamweight champion Yana Kunitskaya.

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10. Stay on the gas

Rolando Dy

Rolando Dy is better than his 0-2 record in the UFC suggests. A resilient fighter with a sound striking game, the 26-year-old struggles to stay active and keep the pressure on his opponent for prolonged periods. With his job possibly on the line, Dy can’t afford to lay back in the fight. (And it doesn’t help Dy missed the featherweight limit at Thursday’s weigh-ins, coming in at 148 pounds.)

Dy’s opponent, Wuliji Buren, makes his UFC debut in Shanghai. Buren (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has good wrestling and ground skills, but he hasn’t fought high-level competition. With that, it’s hard to get a read on just how well he’ll perform against Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC), who has decent takedown defense.

Expect Dy to do everything in his power to keep this fight standing.

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

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Chase Sherman not excited for Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC-Shanghai: He 'fights like a (expletive) girl'

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SHANGHAI – Chase Sherman is typically a rather upbeat personality, but when the name of UFC Fight Night 122 opponent Shamil Abdurakhimov pops up, he loses a bit of that twinkle.

Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will put it bluntly: It’s difficult for him to get overly excited when facing an opponent with Abdurakhimov’s (17-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) style. He wants opposition that will bring the action, and from what he knows of foe going into Saturday’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed heavyweight bout at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, that’s not what he’s getting.

“Am I super excited about the fight? No, I’m not,” Sherman told MMAjunkie. “I’m a fighter who likes to go out there and throw and put on an exciting fight for the fans. I’ll be honest with you: He’s not a very exciting fighter. He kind of fights like a (expletive) girl. He likes to run around and he scores his points. He does what he needs to do to get the win. He’s a good fighter, he’s a very smart fighter. I can’t take that away from him.

“But, from an entertainment aspect, no he’s not. His last fight with (Derrick) Lewis he almost got a point deduction from running. We’ll see how it goes. He’s going to have to fight me.”

Sherman is not all negative, though. He knows there’s some upside to the upcoming fight, the majority of which stems from the fact Abdurakhimov is ranked above him in the heavyweight division. The Russian is also coming off a main-event bout with Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 102 in December, which gives him some additional clout.

Currently, Sherman’s main priority is to ascend the heavyweight rankings as quickly as possible. To do that, he knows he must accept challenging fights, whether he likes the style matchup or not.

“We’re really trying to break into the top 15,” Sherman said. “That’s the bottom line and what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to climb the rankings. This will be three wins in a row. It’s hard to come by three wins in a row in the heavyweight division if you look at the win-streak pattern. Shamil is No. 16, I’m No. 19, so it makes sense.

“I’m coming here to get a ‘W.’ I’m coming here to collect a check and move up the ladder. It’s just a business trip for me. If it’s an exciting fighter or not it doesn’t really matter. That’s all that important is to just keep moving forward.”

Sherman might also be a little bit on edge because of where his fight is located. In recent months “The Vanilla Gorilla” has emerged as one of the most enjoyable Twitter personalities in the sport. His social media following has grown extensively since his UFC debut, but in China, Twitter is nearly inaccessible.

Although the lack of social media makes it a little harder for Sherman to pass the time, he plans on making a triumphant post-fight return to Twitter – hopefully to celebrate a win.

“I didn’t realize that until a couple days before I came over here,” Sherman said. “People were like, ‘Yeah, no Facebook, no Twitter, no social media.’ I was like, ‘What the hell is going on? Why not?’ It is what it is. Twitter will have to wait for me until I get home.”

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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Lineup set for UFC's debut in Shanghai – with a 3:45 a.m. ET start time

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The UFC heads to mainland China for the first time next week, and the lineup is set for the card.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place next Saturday, Nov. 25, at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) will make a 21-day turnaround from his UFC 217 title loss to Georges St-Pierre after agreeing to fight Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) on short notice.

UFC Fight Night 122 lost its original main event last week when former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) was flagged with a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation.

In the co-main event, welterweights Li Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will hook up. Also on the main card, Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) takes on Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at featherweight. And to open the main card, Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) takes on Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at welterweight.

The full UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 a.m. ET)

  • Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3:45 a.m. ET)

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

 

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