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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Gina Mazany overcame broken foot bone in camp to win at UFC-Shanghai

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SHANGHAI – Gina Mazany felt more comfortable in her sophomore UFC appearance Saturday, mainly because she wasn’t getting mauled by a high-level opponent in a short-notice fight.

Mazany earned her first octagon victory at UFC Fight Night 122 when she topped Yanan Wu (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) by unanimous decision in their women’s bantamweight bout at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

After suffering a first-round submission loss to former title challenger Sara McMann in a short-notice fight at UFC Fight Night 105 on February, Mazany was afforded a full training camp for her second UFC bout. She said her performance was a better representation of what she’s about.

“I wasn’t getting gloved on by Sara McMann,” Mazany told MMAjunkie of her second UFC fight. “I was prepared for this fight and I think that was the main difference – was that I’m actually prepared, whereas the Sara McMann fight I took on short notice and the only thing I had coming out there was a female fortitude of just being crazy and strong and thinking I can do everything. I’m so happy right now.”

The win over Wu was particularly special for Mazany because she had to endure a difficult training camp. Mazany claims she suffered a broken bone in her foot in the weeks leading up to the fight

“I’m so happy. Life is so good right now. I definitely had one of the hardest camps I’ve ever had. Weeks 5, 4 and 3, I was on crutches. I wasn’t able to spar, go live. This is a very, very, very important win to me.”

“I broke a bone in my foot. I got my toe caught in the cage and dislocated a bone in it. A couple doctors told me to pull out of it.”

For more from Mazany, 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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UFC Fight Night 122 results: Gina Mazany dominates Yanan Wu for sweep and first UFC win

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Gina Mazany threw everything she had at Yanan Wu, but couldn’t seem to get rid of her.

Instead, Mazany (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had to settle for a win on the scorecards, dominating Wu (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in all three rounds to take the unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-27 across the board.

The women’s bantamweight 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.

Wu got off to a fast start, but it was Mazany who soon took control of the fight. With her takedowns and strong top control game, Mazany seemed to wear Wu down with a steady ground-and-pound attack early on, then hurt her with a solid head kick when the fight returned to the feet.

Wu did her best to battle back into the fight, trying to work from the clinch despite repeated warnings from referee Marc Goddard about holding the fence to aid her assault. But near the end of the second, Wu seemed to suffer a shoulder injury that left her complaining to her corner before the final frame.

Mazany took the fight to Wu once more in that last round, taking her down again and shrugging off her submission attempts while peppering her with strikes on the mat. Wu kept battling until the end, but by then their was little doubt as to the result. Once the scores were tallied, all three judges had it as a clean sweep for Mazany.

Mazany’s win is her first in two tries with the UFC. Wu’s loss snaps a two-fight winning streak outside the UFC.

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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After everything worked against her in debut, Gina Mazany ready to shine at UFC-Shanghai

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SHANGHAI – As far as UFC debuts go, Gina Mazany had one she’d probably like to forget.

The only problem is, even though so many things worked against her, and even though she left Canada with a 74-second submission loss, she finds herself looking back at her loss to Olympic medalist Sara McMann with a way to take some positives out of it.

“Everything was riding against me,” Mazany told MMAjunkie today of her short-notice fight with McMann at UFC Fight Night 105 in February. “I was fighting a top opponent, short notice, cut a lot of weight, got sick – it sucked. But the thing I pulled from it is that I really believed in myself. I really believed I was going to win that fight, and I think that’s something you can’t teach. … I’m a lot stronger (in my head) than I thought I was, so it was nice to see that.”

On Saturday, Mazany (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) returns – this time with a full camp, and under some more normal circumstances – against Yanan Wu (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The only thing not really normal about it is it’s all the way in Shanghai for the UFC’s debut in mainland China. That means a crazy flight for someone like Mazany to fight Wu on her home turf. But even that isn’t so bad, she said, because she regularly has cornered her brother, Dave Mazany, whose most recent five fights have been for EFC in South Africa.

Wu should get a home-country pop from the fans, and that’s OK with Mazany.

“I’m so excited for this fight because I think my opponent is perfect for me,” she said. “I really couldn’t have had a more perfect girl put in front of me. I think it’ll be a good fight. My first thought was, I’m a big pro wrestling fan, and I’m a big fan of heels. There’s nothing better than going into someone’s backyard (as a villain). There’s not as much pressure.

“She obviously has a good following here and she’s been doing very well here, so that to me is no problem. … I was stoked to get the call, and obviously to visit China is amazing. It’s all just been a great experience so far.”

And if there does happen to be a little pressure on her to get her first UFC win? Well, so be it. After all:

“I feel like there are a little bit more eyes on me right now. They say when you put pressure on coal, that makes a diamond. … I’m just excited to scrap.”

For more from Mazany, check out the video above.

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

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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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Kailin Curran-Yan Xiaonan, Gina Mazany-Yanan Wu added to UFC Fight Night 122 in China

UFC Fight Night 122, the first UFC event in mainland China, is beginning to shape up with the addition of a pair of women’s bouts that feature two debuting Chinese fighters.

In the strawweight division, Kailin Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) will welcome Xiaonan Yan (7-1, 0-0 UFC) to the octagon for the first time, while in the bantamweight division Gina Mazany (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) faces Yanan Wu (9-1, 0-0 UFC).

Curran and Mazany announced the matchups for UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and streams on UFC Fight Pass, on their respective social media accounts (via Instagram):

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Curran is likely facing a do-or-die situation when it comes to her UFC career. She’s suffered losses in her past three fights and has just one victory in six octagon appearances. The Hawaiian is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Alexandra Albu at UFC 214 in July.

Looking to extend Curran’s skid is Yan. “Fury” will return to action from a more than one-year layoff for the fight, but she brings a six-fight unbeaten streak into the contest, with all of her victories coming by stoppage.

Mazany, meanwhile, will hope her sophomore UFC effort goes better than her first. “Danger” accepted a short-notice fight with Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 105 in February to break into the promotion but was submitted in a mere 74 seconds by the Olympic silver medalist.

Now Mazany will be the one attempting to play spoiler for someone’s debut when she takes on Wu, who immediately becomes one of the youngest fighters on the UFC roster at just 21. She already has 10 fights of experience, though, winning all but one.

With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Kailin Curran vs. Xiaonan Yan
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu

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

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Gina Mazany talks pros and cons – well, just pros – of having ex-UFC champ Miesha Tate as manager

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As far as MMA managers go, it seems like UFC bantamweight Gina Mazany has a pretty complete package in former champion Miesha Tate.

After all, it’s not every day you get to be mentored by someone who not only knows you but has some valuable first-hand experience with a lot of your possible competition.

“One thing I love about training with Miesha is that her and I, we’ve trained together,” Mazany told MMAjunkie Radio. “We’ve sparred together. We’ve grappled together. We’ve wrestled together. So she knows what I have to offer, what I have to put on the table. I like it when she’s like, ‘You should fight so and so, I think that would be a really great fight for you.’

“Because she’s experienced – not only with the game and probably a lot of the girls that are currently in the 135 division, but also with me.”

Tate was the one who told Mazany (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) that, four fights into her professional MMA career, she had just landed a UFC contract. The news, however, came with a caveat: Mazany would have only 16 days to prepare for her debut against former title challenger and Olympic medalist Sara McMann.

Add to it that Mazany, who’d just finished “a big steak dinner,” was a little bit heavy, and you have some unfavorable conditions for her first time in the octagon. But, from the start, the answer to Tate’s offer was always clear on the newcomer’s mind.

“It’s one of those things where it’s like a door opens, and you’ve got to run through it,” Mazany said.

The debut, which took place at UFC Fight Night 105 in February, didn’t go well. Mazany ended up on the unfortunate end of an arm-triangle choke by her much more experienced opponent. But regardless, only five fights into her professional MMA career, Mazany is officially a UFC fighter.

Moving forward, the bantamweight plans on still getting another fight by year’s end. As far as possible matchups go, she’s already got some social media beef stewing.

Well, sort of.

“Her name is Lucie Pudilova,” Mazany said. “She’s newly signed. I originally wanted to fight her, because – she first got signed, and she fought Lina Lansberg. Good scrap, really good fight. Lina ended up pulling off the win. And then after, my Twitter was blowing up, with Lucie like, ‘I want to fight Gina,’ talking all this trash.

“And then I got on Instagram, and she was talking all this trash. And I was like, “I just got on the scene, I just got beat up by Sara McMann taking a last-minute fight, what did I do?’”

Mazany would later come to find that the confrontation with Pudilova, who recovered from the Lansberg loss with a decision over Ji Yeon Kim, was merely the work of a “total Twitter troll.” But now that the seed has been planted, she’s down if Pudilova is.

“I think that’d be a fun fight,” Mazany said.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2505 with Gina Mazany, Gustavo Lopez, Dave LaGreca

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Gina Mazany, Gustavo Lopez and Dave LaGreca.

UFC women’s bantamweight Mazany and MMA free agent Gustavo Lopez, both fighting out of the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, co-hosted the second hour of the show. LaGreca, host of the pro wrestling show “Busted Open” on SiriusXM Rush 93, talked to the hosts about crossover athletes like Brock Lesnar, Cris “Cyborg” and Shayna Baszler, and how they impact each sport.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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