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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Cyril Asker won't feel pressure until he gets UFC fight in France

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SHANGHAI – Cyril Asker embraces his ability to go into enemy territory to fight, and that won’t change until MMA is legalized in France.

Asker earned a second-round submission of Hu Yaozong (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 122 card, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, to disappoint the Chinese crowd in the fight card opener.

Asker has gotten used to competing in front of an opposing crowd throughout his career. He hasn’t been able to fight in front of his own fans in France, and until that happens, he said he can compete pressure-free.

“In France, MMA is illegal, so I always go fight guys in their home town,” Asker told MMAjunkie after his win. “There’s not much pressure for me. If in France MMA (becomes) legal, maybe I’ll feel some pressure. But for now, no.”

UFC Fight Night 122 marked Asker’s fourth octagon appearance. He’s alternated wins and losses during his time with the promotion, but he said nearly two years after signing he’s beginning to feel at home. He felt his performance against Yaozong reflected as much.

“I’ve started to feel confident in the octagon,” Asker said. “I’ve started to feel very good, to be very focused, to be very quiet, calm – be patient, feel everything. I need to work. I need to grow in my standup, my wrestling. I have the best coaching the world and I try to be very complete.”

Despite the mostly dominant win, Asker said he’s not interested in a quick turnaround. With three fights under his belt since January, Asker would like to get some time off before booking his next fight.

“It’s my third fight in one year, so I’m pretty tired,” Asker said. “I’m really, really tired. I need to take rest. I need to take a few months. I need to go home and take my time. I have a job. I work – I have my own business in France. I sell cars. I work, I run my house, I fight. I need to take rest.”

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: Cyril Asker chokes out Hu Yaozong in second round

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Cyril Asker took Hu Yaozong early and often, and eventually he made it count.

After taking the back of Yaozong (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) early in the second round, Asker (9-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) flattened him out and punched until Yaozong rolled and gave up his neck, at which point Asker locked up the choke and squeezed for the tap, which came at the 2:33 mark of Round 2.

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

Asker had no trouble taking Yaozong down, and it was an advantage he didn’t hesitate to exploit. After putting Yaozong down in the fight’s opening seconds, Asker needed only to shrug off a guillotine attempt early in the first round in order to continue his dominance on the mat throughout the first frame.

Asker got right back to work in the second, and this time he managed to take Yaozong’s back, flatten him out, and batter him with punches from the back until Yaozong had little choice but to roll and give up the choke in the process.

Once he did that, Asker wasted no time locking on the choke and forcing the submission midway through the round.

The victory gets Asker back in the win column for the first time since a TKO loss to Walt Harris in June. Yaozong’s loss is the first of his young career.

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

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

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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8th Chinese fighter added to UFC-Shanghai again completes 12-bout lineup

A late heavyweight addition to this week’s UFC Fight Night 122 lineup means a record eight Chinese fighters will appear on the card.

MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials the addition of newcomer Hu Yaozong (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) against Cyril Asker (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in the opening contest of Saturday’s card, which takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

The card marks the UFC’s debut event in mainland China.

Asker was initially expected to face James Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who was pulled from the event due to a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.

Asker, a 31-year-old Frenchman, looks to rebound from a 104-second TKO loss to Walt Harris at UFC Fight Night 111 in June. A fight prior, he scored his first UFC victory by knocking out Dmitry Smoliakov in the first round.

Meanwhile, Yaozong makes his UFC debut in just his fourth professional contest. The Chinese fighter turned pro in October 2016 and has quickly rattled off three stoppage wins to open his career.

With the addition, UFC Fight Night 122 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 Night, 3:45 a.m. ET)

  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Bobby Nash vs. Kenan Song
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Bharat Khandare vs. Pingyuan Liu
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Wuliji Buren vs. Rolando Dy
  • Cyril Asker vs. Hu Yaozong

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

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