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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James Mulheron pulled from UFC-Shanghai opener due to potential USADA violation

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James Mulheron has failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation.

Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) also has been pulled from next week’s UFC Fight Night 122 event, where he was slated to open the card in a bout against fellow heavyweight Cyril Asker (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Officials announced the news on Friday.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass. A replacement search is underway so Asker can remain on the card, according to the announcement.

Mulheron, a 29-year-old Englishman who suffered a decision loss to Justin Willis in his July promotional debut, failed a test that was the result of an out-of-competition sample collected on Nov. 10.

From USADA:

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Mulheron. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Mulheron’s social-media accounts have been quiet since the announcement of his UFC-Shanghai fight cancellation.

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

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New bouts official for UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai

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The UFC’s debut event in mainland China has a few new official fight-card additions.

Officials recently announced heavyweights Cyril Asker (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. James Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and welterweights Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 122 which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the full lineup hasn’t been finalized.

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 after knocking out Dmitry Smoliakov in the first round. The former EFC champion now meets Mulheron, a 29-year-old Englishman and longtime M4tC champion who recently made his UFC and suffered a decision loss to Justin Willis, which sapped a four-fight winning streak.

Garcia, meanwhile, recently suffered a decision defeat to Tim Means. A fight prior, the 30-year-old Dominican fighter scored his first fight-night bonus with a thunderous first-round knockout of Mike Pyle. He now meets Salikhov, a 33-year-old Russian who makes his UFC debut on the strength of a 10-fight winning streak that includes nine consecutive stoppage victories.

The latest UFC Fight Night 122 lineup now includes:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu
  • Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chase Sherman
  • Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
  • Cyril Asker vs. James Mulheron
  • Alex Garcia vs. Muslim Salikhov
  • Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow
  • Alex Caceres vs. Wang Guan

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

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UFC Fight Night 113 results: Justin Willis outworks fellow newcomer James Mulheron

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With his quick left hand and his opportunistic approach to wrestling, Justin Willis snatched a win over the hard-charging James Mulheron.

But what Willis (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) couldn’t do was put Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) away, settling instead for a unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-27 across the board.

The heavyweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The two stocky heavyweights wasted little time meeting each other in the center of the cage and trading blows, but it was the quicker Willis who seemed to get the better of the exchanges right away. His counter left hand came from all angles, hammering Mulheron throughout the fight, but never really hurting the hard-headed Mulheron at any point in the fight.

What did seem to wear on Mulheron was Willis’ grappling. His takedown attempts were relatively few, but when Mulheron provided openings off some of his more optimistic striking attacks, Willis seized the opportunity to take him down and put his weight to work on top of Mulheron.

With Mulheron always a step or two behind in the striking exchanges and unable to even the score with his grappling, he had to settle for being constantly in Willis’ face, a strategy that resulted in him eating several hard shots on his way in.

While Mulheron was more than capable of taking that punishment, he wasn’t quite slick enough to deliver much of his own, leaving all three judges to turn in a clean sweep of the scorecards for Willis.

“I think that the first-fight jitters in the UFC is a real thing,” Willis said. “I had to come in here, compose myself and get that ‘W.’ The guy was ready to go and he took a lot of left hands. I’m very, very surprised that he took that many left hands. I dominated every single minute, except there were about 30 seconds where he had me against the cage, but I snapped out of it and I took him down. Now that those jitters are out of the way, it’s time to take on anybody.”

The victory in his UFC debut gives Willis a five-fight winning streak overall in his career. Mulheron’s loss snaps a four-fight winning streak of his own.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 113 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Glasgow.)

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UFC Fight Night 113 staff picks: Gunnar Nelson 1 of 2 unanimous picks in Scotland

Nelson
vs.
Ponzinibbio
Calderwood
vs.
Calvillo
Felder
vs.
Ray
Janes
vs.
Marshman
Craig
vs.
Rountree
Mulheron
vs.
Willis
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 66-49
gnelson2017
Nelson
(87%)
calvillo2017
Calvillo
(50.1%)
felder2017
Felder
(54%)
marshman2017
Marshman
(74%)
pcraig2017
Craig
(60%)
mulheron2017
Mulheron
(64%)
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 75-40
gnelson2017
Nelson
calderwood2017
Calderwood
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
mulheron2017
Mulheron
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 73-42
gnelson2017
Nelson
calderwood2017
Calderwood
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 71-44
trophy copy 2015 Champion
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
felder2017
Felder
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 69-46
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
felder2017
Felder
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 69-46
trophy copy 2016 Champion
gnelson2017
Nelson
calderwood2017
Calderwood
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
justinwillis2017
Willis
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 69-46
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
justinwillis2017
Willis
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 67-48
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
justinwillis2017
Willis
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 59-46
trophy copy 2014 Champion
gnelson2017
Nelson
calderwood2017
Calderwood
felder2017
Felder
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
justinwillis2017
Willis
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 64-51
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 62-53
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis

The UFC is back in Scotland for a rare Sunday show this week.

UFC Fight Night 113 takes place Sunday at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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

In the main event, Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) takes on Brazilian Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a welterweight bout. Nelson is just a mild favorite at around -160, but he is a unanimous pick from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-main event, Scotland’s own Joanne Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) meets unbeaten Team Alpha Male product Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in a women’s strawweight fight. Calvillo is more than a 2-1 favorite, but she only has a 6-4 edge in the picks.

Also on the main card, Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) takes on Stevie Ray (21-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at lightweight. Ray will be fighting in front of his home Scotland crowd and is a 7-3 pick from our staff members. Jack Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) joins Nelson as the other unanimous pick on the card for his middleweight fight against Ryan Janes (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).

It’s a dead-even 5-5 split between Paul Craig (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Khalil Rountree (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in their light heavyweight bout. And despite being the underdog, Justin Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has a 9-1 edge in the picks against fellow UFC heavyweight newcomer James Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Nelson, Calvillo, Felder, Marshman, Craig and Mulheron are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland

We want your predictions for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 event in Scotland.

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 113 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 113 takes place July 16, a Sunday, at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Records: Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC), Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC)
Past five: Nelson 3-2, Ponzinibbio 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Nelson honorable mention
Odds (as of 7/10/17): Nelson -200, Ponzinibbio +160

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Joanne Calderwood vs. Cynthia Calvillo

Records: Joanne Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Calderwood 3-2, Calvillo 5-0
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Calderwood No. 12
Odds (as of 7/10/17): N/A

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Paul Felder vs. Stevie Ray

Records: Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), Stevie Ray (21-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC)
Past five: Felder 3-2, Ray 4-1
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/10/17): N/A

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Ryan Janes vs. Jack Marshman

Records: Ryan Janes (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Jack Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Past five: Janes 4-1, Marshman 4-1
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/10/17): N/A

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Paul Craig vs. Khalil Rountree

Records: Paul Craig (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Khalil Rountree (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Past five: Craig 4-1, Rountree 3-2
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/10/17): N/A

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James Mulheron vs. Justin Willis

Records: James Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Justin Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Mulheron 4-1, Willis 4-1
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/10/17): N/A

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For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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