Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum official for UFC's Shanghai debut main event

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A fight that was supposed to happen a couple times already now is official to headline the UFC’s visit to Shanghai this fall.

Former UFC middleweight champion and all-time great Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) will take on Kelvin Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the headliner of the UFC’s debut in mainland China, set to take place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Nov. 25. UFC officials confirmed the previously reported fight overnight.

Kelvin Gastelum

The pair originally was set to meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, but Gastelum had to be pulled from the bout after testing positive for marijuana metabolites in a test stemming from a previous bout with Vitor Belfort. A suitable replacement couldn’t be found for Silva, who ended up off the card altogether.

Gastelum then suggested a meeting in Long Island, New York, at UFC on FOX 25 less than a month ago. Gastelum got a spot on the show, but fought another ex-champ – Chris Weidman. Gastelum suffered a third-round submission, which was his first loss since a split-decision setback to Neil Magny in 2015.

The fight will be Silva’s first appearance since February, when a close decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 snapped a four-fight losing skid. Silva had a decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 later overturned after both fighters failed doping tests, and his two fights before that were title-fight losses to Chris Weidman. His win over Brunson was his first victory since October 2012 against Stephan Bonnar.

Before his title-costing loss to Weidman, however, the record-breaking former champion was on a 17-fight victorious run. Silva still is widely considered one of the best to ever grace the cage.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Shanghai, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC makes mainland China debut with Shanghai event on Nov. 25

The UFC is set for its long-awaited debut in mainland China.

An event, likely to be a UFC Fight Night offering, is scheduled for Nov. 25, officials announced during Saturday’s UFC 214 broadcast.

The show takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, the world’s largest city with a population of more than 24 million.

Broadcast plans, as well as potential matchups, weren’t announced for the card. However, the fight card will start fill in the coming months, and it’s likely to be heavy on Asian talent. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1.

“We are always asked when the UFC will be making its debut in mainland China,” UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content Joe Carr stated. “We are honored to confirm that Shanghai will be the home of the very first live UFC event in mainland China, and to say that we are excited is an understatement. The entire organization is looking forward to making history this year.”

The UFC has long wanted to break into the China market. However, to date, the closest the UFC has gotten is Macau, a special administrative region of China that’s hosted three events since 2012.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Shanghai, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie