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UFC Legend Michael Bisping Replaces Anderson Silva

UFC FIGHT NIGHT® SHANGHAI: BISPING vs. GASTELUM presented by General Tire is slated for November 25, 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena

SHANGHAI, CHINA – UFC®, the world’s premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization, announced that the number 2-ranked UFC contender Michael Bisping (31-8, fighting out of Manchester, England) is confirmed to replace Anderson Silva, who has been removed from the Shanghai event following a potential  USADA anti-doping policy violation. UFC FIGHT NIGHT® SHANGHAI: BISPING vs. GASTELUM presented by General Tire takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai on November 25, 2017.

The historic event will be available LIVE and on-demand on UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital subscription channel. Fans are encouraged to visit to register for a 7-day free trial.

One of the most accomplished athletes in the UFC, Bisping tied for the most victories in UFC history, racking up 20 Octagon® wins during his long and successful MMA career. Ranked second in the middleweight division and has only recently lost the title to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, Bisping will be looking to make a statement as he returns to China to prove that he is one of the all-time greats and get back on track for title contention.  A fan favorite, Bisping is a must-watch, and MMA fans in Shanghai and all over the world are in for a thrilling event as the legend meets No. 8-ranked middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (14-3, 1 NC, fighting out of Yuma, Arizona, US) in the Octagon for the very first time.  

Gastelum has already made a name for himself in the stacked middleweight division with victories over Tim Kennedy and Johny Hendricks. Like Bisping, Gastelum is a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, and now the 26-year-old is looking at this bout as the next step on his path to a title shot as he looks to take down the former champion.

In the co-main event, China’s elite MMA welterweight star Li Jingliang (13-4, fighting out of Beijing, China) squares off in a welterweight clash against Zak Ottow (15-4, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ).  Fighting in front of a home crowd and his China Top Team family is a dream come true for Li. With notable wins over Frank Camacho, Bobby Nash and Dhiego Lima, the 29-year old will be looking to showcase his striking and wrestling skills and prove why he is China’s most impressive MMA athlete today.  

UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BISPING vs. GASTELUM will also boast the following fights:

•    Featherweight prospect Alex Caceres (13-10-1NC, fighting out of Miami, Florida, USA) meets new Chinese UFC athlete  Wang “The Dongbei Tiger” Guan (18-1-1, fighting out of Dongbei, China)
•    “King of Kung Fu” Muslim Salikhov (12-1) meets Alex Garcia (14-4, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) in a welterweight battle
•    Russian Wushu-Sanda champion Zabit Magomedshapirov (12-1, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) takes on Sheymon Moraes (9-1) in a featherweight clash
•    A welterweight matchup pits another new UFC athlete from China, Kenan Song, against Bobby Nash (8-3, fighting out of Detroit, Michigan, USA)
•    In a women’s strawweight showdown Kailin Curran (4-5, fighting out of Ewa Beach, HI, USA) will meet UFC debutante Xiaonan Yan (7-1, 1 NC, fighting out of Liaoning, China)
•    In a clash of heavyweights Chase Sherman (11-3, fighting out of D’lberville, Mississippi, USA) faces Russia’s Shamil Abdurahimov (17-4, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia)
•    Women’s bantamweight prospects Yanan Wu (9-1, fighting out of Liaoning, China) and American Gina Mazany (4-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, NV, USA) square off at 135 pounds
•    Making his UFC featherweight debut Wuliji Buren (10-4, fighting out of China) meets striking expert Rolando Dy (8-6, 1 NC, fighting out of Paranaque City, Philippines)
•    In a heavyweight meeting, Cyril Asker (8-3, fighting out of Avignon, France) takes on James Mulheron (7-2, fighting out of Sunderland, England)

“With just two weeks to go, we are ready to bring our great fans on mainland China their first-ever UFC live event” UFC VP of Asia Pacific Kevin Chang said. “We are honored by the overwhelming response from fans and we look forward to giving them a night to remember”.

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