Comparing the careers of Bisping and Gastelum before UFC Fight Night 122
By Joel Croichy
Saturday, UFC will host their first event in China with UFC Fight Night 122: “Bisping vs. Gastelum”. Headlining this card will be former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael “The Count” Bisping as he clashes with TUF season 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum. Before this middleweight five-round contest goes down, it's important to provide an overview of the two MMA competitors while highlighting their accomplishments inside the fight game.
Michael Bisping (30-8)
This upcoming main event bout will be Bisping’s twenty-ninth UFC bout, making him the UFC fighter with the most octagon appearances in their history. He is a four-time MMA champion capturing gold at organizations such as Cage Rage, Cage Warriors, FX3, and most recently the UFC. This MMA veteran made his professional debut back at Pride & Glory 2: Battle of the Ages in April 2004 where he secured a first-round armbar submission victory over Steve Mathews. Before stepping into the octagon, he complied ten straight wins without tasting defeat. While on this ten fight-winning streak, Bisping impressively won three titles from three different companies.
In June 2006, Bisping became the The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 3 winner after picking up a TKO win over former MMA competitor Josh “Bring The Pain” Haynes. Since then, Bisping has collectively competed in more than twenty main and co-main events on a UFC card. During his decade run in the organization, Bisping has scored key victories over elite competitors and former titleholders like Cung Le, Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva, and Luke Rockhold. At UFC Fight Night 122, Bisping will make his fourteenth UFC main-event appearance and twenty-fourth middleweight bout, setting a record of having the most fights in the division.
Kelvin Gastelum (13-3)
TUF season 17 winner and top ten UFC middleweight competitor, Gastelum will make his fourth appearance in a UFC main event. Gastelum is an MMA fighter who has incredible grappling skills along with serious knockout power in his hands. Out of his thirteen-professional wins, he gathered five of them by way of knockout and four via submission. Gastelum entered the UFC riding a five-fight winning streak and then successfully extended it to ten picking up wins over Uriah Hall, Rick Story, and Jake Ellenberger among others. During his four-year run in the organization, he also scored key victories against former UFC and Strikeforce titleholders, Nate Marquardt, Johny Hendricks, and Tim Kennedy.
After coming off a title loss to George St-Pierre three weeks ago, Bisping will look to score a big win over Gastelum who’s also coming off a loss in his last outing. This main event will go down at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China and it has all the ingredients of being an instant classic.