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Michael Bisping to replace Anderson Silva at UFC Shanghai


The UFC has found a replacement for Anderson Silva ahead of their show in Shanghai, and it's a rather unexpected one.

After Silva was pulled from his scheduled main event against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, China due to being flagged for a potential USADA violation, finding a suitable opponent to step in on short notice looked to be a daunting task, but Michael Bisping appears to have stepped up to the challenge.

Bisping, who just lost the middleweight championship to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 last Saturday, is getting right back to action after agreeing to face Gastelum. The bout was first reported by Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting.

Bisping claimed to not have suffered much damage despite being choked out by St-Pierre in their fight, and he'll now begin his path towards getting a rematch by taking on Gastelum, who is looking to rebound from a submission loss himself after facing Chris Weidman in July. The UFC is expected to officially announce Bisping vs. Gastelum shortly, perhaps on tonight's UFC Fight Night 120 broadcast.

UFC Fight Night 122 will air exclusively on Fight Pass on November 25th and will mark the company's first trip to mainland China.