Bisping odds underdog in Gastelum fight

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UFC Fight Night 122 will take place on November 25th in China with Gastelum now facing former middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

There is no quit in Bisping.

"God bless Shanghai, I'm sure the people are very nice, but no", Bisping told Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour when asked if he was considering hanging up his gloves this month. "That's why I want to fight Kelvin, because I know I can do better than what I showed [at UFC 217]".

"There's a fight card on in London". [The doctor] kind of did tell me, it's nearly the equivalent of doing an ACL on a knee. But anyway, I can only thank him and all of you for the love and affection. Not because of fame or money, it's because I love to fight.

No details have yet been revealed as to the nature of this recent potential violation, but after being replace by Michael Bisping in the fight, Silva issued the following statement, indicating that he isn't prepared to let this latest incident end his career.

Bisping has been fighting in the UFC since winning the third season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series back in 2006.

And he's more than happy with how his career is winding down. I'm here to thank all my fans, especially my coaches and all the contributors for this long journey. "I guarantee you it's not gonna be 'GSP'". While Bisping stands a very low chance of retiring as champion now that he's lost the belt, he admits he's at peace with his decision to call it quits next spring.

'It's time to move on and do something else with my life and I'm not done yet, ' he said.

In the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), the concept of "ring rust" is frequently used, with fighters who have been out of the cage for an extended period of time often seen as being at risk of not performing to the best of their abilities.

"I was planning on my last fight being in March". I feel good, I'm in good shape, I've got no injuries, so why not?