The UFC makes its mainland China debut Saturday when UFC Shanghai takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The main event will have former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-8) taking on former ‘”Ultimate Fighter” winner Kelvin Gastelum (13-3).
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UFC Fight Night is typically a one-fight card with Asian fighters and younger talent. But anytime you can see Bisping compete in the octagon, it is a must-watch fight. Add in the always-exciting Gastelum, and this should be one of the better UFC events of 2017.
Here is everything you need to know about Bisping vs. Gastelum at UFC Fight Night (all times Eastern).
UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum date, time
The first preliminary fight is available for UFC.com’s Fight Pass members beginning at 3:45 a.m. ET. Main-card coverage begins at 7 a.m. Bisping and Gastelum should enter the octagon at around 8:30 on Saturday morning.
UFC Fight Night price, live stream
The entire UFC Fight Night card can be purchased for $9.99 on UFC Fight Pass. For more information on how to order UFC Fight Night, go to UFC.tv.
UFC Fight Night card
– Michael Bisping vs. Kelvin Gastelum; Middleweight
– Li Jingliang vs. Zak Ottow; Welterweight
– Wang Guan vs. Alex Caceres; Featherweight
– Muslim Salikhov vs. Alex Garcia; Welterweight
– Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes; Featherweight
– Kenan Song vs. Bobby Nash; Welterweight
– Kailin Curran vs. Yan Xiaonan; Women’s Strawweight
– Pingyuan Liu vs. Bharat Khandare; Bantamweight
– Chase Sherman vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov; Heavyweight
– Yanan Wu vs. Gina Mazany; Women’s Bantamweight
– Wuliji Buren vs. Rolando Dy; Featherweight
– Cyril Asker vs. Yaozong Hu; Heavyweight
UFC Fight Night preview
Originally, Kelvin Gastelum was scheduled to battle Anderson Silva. It had been set to be the biggest fight in the career of the 26-year-old Gastelum. Then, in a stunning turn on Nov. 10, the UFC revealed Silva failed a drug test and was pulled from the show. Looking for a new main event on short notice, Michael Bisping called Dana White and told him he wanted to fight Gastelum and the UFC president obliged.
Having Bisping in the contest was shocking considering he had just lost the middleweight belt against Georges St-Pierre by third-round submission at UFC 217 on Nov. 4. The move caught the MMA world by surprise because Bisping would be going only three weeks between fights.
Bisping said he took the Gastelum fight because he’s been depressed after the loss and felt the best way to recover was to get back in the octagon.
Gastelum goes from facing an all-time great to facing a former world champion and one of the major superstars in the sport in what will be the biggest bout of his career. Since being forced to move up to 185 pounds after continuously missing welterweight, Gastelum has gone 2-1-1. Things didn’t go Gastelum’s way in his last fight, losing to former middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox 25 in July.
Now, Bisping and Gastelum are both in need of wins. For Bisping, it is to gain some momentum heading into what he claims will be his final fight in March in London. For Gastelum, it is a chance to show he can hang with an upper-echelon fighter at 185 pounds.
Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News. You can listen to his podcast, “The Fight Junkies” here. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and can find him on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA .