Michael Bisping Opens as Underdog Against Kelvin Gastelum

Anderson Silva busted

Bisping, 38, is no stranger to last-minute fights, having won his middleweight title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in 2016 on just 17 days notice.

After Anderson Silva failed another USADA test it appeared Kelvin Gastelum was without an opponent for his bout in Shanghai. "I've always wanted my last fight to be in England", Bisping told Ariel Helwani on "The MMA Hour" Monday.

"Again, I have nothing against China, they are a lovely race of people". "I'm not really sure how long it's going to be".

It'll be a homecoming of sorts for Bisping, who was born in Manchester, England, and has his sights set on retiring after a fight in London in March.

The Brit put his name forward to replace Silva and, following a few medical checks, the fight was made. "I would love to be on that".

If Weidman can solve the injury problem before the New Year, he could line up a fight with Michael Bisping on his farewell tour as a potential precursor to another run at the title.

And Bisping insists he wants to prove he is a better fighter than the one that lost to GSP at Madison Square Garden.

Bisping has said in recent months that he doesn't intend to fight much longer, but then, prior to his November 4th bout with GSP, he said he had no imminent plans to close out his career.

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'm taking this fight just (because) you're only as good as your last fight, and last week's fight didn't go according to plan. I feel good, I'm in good shape, I've got no injuries, so why not?

'I was planning on my last fight being in March.

In this article, we'll seek to find evidence to back up that theory by recounting 10 examples of UFC stars who have gone against the grain and shown no sign of ring rust and excelled at the highest level after returning from particularly lengthy layoffs from the sport.

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