UFC Fight Night 122: Michael Bisping vs. Gastelum
After beforehand contesting three occasions in Macau (a Particular administrative area of China) since 2012, the occasion will mark the primary that the promotion will maintain on Mainland China.
A middleweight bout between former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and The Final Fighter: Workforce Jones vs. Workforce Sonnen middleweight winner Kelvin Gastelum was anticipated to function the primary occasion. The pairing was beforehand scheduled to fulfill in June 2017 at UFC 212. Nonetheless, Gastelum was pulled from the bout after he examined constructive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Carboxy-THC) which is a metabolite of marijuana or cannabis above the 180 ng/mL allowance by the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) customary. In flip, regardless of having two months to safe an opponent, Silva and promotion officers confirmed on Could 11 that he wouldn’t compete at that occasion.
On November 10, it was introduced that Silva had failed an out of competitors drug check stemming from a pattern collected on October 26 and in consequence had been pulled from the cardboard. A day later, former middleweight champion and The Final Fighter three mild heavyweight winner Michael Bisping was secured as a substitute opponent for Gastelum. Bisping had fought 21 days previous to this occasion at UFC 217, the place he misplaced the championship to former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre. Bisping was serving a medical suspension issued by NYSAC, however as China is not below the purview of the Affiliation of Boxing Commissions, he was allowed to battle.
On November 18, it was introduced that James Mulheron had failed an out-of-competition drug check stemming from sampled collected on November 10 and in consequence he was pulled from the cardboard. His scheduled opponent, Cyril Asker, remained on the cardboard and confronted promotional newcomer Yaozong Hu.
A pair of promotional newcomers, Liu Pingyuan and Bharat Khandare had been anticipated to face one another on the occasion. Nonetheless, Pingyuan pulled out in November and was changed by fellow newcomer Yadong Track.
On the weigh ins, Rolando Dy weighed in at 148 kilos, 2 kilos over the featherweight higher restrict of 146 kilos. As such, the bout was held at a catchweight and Dy forfeited 20% of his purse to Wuliji Buren.