Michael Bisping and Kelvin Gastelum battled it out on Nov. 25, Saturday, at “UFC Fight Night 122: Bisping vs Gastelum” at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. With Marc Goddard as the referee, the middleweight bout lasted only for one round.
Before facing Gastelum, Bisping lost to Georges St-Pierre. On Nov. 4, Bisping lost the UFC Middleweight Champion belt to St-Pierre, who had come out of a four-year hiatus, via technical submission via rear-naked choke at 4:23 of Round 3 at “UFC 217: Bisping vs St-Pierre.”
At “UFC Fight Night 122: Bisping vs Gastelum,” Bisping lost to Gastelum via knockout via punches at 2:30 of Round 1. It reduced Bisping’s record to 30 wins and 9 losses.
On the other hand, Gastelum now has 14 wins and 3 losses. Before defeating Bisping, Gastelum lost to Chris Weidman at “UFC on Fox 25: Weidman vs Gastelum” on July 22 via arm-triangle choke submission at 3:45 of Round 3.
On March 11, Gastelum was set to face Vitor Belfort at “UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs Gastelum.” However, it was declared a No Contest because Gastelum failed a drug test for marijuana, which resulted to his 90-day suspension and a 20 percent fine issued by the Brazilian MMA Sports Court (STJDMMA).
The last opponent Gastelum defeated before Bisping was Kennedy. Gastelum won via technical knockout via punches at 2:45 of Round 3 against Kennedy at “UFC 206: Holloway vs Pettis” on Dec. 10, 2016.
Aside from Weidman, Neil Magny and Tyron Woodley are the only opponents Gastelum failed to defeated. Before Kennedy and Bisping, the opponents Gastelum defeated were Jose Sanchez, Yair Moguel, Mike Gentile, Bill Smallwood, Mike Ashford, Uriah Hall, Brian Melancon, Rick Story, Nicholas Musoke, Jake Ellengerger, Nate Marquandt and Johny Hendricks.