Fight Night 122: Gastelum KOs Bisping in Round 1

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Kelvin Gastelum knocked out former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 122 headline fight in Shanghai.

Bisping, paying the price for deciding to return to the ring just three weeks after losing his title to Georges St-Pierre, lasted just 2:30 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday before Gastelum dropped him to the floor.

Waiting for the perfect opportunity, the American softened up his opponent with a two-punch combination before following it up with a powerful left hook that knocked Bisping out where he stood.

A few follow-up punches to a prone Bisping was all Gastelum needed to secure the victory – his sixth in seven outings.

In his post fight interview, Gastelum offered to fight Robert Whittaker, who is looking for an opponent in February of 2018.

As for Bisping, who only entered the fight as a late replacement for Anderson Silva, it’s not clear what his next move will be after a second loss in less than a month.

Li v Ottow

In other main card results, it was also a first-round knock-out victory for China’s Jingliang Li over Zak Ottow in the welterweight co-main event.

Ottow succumbed to Li’s flurry of blows about 2:57 into the first round, after being floored with a straight right.

Wang v Caceres

Another local fighter, Guan Wang, secured his fifth straight win with a split decision result against Alex Caceres at the end of their three-round featherweight fight.

It was a well deserved win for Wang, who had Caceres reeling on multiple occasions during the opening round – first with an elbow strike and then with a powerful left.

Garcia v Salikhov

Muslim Salikhov’s much hyped UFC debut did not go according to plan, as Alex Garcia submitted the Russian with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their welterweight clash.

Salikhov was forced to concede defeat 3:22 into Round 2.