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UFC Fight Night 122

UFC Fight Night 122: Kelvin Gastelum scores first round TKO over Michael Bisping

Kelvin Gastelum (14-3-0) used a devastating left hook counter to knock out Michael Bisping (30-9-0) and take a first round TKO victory in the main event of UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, China.

Both fighters mixed up strikes and kicks early, trying to feint the other into an opening volley, but it was Gastelum who connected, forcing referee Marc Goddard to halt the bout at 2:30.

The finish was Bisping’s second in his last three fights, but afterwards in the post-fight press conference, he reiterated his intentions to retire in March 2018 at a planned London fight.

Gastelum, Li Jingliang, Zabit Magomedsharipov, and Song Yadong earned performance of the night bonuses totalling $50,000 USD apiece.

In case you missed the prelims:

CYRIL ASKER DEF. HU YAOZONG VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 2:33

ROLANDO DY DEF. WULIJI BUREN VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

GINA MAZANY DEF. WU YANAN (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV DEF. CHASE SHERMAN VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 1:24

SONG YADONG DEF. BHARAT KANDARE VIA SUBMISSION (FRONT CHOKE) R1 4:16

YAN XIAONAN DEF. KALIN CURRAN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

SONG KENAN DEF. BOBBY NASH VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 0:15

ZABIT MAGOMEDSHARIPOV DEF. SHEYMON MORAES VIA SUBMISSION (ANACONDA CHOKE) R3 4:30

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

 

MUSLIM SALIKHOV VS. ALEX GARCIA

UFC Shanghai

WINNER: ALEX GARCIA VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 3:22

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX GARCIA VIA UD

Andrews: Garcia figured it out, got the fight to the ground and and the tap. Great win.

WANG GUAN VS. ALEX CACERES 

 

WINNER: WANG GUAN VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEX CACERES VIA UD

Andrews: Guan was the better fighter. Period. It seems like yesterday when Caceres was Guan. Now, he is struggling to keep up with the young guns.

LI JINGLIANG VS. ZAK OTTOW 

 

WINNER: LI JINGLIANG VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 2:57

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LI JINGLIANG VIA UD

Andrews: Great win for Li. He used the counterstrike well.

MAIN EVENT

#2 MICHAEL BISPING VS. #9 KELVIN GASTELUM

 

WINNER: KELVIN GASTELUM VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 2:30

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KELVIN GASTELUM VIA TKO

Andrews: Gastelum was more than prepared to counter Bisping’s striking. Great win.

@kenaiandrews UFC Fight Night 122: Kelvin Gastelum scores first round TKO over Michael Bisping

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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