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Michael Bisping explains his decision to take Kelvin Gastelum fight on short notice
On Sunday morning, it was announced that Manchester native Bisping would take on the Ultimate Fighter 13 in the main event of UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place in Shanghai, China on November 25.
Bisping, 38, stepped in for former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who was pulled from the card for a potential USADA violation.
The Brit’s decision’s to take the fight on short notice shocked many, mainly because of the fact he lost the middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre less than a fortnight ago.
For Bisping, the decision to step in and save the UFC’s debut card in Shanghai was an easy one. I cant see how I cannot take this fight, ‘The Count’ told FloCombat’s Damon Martin. Im serious because the homework is done.
“I’ve got no injuries, I like to fight and Ive got a bad taste in my mouth from my last performance. Thats whats bothering me.
The UFC head of legal, Hunter Campbell, he was checking Are you OK, are you OK? and physically Im fine. Mentally, Im very frustrated.
So this gives me a chance to exorcize my demons and get some decent mental space back. Physically, Im totally fine.
Mentally, Im pissed off. So for me its almost a gift from the gods. According to Bisping, landing a spot in his second main event in a month was entirely his own doing.
“To be honest, I dont see any negatives” Michael Bisping on his short notice fight against Kelvin Gastelum I text him saying I see that Gastelum needs an opponent and that I know a guy that fought last week that has no injuries, he continued.
He texts back interesting and I said very. Then he called me. “Obviously he was concerned that I had no injuries or anything like that.
I had to do some medical tests or whatever and when he was satisfied, he was like Cool lets do it. He was over the moon.
He couldnt believe it.” Taking a fight short at short notice is always a risk, especially when it’s against one of the best fighters on the planet.
Bisping disagrees with that notion and is hoping victory his second fight of the year can set up him for his swansong in March. To be honest, I dont see any negatives.
I dont see any drawbacks, he said. I want to go out there and I want to get in the win column.
“Of course, thats not a guarantee. Its a tough fight, but I feel I can go out there and perform better than I did last week.
Thats whats important to me.” Hopefully I can go out in a couple of weeks and get back in the win column so I can sleep well at night.
Plus I can stick a few more dollars in the bank account and then Ill have my final fight in London in March..