The UFC continues its International Tour with a stop at the Mercedez-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China for UFC Fight Night 122. The main event takes place in the middleweight division where Michael Bisping steps in for Anderson Silva on three weeks’ notice to take on Kelvin Gastelum.
Bisping steps back into the cage just three weeks after losing his UFC middleweight title to Georges-Pierre at UFC 217. Kelvin Gastelum will come into the fight looking to get back in the column after getting submitted by Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25.
The co-main event features China’s own Li Jingliang. He takes on Zak Ottow in a battle of welterweights. Jingliang comes into the fight riding a three fight win streak with his most recent win coming against Frank Camacho at UFC Fight Night 111. After dropping a split decision to Sergio Moraes at UFC Fight Night 100, Ottow returned at UFC Fight Night 110 where he won a split decision against Kiichi Kunimoto.
The main card also includes Wang Guan vs. Alex Caceres and Muslim Salikhov vs. Alex Garcia.
The early prelims will air on Fight Pass starting at 2:45 AM CT. Keep it on UFC Fight Pass for the main card starting at 6 AM CT.
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Here are the current odds and my predictions for each fight.
Note: The predictions in this column do not necessarily mean that I will be betting them. I have changed my mind in the past and gone the other way after conducting more research. For all of my official bets follow me on Twitter @FightChampBlog. You can also find all of my official MMA bets at betmmatips.com.
Michael Bisping (31-8) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (14-3, 1NC) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Gastelum -310; Bisping +250
Pick: Gastelum by TKO
Li Jingliang (13-4) vs. Zak Ottow (15-4) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Jingliang -175; Ottow +145
Pick: Jingliang by TKO
Wang Guan (16-1-1) vs. Alex Caceres (13-10, 1 NC) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Current Odds: Caceres -175; Guan +145
Pick: Guan by decision
Muslim Salikhov (12-1) vs. Alex Garcia (14-4) – Middleweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Salikhov -175; Garcia +145
Pick: Salikhov by TKO
Zabit Magomedsharipov (12-1) vs. Sheymon Moraes (9-1) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Current Odds: Magomedsharipov -475; Moraes +350
Pick: Magomedsharipov by TKO
Kenan Song (11-3) vs. Bobby Nash (8-3) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Nash -280; Song +220
Pick: Nash by TKO
Kailin Curran (4-5) vs. Xiaonan Yan (7-1, 1 NC) – Strawweight 115 lbs.
Current Odds: Yan -145; Curran +115
Pick: Yan by decision
Song Yadong (9-3, 2 NC) vs. Bharat Khandare (5-2) – Batamweight 135 lbs.
Current Odds: Yadong -140; Khandare +110
Pick: Khandare by TKO
Chase Sherman (11-3) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (17-4) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Abdurakhimov -140; Sherman +110
Pick: Abdurakhimov by decision
Yanan Wu (9-1) vs. Gina Mazany (4-1) – Bantamweight 135 lbs.
Current Odds: Mazany -150; Wu +120
Pick: Mazany by decision
Wuliji Buren (10-4) vs. Rolando Dy (8-6, 1 NC) – Featherweight 145 lbs.
Current Odds: Dy -165; Buren +135
Pick: Dy by decision
Cyril Asker (8-3) vs. Hu Yaozong (3-0) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Asker -250; Yaozong +200
Pick: Asker by TKO
Enjoy the fights!
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