Watch Michael Bisping’s most polished performance to date as he enters the final stages before facing off against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai this weekend.
Michael Bisping’s heroic decision to replace Anderson Silva in the main event of this weekend’s UFC Shanghai was a decision that was met with near-unanimous praise. Three short weeks removed since he lost to the returning-Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, ‘the Count’ opted to cut his holiday short by taking on a short-notice fight with Kelvin Gastelum – who had been pegged to face the former middleweight champion Silva in the night’s main attraction.
Bisping was one of only a few people whose status and star-power were sufficient enough to save the show and though he stands among a very small number of fighters who would be willing to take such a risk, the rewards that would come with winning after such a quick turnaround would elevate Bisping’s year by an immeasurable amount.
Of course, in Gastelum, he faces off against a very credible threat but even on the merit of taking the fight alone he has done wonders in the way of earning himself a legion of new fans and building on the love he received after what turned out to be a very spirited attempt against the now-reigning middleweight champion GSP.
With yet another huge contest just around the corner for the Englishman, take a look at his most polished performance to date – his dominant victory over the former Strikeforce champion Cung Le, a win that displayed him at his very best, something that saw him come away with a beautiful 4th round finish.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena