You had to get up at 3:45 AM EST if you want to watch the first fight on mainland China. The early card which was called UFC Shanghai featured the return of UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, against former Ultimate Fighter winner, Kelvin Gastelum. The card also featured many Chinese fighters and a slew of UFC veterans.
Here are the results.
Michael Bisping vs Kelvin Gastelum
Michael Bisping made an unprecedented three-week turn round after losing his UFC middleweight title to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 217. The Englishman fought against rising star Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of the evening.
Gastelum came out very aggressive winging a left hand at Bisping. Bisping stayed light on his feet and countered with some nice 1-2 combinations. The fight seemed to be going well in the very early going of the fight until Gastelum dodged an overextended right hand from Bisping. After Gastelum got out of the way, he caught Bisping a shot right hand and corked a left hand that sent Bisping fallen to the ground, unconscious. Kelvin Gastelum beats Michael Bisping by 1st round KO.
During the post-fight interviews, Gastelum offered to fight Robert Whittaker in Australia for his next fight while Bisping confirmed that he would fight at least one more fight.
Li Jingliang vs Zak Ottow
Li Jingliang entered the octagon as the most popular fighter in China. The hometown fighter squared off against Zak Ottow. Ottow tried to pot shot from the outside but was countered several times by Jingliang combinations. Jingliang would land a thunderous right hand that dropped Ottow. Ottow would roll and attempt to cover up, but Jingliang continued to batter the grounded fighter, while the crowd roared. The referee saw enough and pulled Jingliang off Ottow. Li Jingliang beat Zak Ottow by 1st round TKO.
Jingliang would jump into the crowd and celebrate the victory with his family.
Alex Caceres vs Guan Wang
Alex Caceres faced off against China’s own, Guan Wang. Caceres was very active in the fight, but it was Wang that hurt him with the big shots. Wang landed a hard elbow that rocked Caceres early in the first round. Once Caceres recovered and started to find his range, Wang flattened Caceres with a right hand. With just seconds left in the Wang unloaded a series of big shots on the very hurt Caceres. The bell rang and saved Caceras. As Caceres tried to get back to his corner, he stumbled around and had to be held up by the referee.
Caceres recovered and landed kicks and knees (three of them that landed on Wang’s groin. However, Wang kept sitting on his punches and hurt Caceres several more times. He would drop Caceres against in the third round. Caceres showed a good chin and tons of heart by being able to reach it to the end of the fight, however, the judges ruled the fight in favor of Wang. Guan Wang beats Alex Caceres by split decision (29-28, 29-28, and 29-28)
Alex Garcia vs Muslim Salikhov
Muslim Salikhov, a fighter out of Russia, made his UFC debut with tons of hype. He came in as the favorite over longtime UFC veteran, Alex Garcia. Garcia proofed those that set the gambling offs wrong. Garcia landed takedowns in the first and second round. Salikhov would work back to his feet but was unable to land anything significant. Once Garcia got a takedown in the second round, he would start to land some ground and pound while Salikhov was pressed against the cage. Once the debuting fighter gave up his back, Alex Garcia locked in a rear naked choke until the Russian fighter tapped out. Alex Garcia beats Muslim Salikhov by 2nd round submission
- Zabit Magomedsharipov beats Sheymon Moraes by 3rd round submission (D’Arce choke)
- Song Kenan beats Bobby Nash by 1st round TKO
- Yan Xiaonan beats Kailin Curran by unanimous decision (30-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Song Yadong beats Bharat Kandare by 1st round submission (Front Choke)
- Shamil Abdurakhimov beats Chase Sherman by 1st round TKO
- Gina Mazany beats Wu Yanan by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, and 30-27)
- Rolando Dy beats Wuliji Buren by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, and 29-28)
- Cyril Asker beats Hu Yaozong by 2nd round submission (Rear Naked Choke)