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‘Pissed off’ Michael Bisping opens as betting underdog against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai

MMA: UFC 217-Bisping vs St-Pierre Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, is haunted by his submission loss to Georges St-Pierre, which took place in the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) main event back on Nov. 4 in New York City.

Something “Rush” is all-too-familiar with.

But unlike St-Pierre, who needed four months to punch his way back into the win column, “The Count” can get there in as little as three weeks (assuming he can secure a doctor’s note), thanks to his role as last-minute replacement against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122.

Bisping talks to FloCombat:

"I can't see how I cannot take this fight. I'm serious because the homework is done. I've got no injuries, I like to fight and I've got a bad taste in my mouth from my last performance. That's what's bothering me. So this gives me a chance to exorcize my demons and get some decent mental space back. Physically, I'm totally fine. Mentally, I'm pissed off. So for me it's almost a gift from the gods. Plus I can stick a few more dollars in the bank account and then I'll have my final fight in London in March."

Bisping opened as the +120 underdog to Gastelum’s -161, according to Best Fight Odds.

Gastelum’s original opponent, Anderson Silva, was pulled from the UFC Fight Pass event, scheduled for Nov. 25, 2017 in Shanghai, China, after failing an out-of-competition drug test back on Oct. 26.

Is normal.

“The Count” is expected to call it a career after his UFC retirement bout next March in London.