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Bisping: Short-notice fight against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai ‘win-win’ situation

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Michael Bisping has long been one of the more outspoken voices when it comes to the black eye performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) have given the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).

So you know “The Count” would have something to say regarding Anderson Silva’s latest failed drug test, which forced him out his his fight against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25, 2017 in Shanghai, China, and paved the way for the brash Brit to take his place

To hear the ex-champion tell it, “The Spider” has completely destroyed his legacy after pissing hot once again.

But that’s his problem, not Bisping’s, who will look to exorcise his demons on just three week’s notice against Gastelum after losing his 185-pound title to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017 in New York City.

“I didn’t feel like I performed to the best of my ability last week, so that’s why I was keen to get back in there so quickly,” said Michael on a recent conference call, while declaring that taking the bout against Gastleum is a win-win situation for him on many fronts.

“I don’t see how I could have turned this down. I honestly think this is a win-win situation for me,” he added. “I get to go out there, get back in the win column again, hopefully, get to put on a great fight, remind the world what I’m capable of and I get paid again, so it’s all positives from my perspective.”

He’s not wrong.

Still, Bisping is adamant he isn’t taking the bout lightly and is putting all of his efforts in trying to get back into the win column after coughing up his strap. But win, lose, or draw, “The Count” won’t be retiring just yet, as he has his eyes set on performing his Swan song in March when the promotion touches down on his home turf in London.

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