Michael Bisping was choked out, then knocked out within the span of three weeks — but don’t worry — he’ll be back in action in time for his retirement fight at the UFC London event next March.
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The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion was suspended 60 days, according to mixedmartialarts.com, in the wake of his UFC Shanghai main event against Kelvin Gastelum, who drew a seven-day timeout.
“The Count” was previously benched 30 days in the wake of his submission loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217, but managed to get early clearance in time to replace the (provisionally) suspended Anderson Silva.
All fighters competing at UFC Fight Night 122, which took place last Saturday (Nov. 25, 2017) inside Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, were hit with a mandatory suspension of seven days, but select fighters were sat even longer.
Michael Bisping: 60 days due to KO, with 45 days no contact
Zak Ottow 180 days or R Hand Ortho clearance with 30 days minimum and 21 days No Contact
Alex Caceres: 45 days due to R Eyelid Laceration and 30 days No Contact
Sheymon Moraes: 30 days and 21 days no contact due to hard bout
Bobby Nash: 45 days and 30 days No Contact due to TKO
Kailin Curran: 30 days and 21 days No Contact due to hard bout
Yan Xiaonan: 45 days due to Lip Laceration and 30 days No Contact
Song Yadong: 180 days or R Foot Ortho clearance and 30 minimum and 21 days No Contact
Bharat Kandare: 30 days and 21 days no contact due to hard bout
Chase Sherman: 45 days and 30 days No Contact due to TKO
Shamil Abdurakhimov: 180 days or L Thumb Ortho Clr, 30 days minimum and 21 days No Contact
Wu Yanan: 30 days and 21 days No Contact
Gina Mazany: 180 days or L Toe X-Ray and 30 days minimum and 21 days No Contact
Wuliji Buren: 30 days and 21 days No Contact due to hard bout
Hu Yaozong: 30 days and 21 days No Contact due to hard bout
The promotion received heavy criticism for letting Bisping back into the cage. While “The Count” was the fighter pushing for a quick return, critics remain adamant that UFC is obligated to protect fighters from themselves.
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