Michael Bisping took a big risk when he stepped in late to fight then-champ Luke Rockhold, and the risk paid off with a knockout that put that belt around the waist of the Brit. But when you live by the sword you die by the sword, because when Bisping took this late-notice fight against Kelvin Gastelum – a mere 21 days after losing the middleweight championship to Georges St-Pierre – that knockout pendulum definitely swung the other way.
So yeah, the main event of UFC Fight Night 122: Bisping versus Gastelum. Gastelum is coming off a submission loss to Chris Weidman; ditto for Bisping against GSP, who also took a beating in that fight.
The bout commences with Bisping working his boxing, which has always been sharp, and in no time he’s countering Gastelum’s kicks to the body with a left that comes over the top and a desire to stand close enough so that left will have some mustard on it. But after eating a few of them, Gastelum says screw it and stands in range throwing leather as well – and eventually he catches Bisping with a left that sends him crashing to the canvas.
Please, Michael Bisping. Retire soon.
Results: Kelving Gastelum def. Michael Bisping via KO (Punch) at 2:30, R1