Wednesday 25 April 2018

Michael Bisping set for return to the Octagon just three weeks after losing middleweight title

Michael Bisping of England speaks to the media during the UFC 217 post fight press conference event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Michael Bisping of England speaks to the media during the UFC 217 post fight press conference event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Michael Bisping will return to the octagon to take on Kelvin Gastelum just three weeks after losing his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre.

Bisping's year-long reign at the top of the 185lb pile was ended last Saturday by the affable St-Pierre, who choked out the Briton in the third round of their contest at Madison Square Garden.

The 38-year-old Bisping scotched rumours of retiring following his eighth defeat in 38 bouts and will make a near immediate comeback in Shanghai on November 25.

He has agreed to take the fight on only two weeks' notice after Gastelum's initial opponent Anderson Silva, widely regarded as one of the UFC's greatest combatants, failed a drugs test.

Alongside a poster of himself and Gastelum (13-3), Bisping wrote on Instagram: "Why not."

Bisping became Britain's first UFC champion last year when he knocked out Luke Rockhold in their rematch, a fight he took on 17 days' notice after an injury to Chris Weidman.

He defended the belt with a decision victory over Dan Henderson before losing to St-Pierre, who returned from a four-year absence to stop Bisping and become only the fourth fighter to win UFC titles in two weight classes.

Gastelum is looking to get back to winning ways after losing by submission to Weidman in July.

Press Association

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport