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Yoel Romero reacts to Michael Bisping’s first-round KO loss to Kelvin Gastelum

Yoel Romero reacts to Michael Bisping’s first-round KO loss to Kelvin Gastelum

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping suffered his second stoppage loss in just three weeks at last weekend’s UFC event in Shanghai, China.

After being put to sleep by Georges St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 217 on November 4, “The Count” decided to make a quick turnaround and accepted a short-notice fight with Kelvin Gastelum for November 25.

Unfortunately for Bisping, his fight with Gastelum did not go as planned. Kelvin caught Michael with a massive left hand in the early moments of round one which sent Bisping crashing to the canvas. Gastelum would then proceed to unleash some brutal ground and pound which forced the referee to step in and stop the contest.

While many fighters applauded Bisping for taking the short notice fight with Gastelum, there were others who disagreed with the decision.

Recently retired ONE Championship welterweight title holder Ben Askren put the UFC on blast for allowing “a concussed” Bisping to make such a quick turnaround.

Most recently, Michael Bisping’s bitter rival Yoel Romero spoke with’s Chris Taylor where he criticized the bold move.

“You know, I think it is just so crazy. He came back just after just a couple of weeks. He got hurt badly in that fight with St-Pierre and ended up being put to sleep. Normally, the commission and doctors won’t allow a fighter to come back so soon after a fight like that. He came back after three weeks! That is just crazy I think.”

Romero was quick to point the finger at Bisping’s coaching staff who he believes should have advised “The Count” against making such a quick turnaround.

“Bisping’s team should have told him not to take that fight. For the sake of his family. He should have been thinking about his family. They (his team) should have told him not to fight and pointed at his family. The question really is why did his team allow him to fight. They should have said no. It is my humble opinion that he should have not come back so fast.”

Following his loss to Gastelum, Michael Bisping announced that he still plans to have one last fight when the promotion returns to London in March of 2018.

Do you think we will finally see a scrap between Yoel Romero and Michael Bisping this March?

Yoel Romero reacts to Michael Bisping’s first-round KO loss to Kelvin Gastelum

BREAKING! Kelvin Gastelum has a new opponent for UFC Shanghai

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Perennial UFC middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum has received a new opponent for UFC Shanghai.

Not even a full week after losing his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre via third-round stoppage, Michael “The Count” Bisping has agreed to fight Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Shanghai in just two weeks time. MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani just broke the news.

Gastelum was initially slated to fight former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva at the event. However, “The Spider” was recently flagged by USADA and pulled from the card by UFC officials.

UFC Shanghai takes place November 25 and airs exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.

Who do you think wins this exciting fight?

UFC 217 Results: Georges St-Pierre puts Michael Bisping to sleep! (VIDEO)

UFC 217 Results: Georges St-Pierre puts Michael Bisping to sleep! (VIDEO)

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

A middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre served as the main event of last night’s UFC 217 pay-per-view event in New York.

Round one begins and St-Pierre starts things off with a low kick. He lands another. Bisping circles but Georges catches him with another leg kick. “GSP” with a right hand over the top. Bisping circles along the fence. Georges catches him with a side kick. A big right hand just misses for “Rush”. The Canadian side steps and then lands a jab. Michael returns fire with a right hand. “GSP” scores with a jab followed by a front leg round kick. Bisping moves forward and lands a jab of his own. Georges smiles at him. “GSP” with a right hand followed by a crisp jab. St-Pierre keeps searching for a right hand over the top Dan Henderson style. Georges misses with a spinning roundhouse kick attempt. Georges shoots in and lands a ingle leg takedown. Just under a minute remains. “GSP” has Bisping pressed against the fence but Michael quickly wall walks and stands back up. Georges misses with a right hand but then leaps in with a superman punch. He lands a spinning wheel kick. Bisping looks stunned. “GSP” looks great. Round one comes to an end.

Round two begins and Georges land a side kick. He scores with a jab and then another. “GSP” with a solid low kick. Bisping leaps in with a body kick that is partially blocked. The Canadian lands another nice jab. Bisping misses with a right hand. “GSP” with a nice jab. He throws a kick. Michael catches it and lands a nice counter punch. Bisping with a low kick now. He catches Georges with a right hand while St-Pierre was attempting a low kick. “GSP” with a nice jab now. Georges shoots in and scores a takedown with just under two minutes left in the round. St-Pierre moves immediately to half guard. Bisping is able to scramble and get back up to his feet. He lands a nice right hand on “GSP”. Bisping with a nice left hand. St-Pierre throws a kick but Bisping catches it. Michael leaps in with a jumping side kick. It partially lands. Georges is slowing down. Round two comes to an end.

Round three begins and Georges lands a low kick. He shoots in and after some hard work drags Michael to the floor. “GSP” is working from full guard here. Bisping lands an elbow from the bottom that busts open St-Pierre. “GSP” lands a hard elbow. He throws a right hand followed by another elbow. Bisping is looking to scramble. He lands another big elbow from the bottom and “GSP” is now a bloody mess. Bisping scrambles to his feet. GSP lands a jab. Bisping responds with a right. Another jab from St-Pierre followed by a right hand over the top. Just under two minutes remain in round three. Bisping lands a good jab. Georges replies with a side kick followed by a low kick. GSP knocks Bisping to the floor with a punch. GSP is all over him with ground and pound. Bisping gives up his back and GSP locks in a rear-naked choke. He puts Bisping to sleep!

Yoel Romero reacts to Michael Bisping’s first-round KO loss to Kelvin Gastelum

Michael Bisping details a near-death experience he had in Hawaii

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping will defend his title against former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 this November at Madison Square Garden.

Prior to beginning his training camp, “The Count” decided to take his family on a Hawaiian vacation to the beautiful island of Maui.

Unfortunately for the British champion, the family vacation had some serious low points including being robbed and almost drowning.

Bisping recounted both of the scary and unfortunate events during his “Believe You Me” podcast (as transcribed by MMAFighting).

“We walked up to the car (after visiting a local waterfall), and [my son] Callum said ‘someone smashed the window,’” Bisping said. “I thought he was kidding, ‘the little f*ucker,’ but lo and behold, [someone] smashed the window. My wife had left her bag in the trunk, [they] smashed the window, grabbed that and all the clothing, of course we were swimming, so I just had a tiny pair of shorts on, my wife was in a bikini. That’s kind of how we were dressed. All the clothes, stuff like that, all stolen, including my wallet, everything.”

Bisping opted not to return his rental car that same day and wouldn’t you know it, a second robbery took place while in valet parking.

“The hire car, we were supposed to take it right back, but you don’t want to waste a half a day, taking a f*cking rental car back,” Bisping said. “So I’ve yet to do that. We drive around with a smashed window and we got robbed a second time. My running shoes and stuff like that, I left them in the next day and when we got back the car back, someone had stuck their hand in and taken the running shoes.”

Finally free of drama, or so he thought, Bisping and his family joined former UFC fighter and Hawaii native Kendall Grove for an afternoon of paddle boarding and adventure. It was during this time that Bisping suffered another scary experience.

“We went out with Kendall Grove and his family,” Bisping said. “We went out to the beach, great day. We had kayaks and paddle boards, stuff like that. So we say, let’s go out on the paddle boards and go out to that cliff [in the distance].”

Everyone made it safely to the cliff area and some members of the family took time to leap off of the peaks and into the water. On their journey back to shore the winds picked up and caused some problems.

“The wind’s picking up, we better head back,” Bisping said. “It’s me and my daughter on a paddle board. Balancing on a paddle board is not my forte, let me tell you that. Especially when there’s two people on there and the winds are blowing.”

He continued:

“We’re pretty far out, the cliffs were 200-300 meters away and we’re drifting further and further out. I’m like ‘holy s*hit,’ I don’t want to say anything to my daughter but I’m panicking a little bit, you know what I mean?”

“I jump off, my daughter’s on the paddle board, we’re drifting further and further out to sea,” he said. “I’m trying to swim and I’m starting to panic, we’re getting nowhere.”

To make matters worse, two elderly female swimmers were also in distress, and came over and clung Bisping’s paddle board. Thankfully help would eventually arrive, but there was only enough room for the two elderly women and Bisping’s daughter.

“Me being a macho d*ckhead, I go ‘yeah yeah yeah I’m fine, I’ll swim back,’ because I assume there’s no room for me,” Bisping said. “So they all disappear, go off in the distance and I’m thinking ‘I don’t f*cking believe this, me, and my ego, rather than just say ‘I need help also,’ I’m going to drown now.”

Eventually the lifeguards would return to help the middleweight champion of the world get back to shore.

“That was me yesterday. Fun times.” Bisping stated.