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BREAKING! Kelvin Gastelum has a new opponent for UFC Shanghai

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!

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

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.

Michael Bisping will face Georges St-Pierre this November at MSG

Michael Bisping will face Georges St-Pierre this November at MSG

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

Following last night’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, California, UFC President Dana White revealed that the promotion was back on board with putting together a middleweight title fight between current champ Michael Bisping and former welterweight title holder Georges St-Pierre.

According to White, the UFC’s decision to book Bisping vs. St-Pierre came while watching round five of the UFC 214 co-main event scrap between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia.

Woodley easily defeated Maia via unanimous decision, but the fight itself was not very entertaining for the fans. With that said, the UFC opted to take away Woodley’s promised fight against “GSP”.

“White on how Bisping vs GSP is back: “that ship turned around and sailed the fuck back. Adds he made that decision during round 5 of TW/DM.”

MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani later confirmed with sources that the bout has been agreed to for UFC 217 on November 4 and will likely be officially signed within the next few days:

“Confirmed with sources that Bisping vs GSP has been agreed to for MSG on 11/4. Should be signed in the coming days.”

Michael Bisping was last seen in action at October’s UFC 204 event in Manchester where he scored a hard fought unanimous decision victory over mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson.

Prior to that, Bisping was coming off a first-round knockout victory over Luke Rockhold which earned “The Count” the UFC’s middleweight title.

As for Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight kingpin has not fought since November of 2013 where he defeated Johny Hendricks via split-decision.

“Rush” is currently riding a twelve fight win streak with includes victories over Nick Diaz, BJ Penn, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes, Thiago Alves, Jon Fitch, Jake Shields and Carlos Condit.

Who do you think comes out victorious when Bisping and St-Pierre square off at Madison Square Garden on November 4?