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Bisping Underdog for UFC Fight Night 122

UFC Fight Night 122 Odds and Fight Preview - Bovada Sportsbook

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping will step into the octagon for the second time in three weeks when he battles Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 122 as a +220 underdog on the UFC betting lines.

The Count’s brief reign as champion came to a sudden end earlier this month with a third-round submission loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 as -130 chalk, marking his first defeat in six fights ahead of Saturday’s main event matchup at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

Circumstances favored Bisping in his rapid ascent to the UFC lightweight crown. The 38-year-old Englishman earned a Fight of the Night bonus in his five-round unanimous decision win over Anderson Silva as a +210 underdog at UFC Fight Night 84 before stepping in on short notice to face Luke Rockhold in place of an injured Chris Weidman at UFC 199.

Bisping rose to the occasion, handing Rockhold a stunning opening-round KO defeat on punches to claim the UFC middleweight belt as a lengthy +425 underdog. The Count followed up with a unanimous decision win over Dan Henderson at UFC 204 as a -250 favorite, before falling to a revitalized GSP on November 4, dropping his professional MMA record to 30-8.


Gastelum Favored on the Fight Night Odds

Gastelum takes on Bisping as a strong -280 favorite despite failing to get the win in his past two octagon appearances. The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner is coming off a third-round submission loss to Weidman as -180 chalk at UFC on Fox 25 and saw a first-round TKO win over veteran Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 106 overturned following a failed drug test.

Despite his recent struggles, Gastelum maintains a respectable 13-3 pro MMA record, including four victories by decision. But the No. 9 challenger on the UFC middleweight rankings has limited experience in championship rounds, dropping a split decision to Neil Magny as a -360 bet at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 finale in the only fight of his career to go beyond 15 minutes.

In other UFC Fight Night 122 betting action, Alex Caceres is pegged as a -185 favorite as he looks to tally consecutive wins for the first time in almost four years in a clash with fellow featherweight Wang Guan, who trails as a +150 underdog.

Chinese welterweight Li Jingliang aims for a fourth straight win and a third straight Fight of the Night bonus as he battles American Zak Ottow as a strong -175 favorite, while Russian Muslim Salikhov vies for an 11th straight win as -185 chalk in a welterweight clash with Alex Garcia


*Odds as of November 21, 2017

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