Bisping did not spend much time licking his wounds.
No longer atop the
Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division, Bisping
will collide with “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner Kelvin
Gastelum in the
UFC Fight Night 122 headliner this Saturday at the
Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. “The Count” answered the
call to fill in for Anderson
Silva, who was removed from the event after the United States
Anti-Doping Agency notified him of a potential violation. One of
the sport’s most successful and polarizing figures, Bisping last
competed at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, when he was choked unconscious and
surrendered his 185-pound championship to the returning Georges St.
Pierre at Madison Square Garden in New York. The loss snapped a
run of five consecutive victories for the Englishman, his longest
such streak since he started his professional career 14-0.
As Bisping prepares to take on Gastelum in the UFC’s first visit to
mainland China, here are some of the numbers that have come to
2: Fighters in UFC history who have spent more
than six hours competing in the Octagon. Bisping has six hours,
three minutes and three seconds of cage time under his belt. Only
Edgar (6:27:49) has more.
3: Wins by submission. Bisping tapped three of his
first 10 opponents — he utilized two armbars and a guillotine
choke — but has not won via submission in nearly 12 years.
7: Post-fight bonuses earned since he arrived in
the Ultimate Fighting Championship in June 2006. Bisping has been
awarded five “Fight of the Night” bonuses and two “Performance of
the Night” bonuses totaling $330,000.
20: Wins in the UFC, making him one of the two
winningest fighters in the history of the promotion. St. Pierre has
also recorded 20 victories inside the Octagon.
28: Appearances in the UFC. That number ties
Bisping with Jim Miller
for first on the all-time list.
38: Years of age. Bisping was born on Feb. 28,
1979 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
202: Combined victories between the eight
opponents who have defeated Bisping. They are St. Pierre, Rockhold,
Henderson and Rashad
518: Days spent as UFC middleweight champion, the
third longest title reign of all-time at 185 pounds. Only Silva
(2,457) and Weidman (888) sat on the middleweight throne
1,560: Significant strikes landed in UFC
competition, more than any other fighter in history, according to
ranks ahead of Edgar (1,378), St. Pierre (1,313), Nate Diaz
(1,210) and Evan Dunham