Bisping vs. Gastelum to serve as new UFC Shanghai main event

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Michael Bisping has once again stepped in to save the day.

After Anderson Silva's Friday flagging by the USADA left Kelvin Gastelum without an opponent for UFC Fight Night 122, the former middleweight champion is now expected to face Gastelum in the bill's main event on Nov. 25 in Shanghai. Gastelum announced the late adjustment Saturday on Twitter following a report from MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.

Bisping gets back in the saddle to salvage a card that'll go down just three weeks after he lost the middleweight crown to Georges St-Pierre by third-round submission at UFC 217. The Brit was reportedly hit with a 30-day medical suspension in relation to the defeat - one that snapped a five-fight win streak - although he can return to action sooner with a physician's blessing.

The last time he stepped in on short notice, Bisping knocked out Luke Rockhold to become the promotion's first British champion at UFC 199 in June 2016.

Gastelum will look to rebound from a defeat of his own - also a third-round submission - courtesy of Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25 this past July. The loss, Gastelum's first by stoppage, snapped a two-fight win streak.