Michael Bisping opens as underdog to Kelvin Gastelum in UFC-Shanghai headliner

13 November 2017

Dann StuppWill the three-week turnaround to be too much for former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping?

The opening odds seem to suggest so.

This past weekend, UFC officials announced Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), who lost his title to Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) on Nov. 4, will fight again on Nov. 26, when he meets Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in UFC Fight Night 122’s headliner.

Bisping, who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, replaced Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), who was flagged due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation. He takes on Gastelum, who’s an honorable mention in the rankings, in a five-round headliner.

The fight, which streams on UFC Fight Pass from Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, will mean Bisping is fighting on two different continents in two UFC main events in just a 21-day span. And though he ultimately got put to sleep with St-Pierre’s rear-naked choke, he did take a fair amount of punishment before the fight-ending submission.

That could be part of the reason Bisping has opened as a +120 underdog to -161 favorite Gastelum, according to William Hill, which posted the first line for the fight (via bestfightodds.com).

A winning $100 bet on Bisping would result in a profit of $120; a winning bet on Gastelum would net a profit of $62.11. That gives a implied winning probability of 45.5 percent for Bisping and 61.7 percent for Gastelum.

Being an underdog, though, is nothing too new for Bisping. His fight with St-Pierre closed as a pick’em with even odds, but when he won the title with an upset of Luke Rockhold, he closed as nearly a 5-1 underdog. A bout prior, he upset Silva as a +210 underdog.

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