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Michael Bisping: Anderson Silva is GOAT, but Everybody Has a Sell-By Date

Middleweight champion Michael Bipsing earned his title shot at UFC 199 against Luke Rockhold by defeating former titleholder Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 84. Silva has been booked to face the fast rising Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212 on June 3. If Gastelum can defeat Silva, he’ll move into contender status. Bisping gave his take on the UFC 212 co-main event during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight.

The 41-year-old Silva is coming off a decision win over Derek Brunson in his last outing.  The 25-year-old Gastelum is on a three-fight winning streak and is undefeated as a middleweight.  While Silva may be past his prime, Bisping warns that he’s still a very dangerous opponent. 

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Kelvin Gastelum vs Anderson Silva“Anybody that thinks Anderson is past it, they’d be in for a rude surprise. For Kelvin Gastelum, it’s very important that he doesn’t underestimate Anderson Silva. Anderson Silva still has the potential to knock anyone out,” said Bisping.  “In his last fight, we saw him.  It was a close fight, but Anderson still won the fight. I thought he could have won that fight a lot easier.”

The match-up is a bout between the past and the future.  The future eventually wins the battle, but he past never goes away easily. 

“Of course, Kelvin has youth on his side. I actually think he has momentum on his side as well. He has confidence on his side. Anderson, of course, we know that he’s a legend. He’s the greatest of all time, but everybody has a sell-by date,” said the champ.

“This is a great fight for Kelvin to prove that he’s possibly the next contender. And it’s a great fight for Anderson to prove that he still deserves to be considered among the elite.”

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Following UFC Release, Michael McDonald Quickly Inks Bellator Deal

After asking for and being granted his UFC release, highly ranked bantamweight Michael McDonald quickly inked a deal with Bellator MMA.

Bellator officials confirmed the signing following an initial report by ESPN on Friday.

The move comes a week after McDonald was granted his release by the UFC, despite multiple fights remaining on his contract. Prior to his release, McDonald had called the UFC to task for its business practices.

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“The UFC was dishonest in the way they tried to do business with me and it’s resulted in a complete waste of my time,” McDonald told ESPN. “I want to feel like my employer isn’t out trying to cut my head off. I’m looking to enter a mutually respectful business contract with another fight organization.”

McDonald joins a Bellator division topped by champion Eduardo Dantas. There has been no date set for his promotional debut.

He is the latest of a bevy of former UFC fighters to sign with Bellator. Prior to McDonald, the promotion most recently signed Lorenz Larkin, who will be granted an immediate title shot, and Ryan Bader.

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UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt is Official; Joseph Benavidez, More Join Fight Card

Derrick Lewis revealed on Monday that he would be fighting Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 110 on Sunday, June 11, in Auckland, New Zealand.

UFC officials on Thursday confirmed the fight, noting that it would headline the promotion’s return to Auckland. In addition to confirming Lewis vs. Hunt, officials revealed several other bouts for the fight card, which will take place on Saturday, June 10 in the U.S. due to the time difference. 

Derrick Lewis vs Mark HuntTop ranked flyweight Joseph Benavidez (25-4) will put his six-fight winning streak on the line against rising star Ben Nguyen (17-6), who has gone 3-1 in his first four UFC bouts.

Aussie middleweight Daniel Kelly (13-1) is on a four-fight winning streak, coming off of a win over Rashad Evans. He’ll be looking to crash into the middleweight rankings if he can get past Derek Brunson (16-5), who sits at No. 9 in the 185-pound division.

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In addition to Benavidez vs. Nguyen, another flyweight fight joins the card with John Moraga (16-6) squaring off with UFC newbie Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-1), a top Aussie flyweight prospect.

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