The UFC is finally headed to mainland China; five years after their first event in Macau, back in 2012. And they’re doing it behind a middleweight contest between former UFC champion Anderson Silva and Ultimate Fighter season 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum.
This fight was originally scheduled to go down at UFC 212. Unfortunately, following his UFC Fortaleza bout against Vitor Belfort, Gastelum failed a drug test for marijuana metabolites and was suspended from action. He later returned to fight Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25, losing the bout via submission in the 3rd round.
Meanwhile, Anderson Silva has not competed since his February win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208. That victory broke a 5-fight win-less streak for the former middleweight champion – in part due to his own failed drug test at UFC 183, overturning what would have been a decision over Nate Diaz.
Silva and Gastelum are currently in China, promoting their upcoming bout. While there, the two men posed for their first face-off, in front of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai.
Currently, Silva vs. Gastelum is the only official bout listed for the Fight Pass event. However, reports are that two women’s bouts are also scheduled for the card, with Yanan Wu facing Gina Mazany, and Yan Xiaonan facing Kailin Curran. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates as the UFC’s debut in mainland China approaches.