Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was pulled from his bout against Kelvin Gastelum at the upcoming event after he was flagged due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation.
The Ultimate Fighter Season 3 victor is eyeing the UFC's London card, next March, for his swansong.
Bisping, 38, is no stranger to last-minute fights, having won his middleweight title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in 2016 on just 17 days notice.
On the call will be former middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC), who earlier this month lost his title to former longtime welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre in the UFC 217 main event, and Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC).
But anyway, I can only thank him and all of you for the love and affection.
Bisping holds an impressive record of 19-0 in fights that have taken place in the United Kingdom and he is undoubtedly the biggest name in the history of British mixed martial arts.
March 17, 2018 certainly looks set to be the date of Bisping's final fight and by the time all is said and done, one would struggle to name a more storied career than his. I'm here to thank all my fans, especially my coaches and all the contributors for this long journey. "I'm a very happy man", Bisping added. "It was fun though, I was enjoying the process", says GSP.
No details have yet been revealed as to the nature of this recent potential violation, but after being replace by Michael Bisping in the fight, Silva issued the following statement, indicating that he isn't prepared to let this latest incident end his career. "I've always wanted my last fight to be in England". "Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward". I feel good, I'm in good shape, I've got no injuries, so why not? "That wasn't the plan, but circumstances have put me in this situation". I don't know exactly the plans of God for me.