Song Yadong gets a late call for UFC Shanghai

Yadong Song vs Yafei Zhao

Chinese MMA veteran Song Yadong will make his UFC debut this weekend when he steps into replace an injured Pingyuan Liu.

Pingyuan was scheduled to face Bharat Khandare on the undercard of UFC Shanghai, but suffered an injured and has been forced to withdraw.

The 20-year-old Song (10-4) is no stranger to the cage and has competed with some of Chinas top promotions including RUFF, Kunlun and WLF.

He makes his UFC debut alongside fellow Chinese fighters Kenan Song, Yanan Wu, Yan Xiaonan and Wang Guan.

UFC Fight Night 122 is set for the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai where no.9 UFC middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum takes on the recently dethroned middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

Bisping stepped in on short notice to replace Anderson Silva, who failed a USADA drug test.

The UFC announced yesterday that James Mulheron is the latest athlete to fall foul of the U.S anti-doping agency and has been cut from his scheduled bout with Cyril Asker.

Earlier today The Fight Nation revealed via social media that Chinese heavyweight Yaozong Hu will step up to face Cyril Asker in Shanghai. Yaozong comes to the promotion with a clean 3-0 record, having fought under Glory of Heroes and Chinese MMA Super League.

The prelims for UFC Shanghai kick off from 4:45pm local time, with the main card to start at 8pm.