The TUF 14 Finale takes place later tonight at the The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event airs on Spike TV at 8pm ET. The prelims will stream live on Facebook at 5:15pm ET.
In the main event, Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller meet in the TUF 14 coaches battle.
Dennis Bermudez and Diego Brandao face off for the TUF 14 featherweight crown.
John Dodson and TJ Dillashaw meet in the TUF bantamweight final.
Yves Edwards takes on TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout.
TUF 14 cast members Louis Gaudinot and Johnny Bedford meet in a bantamweight match-up.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Michael Bisping def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller via TKO (Punches) at 3:34 in Round 3
- Diego Brandao def. Dennis Bermudez via Submission (Armbar) at 4:51 in Round 1
- John Dodson def. T.J. Dillashaw via TKO (Hammerfists) at 1:58 in Round 1
- Tony Ferguson def. Yves Edwards via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Johnny Bedford def. Louis Gaudinot via TKO (Punches) at 1:58 in Round 3
- Marcus Brimage def. Stephen Bass via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- John Albert def. Dustin Pague via TKO (Punches) at 1:09 in Round 1
- Roland Delorme def. Josh Ferguson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at :22 in Round 3
- Steven Siler def. Josh Clopton via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bryan Caraway def. Dustin Neace via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:38 in Round 2
Recap & Thoughts
Louis Gaudinot vs. Johnny Bedford: If intensity could overcome size, then maybe Gaudinot would’ve had no trouble overcoming the eight-inch height and seven-inch reach disadvantage thatBedfordpresented to him. But the green-haired striker couldn’t even bring that intensity to bear onceBedfordbrought his brown belt-level jiu-jitsu into the equation. Round 1 sawBedfordeasily getting his smaller bantamweight opponent down, where he dominated with long stays in mount and back-mount. The only difference in the second round was the addition of more punishing ground and pound. In terms of offense, Gaudinot landed one spinning backfist in the third, butBedfordshrugged it off, dropped him with a knee to the head, and blazed away on the downed fighter with fists, kicks and knees to the body, and enough bad intentions to prompt the referee to jump in and wave it off. The official time of the TKO was 1:58 in Round 3.
Yves Edwards vs. Tony Ferguson: If TUF winners are fed easier fights after their tenure in the TUF House, TUF 13 victorFergusonwas in danger of choking on his food against the salty veteran Edwards. In the first round the two strikers dinged each other up with solid blows –Fergusonwith right hands, uppercuts and cutting leg-kicks, Edwards with two high-kicks, smooth leg-kicks of his own, and some in-the-pocket counter-punching. Fergusontook the round by virtue of his rocking Edwards and countering Edwards’ takedown attempt with a deft rolling omoplata. But Edwards turned up the aggression in the second, and marked up and bloodied Ferguson’s via knees from the Thai clinch and punches, a display that had the veteran evening up the score (in theory, at least). Round 3 was simply a game of inches, each bobbing in and out and landing on the other, and when time expired the judges gave the unanimous decision to the TUF winner, with two awarding Ferguson all three rounds in typical “blind judging” fashion.
John Dodson vs. T.J. Dillashaw: And the first bantamweight TUF winner is… Dodson. Meeting Dillashaw’s inexplicable willingness to strike with the thunder contained in his kicks and punches, Dodson put his foe on Queer Street with a left as Dillashaw was coming forward, and he followed the Team Alpha Male rep down with hammerfists. While Dillashaw was struggling to regain his senses, referee Herb Dean was already jumping in, and at the 1:58 mark of Round 1, Dodson had earned himself a nice, new “The Ultimate Fighter” Lucite.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Diego Brandao: Remember when Brandao was clobbering the hell out of everyone in the TUF House on the feet? Yeah, well, he got a few good licks in on fellow featherweight finalist Bermudez, rocking the American with some solid shots and sending Bermudez stumbling. But Bermudez caught him flush with a short right hand as he was coming in and the Brazilian dropped like a sack of potatoes. Bermudez swarmed him, raining down fire from above that, if not for Brandao’s constant movement, would’ve undoubtedly had the man on the bottom in high peril. And then it all changed in an instant, as Brandao snagged one of Bermudez’s arms, swung his legs around, and applied an arm-popping armbar. Bermudez tapped at 4:51 of Round 1, and Brandao is now your TUF featherweight winner.
Michael Bisping vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller: In lieu of prefabricated heat between the two TUF 14 coaches, we got a contrast in personalities that had all the negativity going toward the cocky Brit and all the goodwill going toward the grinning American. In terms of how their respective skill sets played out in the cage, we had a contrast as well, with Mayhem wielding the edge in grappling and Bisping sporting superior technique with his hands. As such, that translated into a first round that saw Miller get Bisping down and control him, and then, when the American’s cardio disappeared, saw the Brit just absolutely pummel his opponent standing. Mayhem was utterly exhausted in the second round and took a beating, and that beating continued into the third, where Bisping began pounding on him and kneeing him repeatedly in the body. When Mayhem’s defense whittled away to nothing, the referee stepped in, giving Bisping the win via TKO at 3:34 of Round 3.
Submission of the Night: Diego Brandao
Knockout of the Night: John Dodson
Fight of the Night: Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez