Brandao, who'd built a reputation as an unstoppably aggressive striker with three violent wins by TKO on TUF, was the one backed up by Bermudez's striking onslaught. Bermudez fearlessly trudged into range and uncorked stiff punches, keeping the Brazilian on his heels for the first minute or two.
Brandao vaulted into control when he connected with one of his homerun punches that crumpled Bermudez to the canvas. As he'd done in two previous fights on the reality show, Bermudez recovered almost immediately and was back to his feet and returning fire. Then, in another dramatic tilt of the see-saw, it was Brandao who was dropped with a huge right hand while charging in.
Bermudez pounced aggressively, landing hammerfists while Brandao established his guard. In the waning seconds of the round, Brandao brilliantly spun his hips around to lock a deep armbar. Bermudez tried to roll out but Brandao was relentless and wrenched the hold to elicit the tapout. Bermudez looked to have a tweaked arm or elbow but congratulated Brandao and seemed in good spirits despite the injury and circumstances.
Diego "Ceara" Brandao defeats Dennis Bermudez by first round submission to become the featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 14.