After 10 weeks of on-air build up, the 14th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show came to a conclusion tonight from the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Michael "The Count" Bisping won his fourth straight fight with an all-out mauling of Jason "Mayhem" Miller in the main event of the night. It was a huge win for the British fighter and he now moves one step closer to an opportunity to fight for the middleweight championship.
The undercard featured the crowning of two new "TUF" champions and big wins from Tony Ferguson and a number of last seasons cast members.
Catch my post-fight thoughts in the full entry.
- As expected, Michael Bisping dominated Jason "Mayhem" Miller en route to a third round TKO victory. UFC president Dana White tweeted "The most one sided fight I might have ever seen in the UFC!" in reference to Bisping vs. Mayhem, while I wouldn’t quite agree with the statement, Bisping did turn in a great performance after getting tagged with punches and taken down in the first round. With his fourth straight victory in the books, the Brit is very close to a title shot. Look for him to face an elite middleweight next
- Miller’s performance was…disappointing. "Mayhem" won the first round and looked very impressive, but gassed badly at the beginning of the second and took a brutal beating from Bisping. After so much hype behind the fight, it is simply unacceptable for Miller tire out so quickly. Hopefully he can sort the issue out next time.
- Diego Brandao and Dennis Bermudez put on one hell of a show in the first ever "TUF" featherweight final. The fight had it all. Both men were dropped; close to finished and came back at one point. However, it was Brandao who took advantage of a Bermudez mistake as he pulled out a slick armbar submission near the end of round one. What a great fight. Brandao has a bright future in the featherweight division, he looked terrifying tonight.
- John Dodson became the first ever bantamweight "Ultimate Fighter", dispatching of T.J. Dillashaw in less than two minutes with a TKO. There are complaints about an early stoppage, and while I agree with that sentiment, I think the stoppage prevented Dillashaw from taking a lot more damage. Dodson looked focused and much improved in the fight, putting pressure on Dillashaw from the outset. Dodson earns the six-figure contract and is a welcomed addition the thin UFC bantamweight division, but he will likely move down to flyweight (125 pounds) when the UFC inevitably picks up the weight class.
- As for Dillashaw, he is a solid prospect and trains with the right people, but obviously was outmatched by Dodson and needs to make some improvements to his game.
- Tony Ferguson and Yves Edwards put on a spectacular display of stand up techniques as they exchanged hands, feet, knees, and elbows for three straight rounds. There seems to be some controversy surrounding the decision, I had it 29-28 for Ferguson, but I can see the argument for Edwards. I personally thought Ferguson took the first two rounds, they were close, but he did enough to win them both. A close round can still have a clear winner. A big win over another tough veteran for "The Ultimate Fighter" season 13 winner, it will be interesting to see what the UFC does with him next.
- Johnny Bedford used his size and strength advantage to dominant Louis Gaudinot in the opening fight of the night. Bedford brutalized Gaudinot on the feet and on the ground until referee Steve Mazagatti was forced to call a halt to the fight two minutes into the third round. An impressive performance from Bedford, along with being a very experienced fighter, he is one of the biggest bantamweight in the UFC and I see him hanging around the lower tier of the UFC bantamweight division for years to come.