This Saturday, the TUF Finale 14 saw two new athletes enter the UFC fray with a bang, not to mention the showdown between the two coaches of the show: Michael Bisping, who was himself a winner of the reality show, and the controversy-causing Jason Miller. It was the show’s farewell to Spike TV. Now TUF will be produced by Fox television network, while a Brazilian version of the show will be broadcast by Globo.
With strained relations between them when TUF was being recorded, Bisping and Miller were finally face to face in the cage. First round action saw Miller nearly achieve mount on the Englishman but expend a lot of energy in doing so. Somewhat awkwardly, Miller suffered an onslaught of strikes in the second stanza. With five rounds to work with, Bisping cut the encounter short in the third, punishing his foe with strikes and following up dishing out further punishment on the ground. Miller was rendered defenseless, and the referee called an end to the action. With the outcome, the best English fighter on the scene at present notched his fourth win in a row, placing him closer to a potential title showdown with Anderson Silva.
In determining the winner of the TUF featherweight division this season, Diego Brandão made history. In a back-and-forth affair with Dennis Bermudez, Diego started out eating shots in the standup action but replied in kind with a knockdown and well-timed takedown. Soon thereafter, though, Brandão took a hard hit that knocked him down and created the impression that all was lost. But when Bermudez took his chances with ground and pound, Diego pulled a picture-perfect armbar out of his sleeve and obliged his opponent to tap out. Having three first-round knockouts on the show in the lead-up to the final, the black belt finally showed his Jiu-Jitsu is still up to par.
“Now I’m going to buy a house for my mom,” he declared after the fight.
Diego is another MMA ace from the Brazilian city of Manaus in the UFC featherweight division, now dominated by his fellow Amazonas-state native José Aldo.
The TUF bantamweight title fight saw TJ Dillashaw and John Dodson face off in a quick affair. TJ, a wrestler, insisted in standing and trading–Dodson’s area of expertise. The result was a technical knockout win for striker Dodson in less than two minutes of action.
Check out the complete results:
TUF 14 Finale
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Michael Bisping defeated Jason Miller via TKO in R3;
Diego Brandão submitted Dennis Bermudez via armbar in R1;
John Dodson defeated TJ Dillashaw via TKO at 1:54s of R1;
Tony Ferguson defeated Yves Edwards via unanimous decision;
Johnny Bedford defeated Louis Gaudinot via TKO at 1:58s of R3;
Marcus Brimage defeated Stephen Bass via unanimous decision;
John Albert defeated Dustin Pague via TKO at 1:09 min of R1;
Roland Delorme submitted Josh Ferguson via rear-naked choke at 0.22 min of R3;
Steven Siler defeated Josh Clopton via unanimous decision;
Bryan Caraway submitted Dustin Neace via rear-naked choke at 3:38 min of R2.