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December 5, 2011

TUF 14 finale: Mayhem Miller is bullied by Bisping

After watching the finale of the “The Ultimate Fighter 14” series, I have come to the conclusion that it should only be about the fighters in the house and not the coaches. TUF coaches Jason “Mayhem” Miller (23-8) and Michael “The Count” Bisping (22-3) may have fought the worst-looking main event in the last five years in UFC. 

After the fight, ringside color commentator Joe Rogan said to the winner Bisping, “This moves you in a position now to possibly take on Anderson Silva.”

Silva would have beaten both fighters on the same night in the same round.  

Miller displayed some of the worst boxing I have ever seen in a UFC main event. “Mayhem is wildly striking, a little bit sloppy. ... it’s very awkward and it’s not very fast,“ Rogan said during the broadcast."

Play-by-play man Mike Goldberg was much friendlier with his assessment, calling Miller “unorthodox with his striking.”

Miller's attempt at boxing made even Brock Lesnar look good on his feet. UFC President Dana White tweeted, “The most one-sided fight I might have ever seen in the UFC!”

Before the fight Miller said, “Michael Bisping is a British point fighter, he jabs and jogs. He’s not going to be able to do that to me. I’m going to show the world that I’m one of the top middleweights on the planet.” 


We may have seen Miller's last fight in the UFC. The one bright spot in Miller’s performance is that he can take a punch. It took an out-of-shape Bisping three rounds to win by TKO (knees to the body and punches) and send Miller to the hospital.

As for the rest of "The Ultimate Fighter 14” finale at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, it was awesome! 

At the start of TUF 14, Bisping picked featherweight Diego Brandao (14-7) number one for his team. The well-rounded Brazilian Brandao dominated his competition.  

He reminds me of Chris Leben, but with a ground game. Every punch he throws is attended to knock his opponent out. The 24-year-old Brandao is a born fighter, with something you can’t teach in the gym. He has that “killer instinct,” the drive that separates the best from the rest. Brandao is fighting not just for himself, put he see it as a means to help his family back in Brazil.

Brandao used his aggression to knock his opponent Dennis Bermudez (7-3) to the canvas with an overhand right. But the featherweight from New York recovered and scored his own knockdown with a stiff right hand on Brandao.  

Bermudez stood over Brandao and tried to ground and pound the Brazilian into submission. But Brandao, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, grabbed Bermudez's left arm and executed a textbook straight armbar for the win by submission at 4:51 of the first round. 

“That kid is something special,” Goldberg said about Brandao after the fight.

The first time I saw Brandao fight was last year at a UWC 8 event in Fairfax, Va. It was the last time he lost a fight, but even in defeat you saw that this guy was going to be special. Also on the card were two other TUF 14 finalists from this year. Dustin “The Disciple“ Pague won his bout and so did John “The Magician” Dodson in the main event fight. 

In the first bantamweight TUF finale fight between Dodson and T.J. Dillashaw (4-1), it took less than two minutes for Dodson to win the six-figure contract and become this season’s winner. Dodson showed why he was one of the favorites to win this season's TUF 14.

Dodson, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, has been fighting since 2004, and has a professional record of 12-5. Dodson and Diego Brandao have a close friendship like two other Greg Jackson fighters, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia. Dodson made quick work of Dillashaw after both fighters spent a minute checking each other out. Dodson landed a devastating left hook to the side of Dillashaw's head. He quickly followed his opponent to the canvas and landed several more hammer fists before referee Herb Dean stopped the bout at 1:54 of round one.

Below are the full-card results:  


Bryan Caraway won by submission (Rear-Naked Choke) over Dustin Neace at 3:38 of the second round. 

Steven Siler won by unanimous decision over Josh Clopton.

Roland Delorme won by submission (Rear-Naked Choke) over Josh Ferguson at 0:22 of the third round. 

John Albert won by TKO (Punches) over Dustin Pague at 1:09 of the first round. 

Marcus Brimage won by unanimous decision over Stephen Bass.

Johnny Bedford won by TKO (Knees to the Body) over Louis Gaudinot at 1:58 of the third round. 

Tony Ferguson won by unanimous decision over Yves Edwards.

John Dodson won by TKO (Punches) over T.J. Dillashaw at 1:54 of the first round.

Diego Brandao won by submission (Armbar) over Dennis Bermudez at 4:51 of the first round.

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Kevin Richardson has been a fan of mixed martial arts competition ever since UFC 3, when 600-pound sumo wrestler Emmanuel Yarborough was beaten by Keith Hackney. Kevin will cover the world of MMA — in Baltimore, nationally and internationally. He plans to take readers into the locker rooms and MMA schools, where they'll hear from local fighters and trainers. If you have a news tip or suggestions for the blog, please e-mail him.


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