The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale took place tonight in Las Vegas, featuring a main event between coaches Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller along with the finals of the season’s bantamweight and featherweight tournaments.
In the main event, Bisping bounced back from a slow start to put away Jason “Mayhem” Miller away with an impressive barrage of ground and pound in the third round.
In the first ever TUF featherweight final, Diego Brandao managed to recover from a brutal short right with a slick armbar to defeat Dennis Bermudez in an exciting first round stoppage. The win marked the second Jackson’s MMA fighter to pick up a TUF championship.
In the inaugural TUF bantamweight final, John Dodson made quick work of TJ Dillashaw with an impressive sequence of strikes that put the Team Alpha Male product on wobbly legs. While Dodson’s future likely lies in the upcoming UFC flyweight division, he will be a welcome addition to an already deep 135-pound weight class.
The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale results:
- Michael Bisping def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:34
- Diego Brandao defeats Dennis Bermudez via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:51
The Ultimate Fighter 14 featherweight final
- John Dodson def. TJ Dillashaw via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:54
The Ultimate Fighter 14 bantamweight final
- Tony Ferguson def. Yves Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Johnny Bedford def. Louis Gaudinot via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:58
- Marcus Brimage def. Stephen Bass via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- John Albert def. Dustin Pague via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:09
- Roland Delorme def. Josh Ferguson via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 0:22
- Steven Siler def. Josh Clapton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bryan Caraway def. Dustin Neace via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 3:38
The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale play-by-play:
MICHAEL BISPING VS. JASON MILLER
Round 1 – No touch of gloves and Miller opens with a leg kick. Strong body kick from Mayhem but Bisping reverses him against the cage. Bisping isn’t doing much as Miller works for the thai clinch. Fighters separate, and we’re back in the center. Counter overhand right lands on Bisping. Mayhem with another nice counter overhand right and he takes down Bisping. Mayhem moves to a modified mount position against the cage and utilizes body punches and shoulder shots to pin Bisping. Mayhem blasts Bisping with two hard hooks as Bisping tries to escape. Bisping escapes with just over a minute left. Bisping is up with a sense of urgency now. Bisping with a great counter left. Mayhem misses an overhand right counter but Bisping cannot capitalize. Round ends and Bisping is immediately going hands on knees. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Mayhem.
Round 2 – Miller misses a takedown but catches Bisping with a knee. Mayhem is leaving openings but Bisping isn’t capitalizing. Mayhem takes a single and Bisping counters with an over under tie that pulls Mayhem off his leg. Fighters both go to throw strikes and they accidently crash heads. After a quick break we’re back on. Mayhem ducks a punch but misses a shot. Bisping lands a hard knee. Bisping throws a headkick at Miller on the ground that thankfully misses and Miller shoots in. Bisping defends well though. Bisping with a nice combo. Bisping landing at will now. Miller is all busted up. Hard knee to the head from Bisping. Bisping looks fresh while Mayhem looks rough. Bisping throws two 12-6 elbows that aren’t called and the round ends with Mayhem getting pounded. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Bisping (19-19)
Round 3 – Mayhem’s face is busted up and he comes out with wild shots. Beautiful right hook from Bisping forces Miller to shoot to recover. Bisping won’t follow to the ground though.Bisping is landing at will. Miller is taking it with a smile though. Nice upper cut from Bisping. Brief stoppage after an accidental eyepoke from Mayhem. Bad shot from Mayhem and Bisping takes back side mount. Mayhem is getting pounded and rolls to guard. Brutal ground and pound from Bisping. More ground and pound and Mayhem gives his back up. Bisping tees off and Steve Mazzagatti steps in to stop the fight as Mayhem cannot defend. Both fighters look tired but Mayhem is all busted up.
Michael Bisping def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:34
DIEGO BRANDAO VS. DENNIS BERMUDEZ
The Ultimate Fighter 14 featherweight final
Round 1 – Fighters immediately get to work as Bermudez looks for a takedown and Brandao looks to level him. Bermudez gains front headlock position early but can’t do anything with it. Hard body shot from Brandao and he barely misses a huge overhand right. Brandao slips and Bermudez attempts an ugly flying body kick. Brandao rocks Bermudez but cannot follow up and Bermudez recovers. Brief exchange and Brandao cracks Bermudez on the jaw again. Brandao ends up on top breifly and lands a few shots. Brandao uses a supplex to try to keep Bermudez down but he escapes. Brandao gets over-extended and eats a trememdous short right from Bermudez that drops him. Brandao survives however and attempts an armbar and misses. Big shots from Bermudez but Brandao traps an arm and executes an absoulutely beautiful armbar that injures Bermudez and the fight is over. What a fight.
Diego Brandao defeats Dennis Bermudez via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:51
JOHN DODSON vs. TJ DILLASHAW
The Ultimate Fighter 14 bantamweight final
Round 1 – Fighters circle early as Dillashaw looks for kicks. Size differential is huge here. Both fighters miss combos and Dillashaw with a nice body kick. Dodson lands a show and presses forward but Dillashaw recovers. Dodson tieh an absolutely massive left hook that devastates Dillashaw, Dodson drops him with another, and he quickly follows up with strikes before Herb Dean literally throws Dodson off the clearly dazed Dillashaw. Stoppage was a little early, however, Dillashaw was clearly struggling to stand after the stoppage.
John Dodson def. TJ Dillashaw via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:54
YVES EDWARDS VS. TONY FERGUSON
Round 1 – Referee Chris Tognoni gets us started and the fighters touch gloves. Tony looking to lnd kicks early. Edwards misses a combo. Good movement from Ferguson sets up a leg kick. Ferguson lands three strong legkicks to Edwards. Ferguson looking to bait Edwards to drop down and eat a hook. More kicks by Ferguson. Brilliant headkick from Edwards, the fighters exchange and Edwards connects again. Yves getting the better of it now. Yves with a good combo but Ferguson lands a stiff right that clips Yves. Nice uppercut by Ferguson and Yves is hurt. Edwards just trying to survive the onslaught and then lands a wicked headkick. Edwards lands a takedown but Ferguson goes for a rolling omplata that Edwards defends. Very good round with Ferguson taking it late. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Ferguson.
Round 2 – Fighters circle amd more kicks from Tony. Fighters exchange combos with no advantage. Yves clips Ferguson and then follows up with a headkick that breifly stuns Ferguson. Edwards with a flying knee that lands and another knee from the thai clinch and amazingly Ferguson seems fine other than a busted nose. Hook from Ferguson lands but Edwards is fine. Brutal uppercut lands from Ferguson but Edwards keeps moving. Hard body kick from Yves. Ferguson lands a hook and Yves ducks away. Yves lands a strong shot but eats a brutal counter. Tony secures a takedown right before the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Edwards (19-19).
Round 3 – Fighters touch gloves again and we’re underway. Good combo by Edwards but he slips on the way out. Another headkick from Yves followed up by a hard right but Ferguson is unfazed. Good body kick by Ferguson. Solid inside legkicks from each fighter. Nice overhand from Yves finds the mark and he fires another headkick. Fighters keep missing power shots. Another headkick but Tony is fine. Fighters echange strikes til the bell sounds. MMAFrenzy scores the round and the fight for Ferguson 29-28.
Tony Ferguson def. Yves Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
JOHNNY BEDFORD VS. LOUIS GAUDINOT
Round 1 – Fighters start with a touch of gloves. Gaudinot misses a kick badly and Bedford lands a good combo. Bedford pressures forward and scores a smooth takedown against the cage. Gaudinot attempts an escapes and ends up in front headlock position. Nice knees from Bedford there and Gaudinot works back up to clinch. Bedford with more knees. Gaudinot separates but Bedford with a beautiful takedown and passes to full mount easily. Elbows and strikes from Bedford are finding their mark. Bedford looks for a misdirection armbar but it’s not there. Gaudinot gives up his back and Bedford sinks the hooks in. Heavy strikes from Bedford and Gaudinot escapes only to eat knees to the body as the bell sounds. Dominant round from Bedford and MMAFrenzy scores it 10-8.
Round 2 – Bedford lands a big shot and lands more knees from the thai clinch. Spinning backfist from Bedford barely misses. Bedford with a takedown and lands more strikes. Gaudinot escapes and just eats more strikes against the cage. Gaudinot breifly blocks a Bedford takedown but Bedford is relentless and scores the takedown. Bedford is switching to body blows while in Gaudinot is in guard. Bedford uses an impressive guard flow array and passes to knee on the belly. Bedford lands a big shot and rains down a hard flurry. Bedford plays it smart though and doesn’t punch himself out. Bedford moves to north-south and then to mount. Hard elbows and punches there. 12-6 elbow misses and Bedford gets a warning from Mazzagatti. Bedford is just hammering Gaudinot. Bedford with a straight armbar attempt but took his time and he’s unable to finish before the bell sounds. Extremely dominant round again. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-8 (20-16) for Bedford.
Round 3 – Fighters circle early before Bedford grabs the thai clinch and lands some nice shots. Fighters separate and both miss strikes. Bedford rocks Gaudinot and drops him with a body shot to thai knee combo. Gaudinot just turtling now. Bedford with brutal needs to the shoulder/body and Steve Mazzagatti finally calls the fight for Bedford. Fight was never close.
Johnny Bedford def. Louis Gaudinot via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:58
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Pictured: Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller (via UFC.com)