Last week on The Ultimate Fighter 14, Team Miller extended their win streak to two fights when Johnny Bedford defeated Team Bisping’s Josh Ferguson. Also on the show, the prank war continued between the coaches as Michael Bisping jacked the tires off of Jason Miller’s car and put them in his locker room and Team Miller’s John Dodson revealed injured information to members of Team Bisping.
Rather than a simple recap, throughout the festivities, this fall 5 OZ will be providing live commentary during each episode including assessments of each fighter and breakdowns of the action, not to mention a snarky remark or two relating to the behavior of coaches and contestants.
Read below to get our take on things as they unfold in this week’s episode (and make sure to join in on the discussion in the “Comments” section below:
*Team Bisping finds out from John Dodson that the next fight is going to be Stephen Bass from Team Bisping against Dennis Bermudez. Stephen didn’t want to train for a third round, but Bisping made him. Bisping then proceeded to beat the hell out of him on the ground and give him a black eye.
*At the fight announcement, Bisping doesn’t show up so Miller replaces him with a sparring dummy. Miller picks Dennis vs. Stephen, as expected.
*The game plan for Dennis is to use his wrestling to take down Stephen and rough him up. Stephen expects this but says it’s not going to happen. Dennis says he’s going to, “put a blanket on him and try and suffocate him.” So he’s going to lay and pray.
*Featherweight Fight – Dennis Bermudez (Team Miller) vs. Stephen Bass (Team Bisping): Dennis takes him down about a minute into the fight and then stayed on top while Bisping screamed at him to get up. Dennis eventually got the back with about a minute left and kept pounding on him. Stephen ended up surviving the round but he got pounded on in the final minute. There were a lot of Brittney Palmer shots between rounds, which is always a good thing. Dennis came out and swarmed Stephen with a flurry of strikes including a big knee. He once again got Stephen down, got the back, and pounded on him for nearly three minutes before the ref stopped it. Dominating performance by Dennis.
*Winner – Dennis Bermudez by TKO in Round 2.
*They show a close up of Stephen after the fight and man his face is beat up. Bisping yells at his team for not following instructions.
*Another fight announcement. This time Miller picks Dustin Pague to represent his team. Dustin puts on a green afro, signifying that he’s going to fight Louis Gaudinot. Once again, Team Bisping knew this fight was coming thanks to John Dodson.
*Team Miller starts to suspect that there’s a rat on their team, but don’t really care to find out who it is.
*Bisping calls a team meeting because Stephen talked to Bisping earlier and told him that he went too hard on him in training. He calls out Stephen in front of the team and of course the team is with their coach.
*Bisping training with Louis is an awesome visual because Bisping is so big that he makes Louis look like an oompa loompa.
*Bantamweight Fight – Dustin Pague (Team Miller) vs. Louis Gaudinot (Team Bisping): The first round was all on the feet with both fighters landing their fair share of strikes. Dustin had the most success though in the clinch with his knees to the head. Louis tried for a couple of takedowns but couldn’t get them. A good first round of action but one that favored Dustin. The early portion of the second round was dominated by Dustin. He ended up dropping and breaking the nose of Louis with a knee. On the ground, he immediately took the back and sunk in a rear naked choke for the victory.
*Winner – Dustin Pague via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round 2
*Louis apologizes for his performance but Bisping tells him he did good and even apologizes to him for letting him down. Team Miller is very excited to be 4-0.