Last week on The Ultimate Fighter 14, Diego Brandao made short work of Steven Siler with an impressive first round KO, extending Team Bisping’s winning streak to two. John Dodson swung things back into Team Miller’s favor though when he picked up a decision victory against John Albert. Also, Team Bisping grew tired of TJ Dillashaw‘s superior attitude and Roland Delorme ended up going to the doctor to get an infection checked out.
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:
*We start at the house with Roland Delorme showing off his infected foot. It’s not contagious but if it doesn’t heal up, he can’t fight.
*Rafael Cordeiro visits Team Miller trainer. All the fighters love him as he teaches them some muay thai techniques. Not to be out done, Team Bisping brings in Tito Ortiz. “It’s not about the money or the fame, it’s about seeing who the baddest man alive,” says Tito. No really. He said this. Marcus Brimmage makes sure to point out his head size. Ortiz shows them some ground and pound techniques.
*Team Bisping huddles around at the house and talk trash about TJ Dillashaw for taking an easy fight. Akira Corassani and Diego Brandao decide that they’re going to rough up TJ in training. This is actually a pretty smart strategy if you think about it. Injure the guy and then you may get back into the competition. Akira and Diego have already advanced, but maybe future fighters will adopt this game plan.
*So at training, Akira and Diego take it to TJ. This fires up TJ and makes him spar harder with Marcus, who didn’t have beef with TJ but because he was going hard, Marcus had to go hard. Bisping gathers his team and tells them to start acting like a team and stop trying to kill each other in training.
*Roland gets cleared to fight and he actually lost weight because he was sick. I guess Tyson Griffin should have gotten sick last week. Ronald says the foot felt fine during training, he just felt a little sluggish.
*Bisping says that TJ is the most complete fighter on the show. While Tiki works with TJ in the gym, Miller barricades his truck in its parking space. Tiki walks outside to see his truck blocked in. He says it’s a crappy prank. I want to know how Tiki can afford an Escalade.
*TJ and Roland make weight. The fighters say that TJ is the better fighter and he’s going to win unless he slips up and makes a mistake.
*Bantamweight Fight – Roland Delorme (Team Miller) vs. TJ Dillashaw (Team Bisping): TJ dominated the first round with his wrestling and ground and pound. Neither did much on the feet but TJ got the takedown almost any time he wanted it and roughed up Roland on the ground with punches and elbows. Roland managed to survive the round though and it looked like TJ was starting to get tired. In the second round, TJ dropped Roland with the first punch he threw and then gave him a vicious beating on the ground. Roland somehow survived but TJ eventually overwhelmed him, got the back, and choked him out with the rear naked choke. Great performance by TJ.
Result: TJ Dillashaw def. Roland Delorme via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
*Dana calls in Miller and Bisping and the fighters to see who everyone wants to fight in the next round. Team Miller has 5 fighters, Team Bisping has 3, so two Team Miller guys have to fight each other. Johnny Bedford from Team Miller wants to fight teammate John Dodson. Miller and Bisping agree that Dodson and TJ are the two best guys at 135. Bryan Caraway doesn’t want to fight Diego. Bisping and Miller seem to agree on the match ups with Dana.
*Semifinal Fights – Bantamweights: TJ Dillashaw vs. Dustin Pague & John Dodson vs. Johnny Bedford – Featherweights: Akira Corassani vs. Dennis Bermudez & Bryan Caraway vs. Diego Brandao.
*When Akira vs. Dennis was announced, Caraway was mouthing “F*ck” knowing he had to fight Diego.