The SpikeTV era of The Ultimate Fighter ends tonight. After fourteen seasons, the show and the network that helped put the UFC on the map will part ways. Live from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, it’s The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. As always, FiveOuncesOfPain.com will provide full coverage of the event including complete results and a round by round recap of all the live televised action.
The preliminary action kicks off at 5:45PM EST on Facebook.com. Then the main card goes live on SpikeTV at 8PM EST.
The TUF 14 Finale is headlined by the coaches doing battle in a five round main event. After weeks of insults and pranks on the show, Jason Miller and Michael Bisping will finally settle things in the cage with the winner moving one step closer to a middleweight title shot. But first, their teams will both be represented in the two finals as Team Miller’s Dennis Bermudez battles Team Bisping’s Diego Brandao in the featherweight finals while Team Miller’s John Dodson takes on Team Bisping’s TJ Dillashaw in the bantamweight finals.
Bryan Caraway def. Dustin Neace via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
Steven Siler def. Josh Clopton via Unanimous Decision
Roland Delorme def. Josh Ferguson via Submission Round 3 (Rear Naked Choke)
John Albert def. Dustin Pague via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Marcus Brimage def. Stephen Bass via Unanimous Decision
Johnny Bedford vs. Louis Gaudinot
Round One: Bedford used his size early, getting a quick takedown. Gaudinot got to his feet but Bedford put him right back down and moved into mount. Bedford pounded away on Gaudinot from the mount, who could only cover up and try to buck but Bedford showed good top control. Gaudinot eventually gave up his back and then escaped to guard, but Bedford remained on top and dropping down punches. Bedford ended the round with some nice knees to the body. Absolutely dominating round for Bedford, arguably a 10-8 round but we’ll call it 10-9 since judges don’t like giving 10-8′s.
Round Two: Bedford was all over Gaudinot again in this round, landing some good body shots before putting Gaudinot on his back. Bedford once again dominated Gaudinot on the ground. Gaudinot couldn’t do anything except cover up and try to move but Bedford kept pounding away with punches and elbows from the top. Bedford tried for an armbar at the end of the round but couldn’t finish it. Another dominating round for Bedford and we’ll call this one 10-8.
Round Three: Gaudinot tried some takedowns early but Bedford easily stuffed them. Bedford once again imposed his will and landed some brutal body shots that put Gaudinot down. Bedford continued to pound away on Gaudinot on the ground, landing hammerfists to the head and kicks and knees to the body. Finally the ref stepped in to mercifully stop things. An absolute beatdown by Bedford.
Result: Johnny Bedford def. Louis Gaudinot via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Round One: Ferguson started the fight throwing some really good leg kicks. Edwards was landing the better strikes with his hands though, especially with his straight left. Edwards looking very smooth on his feet, putting together good combinations and mixing things up. Ferguson caught Edwards with an uppercut that seemed to stumble him and followed up with a flurry of punches that had Edwards covering up. Edwards survived though and came back with a head kick that Ferguson ate with no problem. The round ended with Ferguson going for a rolling omoplata but Edwards easily escaping. Great round of action with a slight edge to Ferguson based on damage. 10-9 for Ferguson.
Round Two: Edwards got the better of the exchanges early in the second, stumbling Ferguson with a right hand and then following with a variety of strikes including a head kick and a flying knee. Edwards busted the nose of Ferguson with one of his strikes, likely the knee. Some good exchanges throughout the round with Edwards using his speed but Ferguson landing the harder strikes. Ferguson got a late round takedown, likely to steal the round, but didn’t have enough time to do anything. I’m giving the round 10-9 to Edwards as he landed the cleaner strikes.
Round Three: Edwards again came out strong and used his speed and variety to get the better of many of the exchanges. Ferguson kept landing with power though and held his own in the striking department. Edwards continued to land a leg head kick that Ferguson could never seem to avoid. It wasn’t always clean but it continued to land and do damage. Both men landed their fair share of strikes in the exchanges but it seemed that Edwards was landing more effectively. A very good fight and a close fight but I think Edwards edged out the final round 10-9 and the fight 29-28. Really could go either way though.
Result: Tony Ferguson def. Yves Edwards via Unanimous Decision
T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Dodson
Round One: Dillashaw came out throwing kicks while Dodson looked to counter with his hands. Dodson caught Dillashaw a number of times with the left hook. Eventually Dodson caught him with a left hook that put him down. Dodson followed up with a flurry of punches that put Dillashaw and the ref jumped in to stop things. Stoppage may have been a bit early but Dillashaw was badly rocked. Dodson has some power for such a little guy.
Result: John Dodson def. T.J. Dillashaw via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Dennis Bermudez vs. Diego Brandao
Round One: Bermudez started the round strong, taking the fight to Brandao and landing some good strikes. Brandao kept looking for big hooks but couldn’t find a home. Finally Brandao connected with a right hook that dropped Bermudez but Dennis recovered and got to his feet. Brandao went for a flying knee, got the back, and hit a suplex but Bermudez escaped to his feet. Bermudez dropped Brandao with a right hand and looked to pound him out on the ground but Brandao survived, locked on an armbar, rolled Bermudez over, and forced the tap out. An absolutely outstanding fight with a great finish.
Result: Diego Brandao def. Dennis Bermudez via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Jason Miller vs. Michael Bisping
Round One: Miller pressing forward early, throwing wild strikes and going for takedowns but Bisping kept the fight upright. Miller keeps looking for the overhand right but it doesn’t have much power behind it. Bisping throwing a lot of one-two combinations that are finding a home. Miller got a takedown and pressed Bisping’s back against the cage while triangling his legs to keep him from getting up. Miller did a nice job landing short punches but Bisping eventually got to his feet. Miller very wild with his strikes while Bisping is throwing good straight punches. A good round for Miller as he got the takedown and established control. 10-9 for Miller.
Round Two: The nose of Miller got busted in the first round from the fists of Bisping. Miller continues to press forward with wild strikes while Bisping remains composed and keeps throwing good punches and counters. Miller keeps trying for takedowns but Bisping is easily stuffing it. Bisping really poured it on in the second half of the round, picking apart Miller with straight punches to the head and body. At one point Miller just dropped his hands and let Bisping hit him. The round ended with Bisping on top and pounding away with elbows and punches. Great round for Bisping and easily 10-9.
Round Three: Miller came out swinging in the third and tried for a takedown but Bisping avoided it. Bisping continued to turn up the pressure and batter Miller with a series of one-two punches. Bisping stuffed a takedown, got on top of a turtled Miller, and laid into him with knees to the body before Miller rolled to his back. Bisping stayed on top of Miller and continued to drop down punches and elbows. Miller once again turtled up and Bisping poured it on with more punches and knees to the body. The referee finally jumped in to stop it. Miller took a beating.
Result: Michael Bisping def. Jason Miller via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)