The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale
On Saturday December 3, 2011, the UFC presented the fourteenth edition of its live “The Ultimate Finale” event. Centered on crowning the next champions of the long-running UFC reality TV program The Ultimate Fighter, the TUF 14 Finale was also one of the rare events where the fight between the coaches took place at the finale event and not on a Pay-Per-View. It was a loaded card from start to finish and saw several awesome finishes, so here are the full results as well as some early commentary for The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.
Michael Bisping defeats Jason Miller at TUF 14 Finale
Michael Bisping defeats Jason Miller by TKO at 3:34 of Round 3. Diego Brandao defeats Dennis Bermudez by submission (arm bar) at 4:51 of Round 1. John Dodson defeats TJ Dillashaw by TKO at 1:54 of Round 1. Tony Ferguson defeats Yves Edwards by unanimous decision. Johnny Bedford defeats Louis Gaudinot by TKO at 1:58 of Round 3. Marcus Brimage defeats Stephen Bass by unanimous decision. John Albert defeats Dustin Pague by TKO at 1:09 of Round 1. Roland Delorme defeats John Ferguson by submission (rear naked choke) at 0:22 of Round 3. Steven Siler defeats Josh Clopton by unanimous decision. Bryan Caraway defeats Dustin Neace by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:38 of Round 2
I was really impressed by the preliminary card action seen on Facebook, quite a few of the fighters gave pretty entertaining performances. Roland Delorme and John Ferguson in particular had an awesome back-and-forth war before Delorme was able to lock in a super-slick rear naked choke. Marcus Brimage also had an entertaining fight with Stephen Bass, and I enjoyed Brimage’s post-fight interview quite a lot. Overall, the Facebook prelims continue to not disappoint and I continue to believe that I made the right call when I crowned these prelims my new “dark horse favorite” and the one thing MMA fans should really be paying more attention to.
John Dodson wins TUF 14 Bantamweight Division
The main card was loaded with finishes as well, and things got increasingly crazy once John Dodson TKO’d TJ Dillashaw. Some people have complained that it was an early stoppage, and to be honest I can kind of see their point. Dillashaw was badly hurt, but didn’t seem to be fully out of it. That said, though, I’m not a referee, and from what I saw on the cameras, Dillashaw attempted to protest the stoppage only to nearly fall over. So maybe it was the right call.
Diego Brandao wins TUF 14 Featherweight Division
Diego Brandao’s win over Dennis Bermudez was almost five minutes of pure all-out insanity and anarchy confined to the insides of an Octagon. That fight produced a large amount of “OMG” moments, and I was practically up out of my chair when Brandao snatched up an armbar right as he was rocked and about to get knocked out. That was simply a “blink and you’ll miss it” fight, and I really enjoyed it.
And in the main event… well, you can love him or you can hate him, and I know there’s a far greater amount of haters, but at the end of the day Michael Bisping forces you to respect him. Michael Bisping broke Jason Miller. Period. It probably didn’t help that Miller was very rusty and probably had a huge adrenaline dump, but still, Bisping dominated Miller for a good two rounds. Bisping is still a “dark horse favorite” of mine, and I really enjoyed him proving everybody wrong once again.
In the end, this was one of the most-fun “TUF Finale” events I’ve seen in a while. I honestly can’t think of a better way to end the “Spike TV Era”.
About the author
Oliver Saenz, also known as PdW2kX, is a freelance journalist, opinion columnist, hardcore MMA fan, and lifelong video game nerd. For more news, views, previews, and reviews on all things Mixed Martial Arts as well as video games, be sure to visit FightGamesBlog.net.