Miller gasses early, Brandao and Dodson are stars in the making
After two action packed bouts to crown the featherweight and bantamweight from TUF 14, the final matchup between coaches Michael Bisping and Jason Miller seemed somewhat anticlimatic. As it turned out, it was as “The Count” dominated from opening seconds of the second round until the stoppage at 3:34 of the third round. Miller went for broke in a strong opening round but had nothong left in the tank in the second round and was beaten to a pulp in the third.
The TUF 14 final was shown free on Spike for the last time. Tuf will now move to Fox as part of that package.
In the first first televised fight on the show, TUF 13 winner Tony Ferguson improved his UFC record to 3-0 with a close decision over veteran Yves Edwards. This was an entertaining fight with lots of ebbs and flow. In Sportsbetting3’s view, Ferguson stole the first and third rounds by being the busier and more effective fighter in the final minute. Both fighters scored solid blows and the fight was much closer than the final 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 unanimous decision verdict to Ferguson.
In the featherweight final, John “The Magician” Dodson came into his fight with TJ Dillashaw as a 2-1 underdog but the gym rat out of Albuquerque, New Mexico settled matters in just 90 seconds winning a $100,000 contract with the UFC and also collecting $40,000 for the knockout of the night. At just 5-foot-3, Dodson gave up lots of size to Dillashaw but the faster and more technically sound “Magician” was better from the opening round. A left to the side of the head floored the NoCal fighter like a load of bricks and a couple of quick hammer fists got the stoppage which in some eyes was a little quick.
In the battle of the top bantamweights, Brazilian Diego Brandao was the heavy favorite over the game Dennis Bermudez and didn’t disappoint. This was a great fight that was the equivalent of Hagler/Hearns. Brandao had won all three of his preliminary fights by first-round knockout but Bermudez would have none of it. The Long Island Fighter ducked a haymaker and took down Brandao landing several solid blows before Brandao regained his feet. Bermudez was decked at the 3:00 mark but survived. With a minute left in the first-round Brandao was caught with a short right that dropped him. Bermudez attacked for the kill but got sloppy by leaving an arm posted to the mat. Brandao quickly grabbed the arm and stepped over into a roll, getting the immediate tap with a perfect armbar at 4:51. Brandoa locked up his own 100K contract plus an addition 80K for Submission and Fight of the Night honors.
For some reason, Michael Bisping is the most dispised fighter in MMA. During the filming of Ultimate Fighter, Miller called him the “Most Hated Man in the World” since the death of Bin Laden. That was good for lots of laughs but in the end, it was Bisping with the last laugh. Miller was able to get Bisping to the mat in round one and was able to deal some minor damage after triangling Bisping’s legs. Miller would go 0-9 in takedowns the rest of the night.
In the second round it was clear that Miller had nothing left in the tank. Bisping is an excellent stand up fighter and he picked “Mayhem” apart following his jab with solid right hands. FightMetrics had Bisping landing 76 of 112 jabs. For the fight, Bisping connected on 150 shots to just 38. Miller took 125 shots to the head and had a large bloody mouse under his left eye. The end came with Miller turtled up on his knees and absorbing body blows and knees.
Bisping is as good a technical boxer as there is in MMA and has excellent cardio. He’s in line for a title shot against Anderson Silva but there are flaws to the Brits game that he’ll need to improve if he’s to have any chance against “The Spyda”.
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