TUF 14: The Ultimate Fighter, Bisping vs Miller Pearl at the Palms, Las Vegas, Nevada 3, 2011
The 14th edition of The Ultimate Fighter comes to a conclusion Saturday night at the Palms in Last Vegas. In the main event, TUF team captains Michael “The Count” Bisping faces Jason “Mayhem” Miller in a middleweight eliminator. In the co-features, John “The Magician” Dodson faces TJ Dillashaw for TUF 14 bantamweight title and a guaranteed $100,000 contract with the UFC. Diego “Ceara” Brandao takes on Dennis Bermudez in the featherweight final and a contract with the UFC.
The preliminary fights featuring many of the contestants from the house will be shown on Facebook. The main events will be shown live on Spike. This is the last edition of TUF on Spike as the series will be moving to Fox as part of that deal. In an interesting twist, the UFC is offering $25,000 “season” bonuses. Voting is open now on Facebook and the nominees are ….
•Louis Gaudinot vs. Dustin Pague
•Dustin Neace vs. Akira Corassani
•John Dodson vs. John Albert
•Dennis Bermudez vs. Akira Corassani
•John Dodson vs. Johnny Bedford KNOCKOUT
•Diego Brandao def. Steve Siler
•Diego Brandao def. Bryan Caraway
•John Dodson def. Johnny Bedford
•Akira Corassani def. Brian Pearman
•Diego Brandao def. Jesse Newell SUBMISSION
•Bryan Caraway def. Marcus Brimage
•Dustin Pague def. Louis Gaudinot
•T.J. Dillashaw def. Roland Delorme
•Dennis Bermudez def. Akira Corassani
•Roland Delorme def. B.J. Ferguson
Michael “The Count” Bisping (-165) vs Jason “Mayhem” Miller (-135)
The winner here will likelt get a match with Chael Sonnen as a gateway to a title shot vs Anderson Silva. This is a classic matchup of the striker vs the grappler. Bisping doesn’t like to mix it up but is the better fighter standing up and has power in both hands. He is also an excellent defensive fighter and is hard to get off his feet. Miller is a world-class wrestler and a BJJ blackbelt that would prefer to take it to the mat. That will be easier said than done. Very few give Miller a shot in this fight despite the short odds. Sportsbetting3 likes a more motivated Miller to come in with a well thought out gameplan that will get Bisping off his feet and roll to a unanimous decision.
John “The Magician” Dodson (+200) vs T.J. Dillashaw (-260) Bantaweight Final
This is an interesting fight more in terms of the of the out of the octagon TUF “house” dynamics than it is by styles. Dodson proved to be a rat, funneling Team Miller info to Team Bisping. Dillashaw looked to take the easiest fights so that he could be injury free in the event he advanced to the finals. He has but won’t win. Dodson is the better wrestler and more well rounded of the two. Dodson also solid on his feet and his short, squat, powerful stature makes him nearly impossible to take down. Dillashaw won’t solve Dodson. Wrong favorite here. Dodson wins a decision as the best betting dog on this card.
Diego “Ceara” Brandao (-370) vs Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez (+270)
Brandao has been the KO specialist of the season putting all three of his opponents to sleep in the first round. The big question here is whether Brandao can defend from his back or if he has adequate cardio is he’s pushed for 15 minutes. Not sure that Bermudez has the patience or the talent to avoid Brandao’s powerful strikes and kicks. Bemudez has found himself in trouble in his preliminary fights but is yet to face a finisher like Brandao. “The Menace” might be able to stay away early and take this into the second round but in the end, it’s Brandao by knockout.