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The TUF 14 Finale will be remembered as being a night full of great fights capped off by a very disappointing main event. In an event set to crown two new TUF winners, the coaches of season fourteen, Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller settled their built up animosity in a very one sided bout. Bisping looked off early, as Miller was swinging wildly in the first round (it was some of the sloppiest stand-up one could ever see from a professional fighter of Miller’s caliber). Running hooks that could be seen coming, chucking overhands, all very telegraphed and slow, Miller looked way off. However, a takedown late in the round gave him the nod over Bisping. As Miller sustained the mount, and landed some ineffective, yet scoring, ground and pound.
The second round was a completely different story. Miller gassed, and that was it. He was slow, couldn’t dodge, and couldn’t take Bisping down. The result? Bisping landed at will. For two rounds, Bisping lit Miller up. And Mayhem had no answer, except to survive and eat the shots. The match was mercifully stopped in the third round (the fight was set for five) by the ref, who knew that Miller was done. It was a lackluster finish, to a fight that had great build up behind it.
In the night’s co-main event, Diego Brandao once again showcased his impressive set of skills by stopping Dennis Bermudez. As is his nature, Brandao was letting the power shots fly, but it was Bermudez who would land the most significant shot of the fight, connecting with a counter right. The shot dropped Brandao, and Bermudez pounced, only to leave a left arm exposed, one that Brandao held onto. And with it, Brandao caught Bermudez in a beautiful armbar, one that not only forced a tap but clearly tore or broke Bermudez’s arm. With the win, Brandao caps an amazing TUF run with the featherweight tournament title.
The second tournament final of the night consisted of John Dodson taking on TJ Dillashaw. And it was Dodson who came out on top, using superior speed and power to stop Dillashaw. Dodson was able to evade most of Dillashaw’s strikes, while landing many of his own. And it was a counter left hook that rocked Dillashaw. That was the beginning of the end, as Dodson continued his assault on an overwhelmed Dillashaw, causing the ref to stop the fight. Dodson takes the TUF bantamweight tournament in convincing fashion.
Written by Keith Mondaca of URDirt.com