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The Ultimate Fighter: Team Miller vs. Team Bisping – Preview

The fourteenth installment of the long-running UFC reality series The Ultimate Fighter gets under way Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Spike TV in the US, and Thursday night at 11 p.m. BST on FX here in the UK.

For the first time in the show’s history, the teams will be made up of bantamweight and featherweight competitors.

Both coaches are well known for their antics outside the cage, so this season promises to be a fiery and intriguing encounter.

Jason “Mayhem” Miller stepped into a coaching role after rumoured participant Chael Sonnen was ruled out because of multiple personal and professional issues. Although he may not have been the UFC’s first choice for the spot, Miller is certainly a worthy replacement. He has competed in nearly all of the major MMA promotions including the UFC, Strikeforce, Dream and WEC, and also hosts a successful show on MTV2 entitled “Bully Beatdown.” Miller has tons of personality and, best of all, he walks that fine line between craziness and insanity that always makes for good television.

Michael “The Count” Bisping takes control of the opposing team. Bisping is the opinionated but often maligned Brit whose recent conduct in the cage has unfortunately tarnished some of his legitimate achievements. Although many people like to describe Bisping as overrated, the fact remains that he holds one of the best active records (11-3-0) in the UFC. The only men to defeat him are all former world champions and not many competitors can say the same.

This series presents two excellent opportunities for Bisping as he continues his career. First of all, a win over Miller in the series finale, to be held Dec. 3 in Las Vegas, would put him in with a real shot at a title opportunity, something Bisping has long coveted. Secondly, it gives him a chance to improve his battered reputation following the rather ugly set of circumstances which surrounded his UFC 127 bout with Jorge Rivera.

The competition kicks off with a two-hour special episode in which each fighter will need to win his individual bout in order to become an official cast member. Unlike some previous years, there will be no wild-card selection process, a second chance will only be offered to the losers should an existing cast member become injured or withdraw from the process.

The eldest potential participant is 31 and the youngest a mere 21. Although the US is well represented, there are also competitors from Canada, the UK, Scotland and Sweden. Notable fight camps include the likes of American Top Team, Team Alpha Male, Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts, the H.I.T. Squad, Skrap Pack, Lloyd Irvin MMA and several others.

Check out each of the 32 competitors below:

BANTAMWEIGHTS

John Albert
Fighting out of: Puyallup, Wash. / Victory Athletics
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 24

Johnny Bedford
Fighting out of: Watuga, Texas / F3 Alliance
Record: 17-9-1
Age: 28

Carson Beebe
Fighting out of: Western Springs, Ill. / Gilbert Grappling
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 22

Roland Delorme
Fighting out of: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada / Winnipeg Academy of MMA
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 27

TJ Dillashaw
Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male
Record: 4-0-0
Age: 25

John Dodson
Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jacksons Mixed Martial Arts
Record: 11-5-0
Age: 26

Casey Dyer
Fighting out of: New Castle, Ind. / No Affiliation
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 21

BJ Ferguson
Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA
Record: 6-2-0
Age: 29

Josh Ferguson
Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA
Record: 7-3-0
Age: 22

Louis Gaudinot
Fighting out of: Yonkers, N.Y. / Team Tiger Schulmann
Record: 5-1-0
Age: 26

Matt Jaggers
Fighting out of: Connersville, Ind. / Team Wolfpack
Record: 20-7-0
Age: 25

Tateki Matsuda
Fighting out of: Boston / Team Sityodtong
Record: 6-2-0
Age: 25

Paul McVeigh
Fighting out of: Glasgow, Scotland / Dinky Ninjas
Record: 18-6-0
Age: 29

Brandon Merkt
Fighting out of: New Richmond, Wis. / The Academy
Record: 11-0-0
Age: 27

Dustin Pague
Fighting out of: Centreville, Va. / MASE MMA
Record: 9-4-0
Age: 23

Orville Smith
Fighting out of: Indianapolis / Integrated Fighting
Record: 11-3-0
Age: 30


FEATHERWEIGHTS

Stephen Bass
Fighting out of: Savannah, Ga. / Lloyd Irvin MMA
Record: 10-0-0
Age: 28

Dennis Bermudez
Fighting out of: Massapequa, N.Y./ Long Island MMA
Record: 7-2-0
Age: 24

Diego Brandao
Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jacksons Mixed Martial Arts
Record: 13-7-0
Age: 23

Marcus Brimage
Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team
Record: 3-1-0
Age: 31

Bryan Caraway
Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male
Record: 15-5-0
Age: 26

Josh Clopton
Fighting out of: San Francisco / Skrap Pack
Record: 4-0-1
Age: 29

Akira Corassani
Fighting out of: Gothenburg, Sweden / Team Kaobon
Record: 9-3-0
Age: 28

Karsten Lenjoint
Fighting out of: Nottingham, UK / Leicester Shootfighters
Record: 7-1-0
Age: 30

Eric Marriott
Fighting out of: Independence, Mo. / Grindhouse MMA
Record: 20-5-0
Age: 25

Micah Miller
Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team
Record: 17-4-0
Age: 24

Dustin Neace
Fighting out of: Granite City, Ill. / Hit Squad
Record: 22-17-1
Age: 24

Jesse Newell
Fighting out of: Ventura, Calif. / Knuckleheadz Boxing
Record: 6-1-0
Age: 24

Brian Pearman
Fighting out of: Springfield, Mo. / Springfield Fight Club
Record: 7-1-0
Age: 26

Jimmie Rivera
Fighting out of: Elmwood Park, N.J. / Team Tiger Schulmann
Record: 8-1-0
Age: 21

Steven Siler
Fighting out of: Ogden, Utah / Riven Academy
Record: 18-9-0
Age: 24

Bryson Wailehua-Hansen
Fighting out of: Honolulu / MMA Development
Record: 5-1-0
Age: 24

We will of course keep you updated on the progress of the two British representatives, Paul McVeigh and Karsten Lenjoint, here on Brits & Pieces.

Photo: “Mayhem” Miller (l) and Michael Bisping (Gals Guide to MMA)

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA