Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom.

TUF 14 Finale – Bisping vs. Miller

The fourteenth installment of The Ultimate Fighter comes to a climax on Saturday with the live season finale from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The two coaches, Michael Bisping and Jason Miller, will meet in a tension-filled encounter which serves as the evening’s main event.

Jason "Mayhem" Miller (ultimatefighter.com)

For Miller, this bout represents a welcome return to the UFC ranks. When he first competed in the promotion way back at UFC 52, he faced a relatively unknown opponent by the name of Georges St-Pierre. Unfortunately, Miller became just another victim of GSP’s run to the title and up until now that loss was his sole UFC appearance.

A lot of time has passed since then and although the man known as “Mayhem” hasn’t curbed his wild ways altogether, he does seem to have matured as a fighter and a person. Miller needs the victory here to prove to the casual fans that he’s not just a charismatic also-ran, but a viable middleweight title contender.

This is truly a career crossroads for Bisping. If he wins, then his name will surely be up there in title contention, but if he were to lose it would be a long hard road back to where he is now.

Bisping has only ever been defeated by former world champions and that is where Miller would appear to be a potential banana skin, as he possesses a high level of skill without being a top-ten contender. Many insiders will say that if Bisping can’t overcome Miller, how could he even come close to beating the likes of Anderson Silva.

The man known as “The Count” is always looking to develop and strengthen his overall game though and he has shown definitive improvement year-on-year. If ever there was a time for Bisping to grab the bull by the horns and pull off a dominant victory, that time is now.

The full card for The Ultimate Fighter Finale is yet to be confirmed, although it has been announced that former TUF winner Tony Ferguson will take on veteran Yves Edwards in a mouth-watering lightweight clash. There will, of course, also be the two finals for the current season, which will crown a new TUF winner in both the bantamweight and featherweight divisions.

Expect the rest of the card to feature other competitors from this year’s show as the UFC will be looking to retain the more promising fighters in both weight classes to flesh out their relatively small 135- and 145-pound rosters.

We will, of course, bring you all the fallout from the main event in next week’s Brits & Pieces.

Lee Draws Yamamoto in Japan

Vaughan Lee (Sherdog)

British bantamweight Vaughan Lee has been handed a second chance to secure a victory in the UFC, as he has been booked to face Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto in February.

Lee recently made his debut for the promotion on home soil at UFC 138 in Birmingham, England, where he came up just short against Chris Cariaso, losing by split decision.

Unfortunately for Lee, he will encounter a completely different atmosphere when he takes on the Japanese favourite Yamamoto at UFC 144, where the partisan crown will be squarely on the side of their compatriot.

Although Yamamoto has yet to impress in the UFC after several very successful years in his homeland, he is regarded as an internationally ranked 135-pound fighter. If Lee can come away with a win, it would certainly be regarded as a major shock.

The event is to be held Feb. 26 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and will also see another local favourite, Takanori Gomi, take on George Sotiropoulos. The main event slot is occupied by an intriguing lightweight title bout between Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson.

Cage Rage UK 25: The Beat Down – Preview

Denniston Sutherland (mmaxfighter.com)

In more local action, “Cage Rage UK 25: The Beat Down” comes to us Saturday from London’s most versatile arena, The Troxy. This event will bring the curtain down on what has been an exciting year of action with Cage Rage UK proving why they are regarded as one of Europe’s leading MMA organisations.

With three fighters pulling out just five days before the event, promoter Dave O’Donnell was left in an awkward position, but with an extensive roster of fighters, he was quickly able to replace all three injured competitors on Monday morning.

Headlining the event will be Denniston Sutherland, who defends his middleweight title for the first time against Jake Bostwick. The two previously met in February 2010, when Bostwick won by split decision, much to the dismay of Sutherland and the fans in attendance. Since that night, Sutherland has finished three of his previous five wins and will be eager to carry on that impressive run of not leaving his fate in the hands of the judges.

The K1 middleweight title will also be on the line as Mark Weir defends his crown against Louis King. Weir lost the middleweight title to Denniston Sutherland in June and will be doing everything in his power not to lose his K1 crown. However, King has been knocking opponents out left, right and centre in the cage this year and is currently one of the most exciting fighters at Cage Rage UK and will be a stern test for Weir.

Welshman Chris Harman steps up to the heavyweight division looking to take out “The Shark” Mark Potter as they face off for the vacant K1 title. Both men have punching power, but Potter is the more proven of the two, as showcased in his Cage Rage fights as well as in a KO of American star Eric “Butterbean” Esch in a boxing contest.

Exciting prospects Wendle Lewis and Iain Martell will be looking to make a statement, with both men gunning for the vacant titles in the welterweight and light-heavyweight divisions respectively.

Making his début on the preliminary card will be bantamweight Nathan Greyson. The man known as “The Surgeon” is a product of Lions Pride MMA and he showcased his impressive skill set at WCMMA. Mentored by Jimi Manuwa, Greyson will surely be one to watch in 2012.


Sky Sports Card

  • Jake Bostwick vs. Denniston Sutherland – MW Title
  • Chris Harman vs. Mark Potter – HW K1 Title
  • Louis King vs. Mark Weir – MW K1 Title
  • Ricky Campbell vs. Ben Smith – LHW
  • Earl Brown vs. Iain Martell – LHW
  • Miguel Bernard vs. Andre McIntyre – MW K1

Preliminary Card

  • Lee Caers vs. Ben Craggy – MW
  • Andy Cona vs. Wendle Lewis – WW
  • Brendon Katz vs. Huseyin Garabet – FW
  • Steve Brazier vs. Nathan Greyson – BW
  • Peter Craete vs. Jason Radcliffe – MW
  • Sam Boo vs. Michael Page – WW
  • Spe McMorris vs. Carl Hunt – BW

Credit to www.cagerageuk.com for the information.

Top Photo: Michael Bisping (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

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