After ten weeks of reality television and months of buildup, the coaches of season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, would finally meet inside the Octagon.  In addition to the main event between Bisping and Miller, the finale also featured the featherweight final between Diego Brandao and Dennis Bermudez and the bantamweight final between John Dodson and T.J. Dillashaw.  The TUF 14 Finale took place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and was aired live on Spike TV.

Bisping Finishes Miller

Michael Bisping and Jason Miller both talked their share of trash during the taping of The Ultimate Fighter season 14 reality show, and tonight was the night that they would be forced to back up everything that they said.

Both fighters came out ready to fight.  Miller was more than happy to stand in the pocket and exchange with Bisping.  Both fighters looked to find their range in the early moments of the fight, with each fighter landing solid combinations.  Miller, however, was the aggressor and seemed to initiate most of the contact.  After showing Bisping that he was not scared to stand and exchange, Miller worked Bisping up against the cage and was able to secure a takedown.  Though he was not able to inflict any damage, he was able to control the round and dominate position.

The second and third round told a different story.  Miller seemed to be extremely tired coming into the second round and his performance showed it.  Miller was slow with his movement and he was no longer throwing any combinations and Bisping began to find his range.  Bisping began to pick Miller apart on the feet and stuffed every takedown attempt.  For the next round and a half, Miller offered very little offense or defense as Bisping just punished him.

In round three, Miller had nothing left and it was just a matter of time before Bisping would finish the fight.  Bisping continued to punish Miller on the feet and “Mayhem” could not secure a takedown.  After stuffing another takedown, Bisping was able to get dominant position on Miller’s back and ultimately forced the referee to step in and stop the fight.  Bisping won the fight by TKO in round three.

Brandao submits Bermudez; wins UFC contract

Diego Brandao put fear into most of the competitors in the Ultimate Fighter house, but Bermudez was not one of them.  Even though he was aware of his knockout power and aggressive style, Bermudez was not afraid of Brandao and tonight he proved it.

Both fighters came out throwing punches.  The action went back and forth with nobody really getting the edge until Brandao was able to drop Bermudez.  Bermudez immediately returned to his feet and both fighters went back to throwing punches, looking to control the standup action.  With both fighters looking for their range, Bermudez was able to counter Brandao, sending him to the canvas.  Bermudez immediately jumped on Brandao looking for the finish, but Brandao was able to stay composed, weather the storm and work his submissions.  While Bermudez was raining down hammer fists, Brandao secured an arm and rolled Bermudez into an armbar forcing him to tap.  Brandao wins by armbar in the first round.

Dodson KO’s Dillashaw to earn UFC contract

All season long, people discounted John Dodson because he was one of the smallest guys in the competition, but what he lacks in size he makes up for with talent and heart.  Tonight, Dodson showed the world that it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog that matters and the inside Dodson cannot be measured.

T.J. Dillashaw came out attempting to use his reach to his advantage, standing on the outside picking his shots and working leg kicks.  Both fighters tried to find their range and once Dodson did, he made Dillashaw pay.  Dodson was able to catch Dillashaw with a counter left hook that hurt him and Dodson pounced all over him, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in and stop the fight.  Dodson wins the fight by KO in round one.

Ferguson earns unanimous decision over Edwards

Tony Ferguson won season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter and on the season finale of season 14, Ferguson wanted to remind the world that he belongs in the UFC.  Yves Edwards, however, had different plans.

Both fighters came out a little tentative, but it was Ferguson who ultimately landed the first significant shot of the fight.  Ferguson landed a stiff uppercut that hurt Edwards in round one.

In round two, though, it was Edwards who landed the more significant shots.  Edwards landed a nice body kick that seemed to knock the wind out of Ferguson and when the round was over it was Ferguson who seemed to be the worse for wear.

Ferguson would rebound in the third.  He was able to keep Edwards at bay and used his striking to control the fight.  Ferguson won this fight by unanimous decision.

Bedford dominates Gaudinot

The opening bout of the main card featured Johnny Bedford against Louis Gaudinot.  On paper, this looked like a solid match-up.  In reality, it was a one-sided beat down.  From the opening round, Bedford used his superior size, strength and length to control the fight, dictate the pace and completely dominate Gaudinot in all aspects of the fight.

Bedford came out aggressive and immediately took the fight to Gaudinot.   Bedford picked his punches and executed his game plan before finishing this fight in the third round by TKO.

Main Card Results
  • Michael Bisping def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 3:34
  • Diego Brandao def. Dennis Bermudez via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:51 – to win “TUF 14″ featherweight tourney
  • John Dodson def. T.J. Dillashaw via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:54 – to win “TUF 14″ bantamweight tourney
  • Tony Ferguson def. Yves Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Johnny Bedford def. Louis Gaudinot via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:58
Undercard Results
  • Marcus Brimage def. Stephen Bass via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • John Albert def. Dustin Pague via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:09
  • Roland Delorme def. Josh Ferguson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 0:22
  • Steven Siler def. Josh Clopton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Bryan Caraway def. Dustin Neace via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:38

Photo: Dodson (top) vs. Dillashaw (Scott Petersen/MMA Weekly)