Fight Destiny – The Ultimate Fighter 14 Edition Corey Adams December 6, 2011 News Following every UFC and Strikeforce event, The MMA Corner will break down the event and suggest fights the promotion should make in the future. This week, our focus is on “The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale,” which took place on Dec. 3 from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia After his grudge-match victory over Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Bisping has moved himself one step closer to a long-awaited title shot, but he still has some work to do to get to Anderson Silva. If Bisping and Silva were matched up next for the belt, it would be a lopsided victory for Silva. Bisping has many flaws in his game that need to be fixed, most importantly is his cardio, as he was gassed midway through his fight on Saturday. An opponent that seems reasonable for the Brit next is someone who has fought for the title before, Demian Maia. Maia didn’t come close to beating the champion at UFC 112, but he was basically thrown into the fire to take on the best fighter in the world. However, Maia has the best ground game in the middleweight division with a third-degree black belt in BJJ. This would cause problems for Bisping. Bisping is good at stuffing takedowns, but was exploited against Miller, as “Mayhem” was able to take him down a few times during the course of the bout. If Maia is able to put Bisping on his back, there’s no way he’s getting up. Bisping would have the striking advantage, however, but Maia has been training primarily on his boxing. I believe this fight will draw people in as well. Fans from England will tune in to watch their “golden boy” compete, while Brazilians would love to watch Maia showcase his jiu-jitsu. Whoever wins this fight will be the next in line for a title shot after the winner of Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz gets a shot at Anderson Silva. Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Cung Le “Mayhem’s” first fight back in the UFC was not impressive by any means. He had a solid first round by controlling Bisping early, but from then on, it was ugly. Miller has the same problem as Bisping: Cardio. If you ever want to become a champion, you have to be prepared to last a full 25 minutes. If Miller steps into the Octagon the same way as he did on Saturday, we won’t be seeing him anymore in the UFC. To determine who wants to keep their job the most, you match-up two men who are past their prime and are both coming off losses. Those two men are Miller and Cung Le. Le recently fought at UFC 139, losing to Wanderlei Silva by TKO in the second round. At 39-years-old, Le doesn’t have many more years to compete in top shape, so if he loses one more, he’ll likely retire, or at least be cut by the UFC. Miller will have a definite advantage on the ground in this match-up, but the striking will be very intriguing. Le is undefeated as a kickboxer and has won all of his MMA fights by knockout. Miller has the ability to knock people out, but nowhere near the ability as Le. It will interesting to see how Miller would counter what Le has to offer. Also, people will pay to see this fight. Le is an international superstar, as well as in the States. And then there’s Miller, either you love him or hate him. He would certainly hype this fight up with his trash-talking antics. Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins If you didn’t get a chance to watch Brandao fight during The Ultimate Fighter or in the finale, you missed a lot of action. In his finale fight, he locked up a slick armbar to submit Dennis Bermudez to win the six-figure UFC contract. Now Brandao will take on even tougher competition in the featherweight division. A guy I’d like to see him fight is Darren Elkins. Elkins has done well in the UFC, with a record of 3-1, with wins in his last two outings. He previously fought at 155, so he is a bigger featherweight that likes to impose his will on opponents by wrestling them to the mat. It will interesting to see if Elkins will have the same gameplan against a black belt in BJJ. Brandao can not only submit opponents, but also has eight wins by knockout. This will be a tough test for Elkins if he is put in front of the young Brazilian. John Dodson vs. Yves Jabouin/Walel Watson winner Greg Jackson’s camp in Albuquerque, N.M., did very well on Saturday with two of their fighters able to win contracts with the UFC. Dodson won the bantamweight final with an impressive TKO victory over T.J. Dillashaw in round one. Dodson looks capable to step into the mix of talented bantamweights and take down the majority of them, but his young career needs to slowly progress. Yves Jabouin and Walel Watson are competing at UFC 140 this Saturday. Why not take the winner of that bout and match him up with Dodson? Both Jabouin and Watson are trying to get their name out to people in the sport and hoping to move up the ranks to reach the top of the heap. If the UFC puts Dodson in either one of their paths, he’ll be a handful to get past. Tony Ferguson vs. Mac Danzig Mac Danzig (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine) The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 winner Ferguson put on yet another impressive performance on Saturday by earning a unanimous decision over Yves Edwards. Ferguson is quickly progressing as a fighter, both standing and on the ground, and it is just about timefor him to step into the cage with even more talented fighters. One name that comes to mind is another Ultimate Fighter winner, Mac Danzig. Danzig won the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter, but has had a bumpy road in the sport. The UFC doesn’t normally release their Ultimate Fighter winners, but one more loss for Danzig could send him packing. This wouldn’t be a huge step up in competition for Ferguson and he would fare well with Danzig. Expect a good fight if the two are matched up in the future. Johnny Bedford vs. Jeff Hougland Jeff Hougland (L) (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine) In the opening fight of the finale, Bedford was able to defeat cast mate Louis Gaudinot in a dominant fashion by landing brutal knees to the body to force the referee to stop the fight. Bedford looked really solid in the fight and deserves a tough opponent for his next bout. A tough guy in the bantamweight division is Jeff Hougland, who made his UFC debut in July by defeating Donny Walker. So basically, these two men would be in the same situation with a record of 1-0 in the UFC. A win would push their career further, but a loss would set them back. This would be a solid bout to put on a Facebook portion of a card. Top Photo: Michael Bisping silenced Jason “Mayhem” Miller at the TUF 14 Finale (Daniel Herbertson/Sherdog) Corey Adams Thank you. 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