Last week on The Ultimate Fighter 14, fans were treated to a two fight episode where Team Miller was victorious in both bout, pushing their record at 4-0 in the competition. Dennis Bermudez finished Stephen Bass in the second round with strikes while Dustin Pague choked out Louis Gaudinot in the second round as well.
Rather than a simple recap, throughout the festivities, this fall 5 OZ will be providing live commentary during each episode including assessments of each fighter and breakdowns of the action, not to mention a snarky remark or two relating to the behavior of coaches and contestants.
Read below to get our take on things as they unfold in this week’s episode (and make sure to join in on the discussion in the “Comments” section below:
*We start with Diego Brandao of Team Bisping starts yelling at Steven Siler for no reason. Why are all people named Diego a little weird?
*At the house, Jason Miller brings Dustin Neace a cowboy hat with a “B” on it. Josh Ferguson calls Dustin a “swagger jacker.” Miller finds out that John Dodson is the narc on his team, so he switches the fights around. Instead of Dustin fighting Akira Corassani next week, he’s going to fight him this week. The original plan was for Steven to fight Diego. Steven continues to cut weight like he’s going to fight. I should also note that Team Miller feels that Akira is overweight and will have trouble cutting.
*At Team Bisping training, TJ Dillashaw tells Bisping that Steven will be fighting Diego. That’s the info that he got from John anyway. Bisping is excited about Diego fighting because he thinks he’s a killer. YES! a killer.
*Josh decides to steal Dustin’s hat and jack his swagger back. Dustin thinks Akira did it, so now he’s ready to kill him. YES! kill him. Dustin takes all of Akira’s stuff in the kitchen and puts it in a trash bag. Then, at the gym, he throws Akira’s equipement all over the locker room. Akira wants a bareknuckle fight in the garden. Doesn’t he know that gets him kicked off the show?
*At the fight announcement, Akira and Dustin keep trash talking. Both guys want the other to perform sexual favors on them. No, seriously. Akira and Dustin is announced. They go nose to nose. Dustin tries a takedown, Akira stuffs it, and then throws down Dustin. Then Bisping and Miller exchange words. The guy who controls the bleep button earned his money just based on this segment.
*As Team Miller walks away, Bisping continues to trash talk Miller. In the locker room, Miller tells John that he caused all the drama. John responds with, “I know.” Well, at least he knows. That’s the first step.
*Akira works on getting up off his back in training. He doesn’t do a very good job. I’m not sure that it helps that Tiki is trying to coach him.
*Bisping no shows the weigh-in this week. Both guys make weight. Bisping shows up during the staredown with a bag. Whatchu got in that bag? It’s not revealed.
*TJ and Josh take the “M” from “Miller” in his parking spot and put it in the handicap spot. Miller parks there and Team Bisping tells their coach that he should call the cops. Well if that’s the payoff, then cool. If there’s no payoff, then the prank sucked.
*Featherweight Fight – Dustin Neace (Team Miller) vs. Akira Corassani (Team Bisping): Dustin seemed to be controlling things on the feet early in the first but then he went for a spinning back kick and ended up on his back. Akira stayed on top for the better part of three minutes and landed some good elbows. Dustin went for a heel hook and claimed that Akira tapped but the ref didn’t call the fight. Dustin scored with one last takedown to end the round. The first round probably went to Akira based on damage and control. Between rounds, Dustin still contends that Akira tapped. Rousimar Palhares agrees. Both men land their fair share of punches early in the second round but Akira ended up dropping Dustin with a left hook at the halfway point. He tries to finish with strikes on the ground but Dustin survived. Akira stayed on top the rest of the round and landed some good elbows while also surviving a couple of weak submission attempts.
*Dustin takes a seat in his corner after the second, possibly preparing for a third round, and Akira stands in front of him and makes a machine gun motion right in front of Dustin. This leads to Miller squirting water on Bisping and more words between the two. Keith Kizer warns Akira that he’s going to suspend Akira for his little stunt.
*On the replay, it looks like Akira does give a single tap when he was in the knee bar, but because the ref didn’t call it, there’s nothing anyone can do.
*The show ends with Miller’s car being towed. So at least there was a payoff.