Last week on The Ultimate Fighter 14, bantamweight TJ Dillashaw made it to the finals with a decision victory over Dustin Pague. Tonight is the final episode of the season and featherweights Diego Brandao and Bryan Caraway will battle for the final spot against Dennis Bermudez while bantamweight teammates Johnny Bedford and John Dodson will look to challenge Dillashaw in the finals.
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:
*Since John Dodson and Johnny Bedford are both on Team Miller, Jason decides that he’s going to sit on the sidelines and let his assistant coaches take over.
*Bedford’s game plan is to takedown Dodson. Dodson’s game plan is to not let that happen. Who will follow the game plan? Both guys make weight. Bisping asks Miller who he thinks will win and Miller says, “the fans.” Clearly Jason has been talking to Bren.
*Bedford does some shadow boxing in the pool. That never works for BJ Penn. Dodson says he’s going to win because he’s awesome and Bedford is not. The Miz approves of Dodson.
*Bantamweight Semifinal Fight – Johnny Bedford (Team Miller) vs. John Dodson (Team Bisping): The first round was close but Dodson did a nice job using his speed and hooks to get in and out before Bedford could connect. Both men scored with a takedown but they each got up immediately. Dodson busted the nose of Bedford and landed the cleaner, more powerful strikes, which was enough to give him the round. Dodson dropped Bedford early in the second round with left hook and then knocked him out cold with a series of hammerfists. A great overall performance by Dodson.
Result: John Dodson def. Johnny Bedford via KO Round 2 (Punches)
*The doctor asks Bedford where he is and he says, “Ohio.” Yikes.
*Bryan Caraway is in the hot tub worrying about the strength of Diego Brandao while Diego is sharpening a knife on a rock. I think Miesha Tate has a better chance than Bryan.
*Bryan is putting a ton of pressure on himself in this fight. He says he hates MMA and that he always throws up before a fight. Miller tries to play Dr. Phil with Bryan, but I’m not sure it’s working. Miller says that Bryan is skilled enough to beat Diego, but is worried about his mental state.
*Diego and Bryan make weight. Bisping bets Miller $100 on the fight. These guys are main event fighters and they’re only betting 100 bucks? Come on guys.
*It’s the last night in the house, which means it’s party time. Miller joins the festivities, riding a bike around and jumping it into the pool. Diego and Bryan try to stay focussed while everyone else has fun.
*Featherweight Semifinal Fight – Bryan Caraway (Team Miller) vs. Diego Brandao (Team Bisping): Bryan tried and failed with a lot of early takedowns. Bryan kept it relatively even on the feet though, mixing things up and avoiding the power strikes of Diego. Diego eventually rocked him with a left hook and followed it up with a jumping knee that wobbled Bryan. Diego was all over him after that. When Bryan was on the ground, Diego bombed on him with punches. Bryan somehow survived, got up, took a head kick, and went down again. One more big punch on the ground and he was out. Bryan took a beating for nearly a minute at the end.
Result: Diego Brandao def. Bryan Caraway via KO Round 1 (Strikes)
*So the finals are Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez in the bantamweight finals and Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez in the featherweight finals. Plus Jason Miller vs. Michael Bisping in the main event.
*Bisping and Miller square off and talk a bunch of trash to end the show and the season.