Saturday, December 3, 2011

TUF 14 Finale
     Tonight will be the last Ultimate Fighter finale on Spike TV due to UFC's new deal with FOX.  They will take over the broadcasting rights on January 2012 including TUF on FX.  The finale gives us time to reflect on the great fighters that have made their way through The Ultimate Fighter, who ultimately may not have been discovered or signed to the UFC otherwise.  The new deal will include live fights on FX and each fight will count towards the fighters record.
     As for tonight, the TUF Finale will start with  last years TUF winner, Tony Ferguson (12-2, 2-0 in the UFC) against the long time vet Yves Edwards (41-17-1).  As for the fighters that were a part of this years TUF, in the Bantamweight Final, John Dodson (11-5) will face T.J. Dillashaw (4-0).  The other final is in the Featherweight Division, where Diego Brandao (13-7) faces Dennis Bermudez (7-2).  These fighters are being given the opportunity to fight in the biggest MMA organization and on the biggest stage in the world and are fighting for their future in these two finals tonight.
The fight that I am waiting for will be the fight between the coaches, Jason "Mayhem" Miller (24-7) and Michael Bisping (21-3).  Bisping had an interesting weigh-in, where he was a quarter of a pound overweight, and had some controversial words for the crowd.  This guy can't stop making enemies.  As for the fight itself, both fighters have opposite tactics, so this fight will be decided by who implements their strategies more efficiently.  Miller will try to get this to the ground, and Bisping will try to keep it standing up.  I personally can not stand Bisping, but if he defends against Miller, then he will win this.  If Miller is able to get him down at will, then opportunities will open for Miller and it won't be that much of a stretch for him to win.  As much as I would like to see Miller win, we will have to see if he will be able to finish off Bisping.  Bisping has only lost 3 fights, all to quality opponents (Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, and Wanderlei Silva) who are all better fighters than Miller.  All we can ask for is a good fight, which I think we will get in this one, and out of the whole card for that matter. 


--Johnny Bedford def. Louis Gaudinot by TKO-strikes- Round 3 (1:58)
--Tony Ferguson def. Yves Edwards by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
--John Dodson def. T.J. Dillashaw by ref stoppage TKO Round 1 (1:54) - Dodson the First ever Bantamweight Tournament Winner
--Diego Brandao def.
Dennis Bermudez Submission by armbar Round 1 (4:51) -Brandao  First ever Featherweight Tournament Winner.  What an unbelievable fight.
--Michael Bisping def. Jason Mayhem Miller by TKO-strikes-Round 3 (3:34)


Anonymous said...

I think it's fair to say this event went pretty exactly how the world expected. That being said, I think it was more exciting than the last 10 PPV's I've seen.

Mike Nargi said...

Agreed, this was a very exciting card. The lesser known fighters always seem to put on a better show. They seem to have more to fight for than the big names.