TUF 14 Finale Recap: Bisping dominates, Brandao and Dodson win in the finalsPosted on December 4, 2011, 12:09 AM by Trent Reinsmith
The main event sure wasn’t pretty as Michael Bisping dominated Jason “Mayhem” Miller on his way to a third round TKO victory. Miller started out on the right path, taking Bisping to the ground and controlling him, but after the fight went back to standing he really offered nothing other than a target for Bisping to train his hands on.
After the Bantamweight and Featherweight “TUF” Finale fights, the main event proved to be a bit of a letdown as Miller ran out of gas and Bisping picked him apart with strikes.
Questions after seeing Jason Miller vs. Michael Bisping:
-Is “Mayhem” Miller all hype and no substance? Jason Miller had many believing that he had the skillset to defeat Michael Bisping. He didn’t. Miller did take the first round by scoring a takedown and locking Bisping up against the cage, but after that he offered nothing. His strikes were sloppy and slow, his gas tank was running on E early in the fight and he was essentially a punching bag for Bisping for rounds two and three. Sure he puts butts in the seats, but after tonight it will be interesting to see what the UFC does with him next.
-Did Michael Bisping set himself up for a title eliminator bout? The UFC’s middleweight division is a bit confusing at this point in time. Highly ranked Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz will meet on January 28, while the champion Anderson Silva will not be ready to go until June at the earliest. The question then is does the winner of Sonnen vs. Munoz get a shot at Silva or does the winner of that fight have to go through Bisping before getting a shot at Silva?
-What’s next for “Mayhem” Miller? Miller’s performance left a lot to be desired tonight, so the question is where does he go from here? Should the UFC give him an opponent a bit lower ranked than Bisping in his next fight or should they give him the Akiyama treatment, putting him against tough opponent after tough opponent? It’s a tough call as Miller does put butts in the seats, but with another performance like Saturday’s, how long will he be a draw?
Notes and more questions following The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale:
-Are John Dodson and Diego Brandao ready for the next step in competition? The two fighters that took home the six figure contracts for season 14 of “TUF” looked solid during their run through the field to get to that prize. They also showed that they have certain qualities that could make them fan favorites, the question is will those qualities flourish when they step up to UFC level competition?
-Who stays and who goes? Will any of the other “TUF” competitors move to the UFC after tonight’s fights and if so, who stays and who goes? It’s a tough call for Dana White and Joe Silva, especially after proclaiming that this season possessed the most talented group of fighters in the history of “TUF.”
LowKick.com The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale Main Card Awards:
-Fight of the Night: Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez. These two went after it right from the get go. Bermudez showed no fear in exchanging with Brandao early in the fight, something that many thought would happen. In fact Bermudez showed that he had the ability in his hands to put Brandao down, his mistake may have been the fact that he overlooked the jiu-jitsu skills of Brandao. The fight lasted less than five minutes, but it was an action packed 4:51.
-Performance of the Night: Diego Brandao. Brandao ran through the “TUF” house with his striking skills. Tonight he showed that he can keep his composure after getting tagged with a solid punch from Bermudez. Brandao took the ground and pound from Bermudez and saw his opening and took it, latching onto a brutal armbar.
-Finish of the Night: John Dodson. Dodson silenced those that said he was too small and that Dillashaw’s wrestling would negate his striking skills. In fact, he did so with authority.