“The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale” took place Saturday night inside the The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Saturday’s show featured a middleweight shootout between Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller. In addition, T.J. Dillashaw met John Dodson in the bantamweight finals and Dennis Bermudez battled Diego Brandao in the featherweight finals of the TUF 14 tournaments.
The tourney winners secured their futures with the UFC by scoring six-figure contracts.
Here are the official results and play-by-play:
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Bryan Caraway Defeated Dustin Neace via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:38 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Caraway catches him with a right hook and follows up with an uppercut. Caraway secures a takedown, but Neace throws his legs over his head and tries for a triangle choke. Caraway scrambles free and ends up in side-control. Caraway, 10-9
2ndRound: Caraway working the leg kicks early in the second stanza. He scores another takedown and once again lands in side-control. Caraway takes Neace’s back and locks in both hooks. Neace is forced to tapout to a rear-naked choke.
Steven Siler Defeated Josh Clopton Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Siler landing several knees in the clinch. Clopton connects with a one-two combo. Clopton tags him again with a left. Siler attempts an arm-in guillotine as the horn sounds. That may have won him the close round. Siler, 10-9.
2ndRound: Siler comes out like a house on fire, unleashing one knee after another while in the clinch. Clopton abruptly takes him down and unloads some hammer-fists. Siler works his way back to his feet. Clopton once again gets caught in the Thai clinch and eats more knees, both to the body and grill. Siler clocks him with a right hand. Clopton’s face is busted up. Siler, 10-9.
3rdRound: Clopton takes him down and has three minutes to work. Siler gets back up and connects on a couple more knees. Clopton takes him down immediately, but isn’t unleashing enough ground-and-pound to finish the fight. Clopton, 10-9.
Roland Delorme Defeated Josh Ferguson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at :22 3rdRound
1stRound: Ferguson rocks him with a right hand. Delorme gets the fight to the mat and attempts an arm-in guillotine. Delorme now goes for a triangle choke. The lock is secure, but not tight enough to choke him out so he’s tagging him with shots to the face instead. Ferguson does a fantastic job of avoiding a couple of submissions and wiggles free. Delorme, 10-9.
2ndRound: Ferguson clocks him with a big left. Much slower pace in this round, but Ferguson is winning the standup battle. Ferguson attempts a guillotine choke to no avail. Delorme eats a right hand on the way up. Ferguson, 10-9.
3rdRound: Roland drops him with a left jab and immediately jumps on his back. He locks in a rear-naked choke and forces Ferguson to cry uncle.
John Albert Defeated Dustin Pague via TKO (Strikes) at 1:09 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Albert quickly drops him with a right hook. He goes in for the kill and has Pague’s right hand tied up and unloading shots to the face. It’s a wrap.
Marcus Brimage Defeated Stephen Bass via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Brimage is pushing the pace early, peppering Bass with a barrage of shots to the face. He’s now scoring with some solid dirty boxing. Brimage doing a great job of closing the distance and keeping Bass off balance with his unpredictable strikes. Brimage, 10-9.
2ndRound: Bass takes a shot to the groin and time is called. Game on. Bass now returns the favor with a more vicious shot to the nuts. Game on. Both kicks were accidental. Brimage briefly floors him with a left. Brimage is really finding a home for his inside leg kick. Bass clips him with a right hook. Bass gets stuffed on a takedown attempt. Brimage, 10-9.
3rdRound: Bass comes out with a greater sense of urgency and stuns Brimage with a punch to the dome. He follows up with a flying knee. Not much landing from either fighter in the middle part of the round. Brimage connects on some right hands. They are swinging for the fences and Brimage hits the canvas as the horn sounds. Bass, 10-9 but loses the contest, 29-28.
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Johnny Bedford Defeated Louis Gaudinot via TKO (Strikes) at 1:58 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Bedford takes him down in less than a minute. Gaudinot works his way to his feet and eats a knee for his efforts. Bedford instantly slams him back to the canvas and lands in full-mount. Bedford transitions to his back and has both hooks in. Bedford, 10-9.
2ndRound: Bedford gets a quick takedown and punishes Gaudinot as he works to his feet. Beford leads him to the mat again and is simply smothering him. He moves to full-mount and is laying the lumber. Bedford attempts an armbar as the horn sounds. Bedford, 10-9.
3rdRound: Gaudinot scores his first points of the match with a spinning back-fist. Bedford is unfazed and drops him with a shot to the body. Gaudinot is covering up as Bedford brings the pain. The fight is called.
Tony Ferguson Defeated Yves Edwards via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Ferguson tags him with three straight leg kicks. Edwards counters with a head kick. Edwards scores on a kick-punch combo. Ferguson is unloading big punches and appears to have the veteran dazed. Edwards answers with a head kick. Ferguson goes for a rolling omoplata to no avail. The horn blares as they exchange leather. Ferguson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Edwards unleashing a diversified barrage of strikes, punches, kicks and a flying knee – all landed. Ferguson nails him with a right uppercut. Edwards hits him with an overhand right, but eats a left in return. Ferguson secures a takedown as the round ends. Edwards takes a close one, 10-9.
3rdRound: Solid sparring session by both lightweights in the last round, it’s tough to tell who’s winning. The fight is up for grabs with two minutes to go. Edwards scores with a head kick and follows up with an overhand right. Great fight, this was the closest round. Edwards, 10-9 and wins the bout, 29-28.
John Dodson Defeated T.J. Dillashaw via TKO (Strikes) 1:54 in the 1stRound
(Dodson wins TUF 14 Bantamweight Tournament and six-figure UFC contract)
1stRound: Dotson drops him with a left-right combo and goes in for the kill. The fight is instantly stopped. The action was really fast, but it appeared referee Herb Dean may have stopped it early. On replay, I think it was ended prematurely because Dillashaw was trying to grab Dotson’s ankle and scramble back to his feet.
Diego Brandao Defeated Dennis Bermudez via Submission (Armbar) at 4:51 in the 1stRound
(Brandao wins TUF 14 Featherweight Tournament and six-figure UFC contract)
1stRound: Bermudez eats a right and drops to the canvas. He’s back to his feet and appears to have recovered. Brandao tags him with another right. Brandao nails him with a flying knee and takes his back. He slams him to the canvas. Bermudez now floors him with a quick right and pounces. He’s a little overzealous with his attack and Brandao catches him with an armbar. Bermudez immediately taps out. Crazy fight.
Michael Bisping Defeated Jason Miller via TKO (Strikes) at 3:34 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: They exchange kicks and Bisping has him pressed against the fence. Miller scores on a right hand. He follows up with a left and gets a takedown. Mayhem had him pinned for a while but didn’t unload many shots. Bisping finally gets to his feet. Miller, 10-9.
2ndRound: Bisping tags him with a one-two combo. Miller gets denied on a single-leg takedown attempt. Time is called after an accidental headbutt. Game on. Miller working hard for another takedown, but can’t get one. Bisping is starting to pick him apart with big punches. Miller looks gassed and his grill is jacked. Bisping, 10-9.
3rdRound: Miller is still game, but his left eye is swelling badly. Time is called after Bisping takes a finger to the eye. Game on. Bisping unloading some nasty ground-and-pound, including knees to the body. The scrap is called because Miller isn’t intelligently defending himself. Miller admits to his corner that he’s exhausted.