Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TUF 14 Finale Preview

After whittling down the cast of 32 fighters, the TUF 14 Finale has been set which will be headlined by the coach on coach match-up of Michael Bisping versus Jason "Mayhem" Miller. The featherweight final pits Diego Brandao against Dennis Bermudez, while the bantamweight final pits John Dodson against TJ Dillashaw.

145 - Featherweight -

(Bisping) Diego "Ceara" Brandao (13-7)- Tough 6 year fight veteran currently of Team Jackson MMA and riding a 3 fight win streak, he has compiled 8 KO's and 3 submissions in his career. Originally from Brazil, Diego's big wins have come over Fabiano Silva (16-4), UFC veteran Brian Foster (15-5) and James King (15-10).

Brandao used a left hook and flying forearm on Jesse Newell (6-1) in his first fight, then KO'd Steven Siler (18-9) in his second TUF bout. To earn a trip to the finals, Diego rattled Brian Caraway and kept up punishing the Team Alpha Male fighter before the stoppage win.

(Mayhem) Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez (7-2)- Began career 7-0, before being subbed in his last two fights. His biggest career win came over UFC veteran Shannon Gugerty. Bermudez dropped a round before coming to life in the second, defeating the hyped Jimmie Rivera (8-1).

In his second TUF fight, Bermudez won via TKO on a roughed-up Stephan Bass (10-0). In his fight to make the finals, Bermudez took some punishment standing before tapping out Hamid "Akira" Corassani (9-3).

135 - Bantamweight

(Mayhem) John "The Magician" Dodson (11-5)- Team Jackson trained fighter who normally fights at 125, only losses due to decision. Last fights were victories over John Moraga (7-1) and Jessie Riggleman (10-2). Record also listed at 14-5. Dodson beat Brandon Merkt (11-0) after a body punch in the opening round. He next took a lopsided decision over John Albert (6-1) in the second round. To earn his trip to the finals, Dodson brutally KO'd Johnny Bedford.

(Bisping) T.J. Dillashaw (4-0)- Based out of Team Alpha Male, Dillashaw was a collegiate wrestler at Cal State Fullerton. Was victorious over then undefeated Taylor McCorriston (5-1) in his last bout via TKO. Dillashaw won his opening round TUF fight against Matt Jaggers (20-7) via TKO, and next defeated Roland Delorme (6-1) via RNC. To make it to the finals, Dillashaw won a unanimous decision against Dustin Pague (10-4).
(Dillashaw wrestling at Cal State)

Here is the full fight line-up which kicks off at 8/7 central this Saturday on Spike TV live from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The official fight time of the prelims probably will be around 6/5 central.


Michael Bisping v. Jason "Mayhem" Miller
Dennis Bermudez v. Diego Brandao - FW FINALE
John Dodson v. T.J. Dillashaw - BW FINALE
Yves Edwards v. Tony Ferguson
Johnny Bedford v. Louis Gaudinot


Marcus Brimage v. Stephan Bass
John Albert v. Dustin Pague
Roland Delorme v. Josh Ferguson
Josh Clopton v. Steven Siler
Bryan Caraway v. Dustin Neace


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Anonymous said...

I got Diego and TJ winning it all.