The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 Finale – Mayhem Miller Vs. Michael Bisping Play By Play

Mayhem Miller and Michael Bisping brought a little fire back onto The Ultimate Fighter after a coaches’ friendlier version last season. It was well needed too. The show is on its last legs of the current revision, but thanks to Michael Bisping as one of the great heels going today and Mayhem as the goofy good guy, as well as some exciting fights from the bantamweight and featherweight guys, it was a really good season. Next season, the show moves to FX and the fight is live every Friday night.

1. Louis Gaudinot vs. Johnny Bedford

Bedford tooled him the entire round. He was on top of him and in the mount for most of the round with Gaudinot only able to cover up because he couldn’t buck him off. Near the end of the round he was back to his feet but took a lot of punishment and his eyes show it.

Bedford had Gaudinot up against the cage and he was unleashing punches, but he doesn’t have much power. He took it back to the ground. He beat up Gaudinot more on the ground and basically just got bored, and maneuvered into an arm bar. He couldn’t separate Gaudinot’s hands as the bell ended. Gaudinot may be stopped in the next round.

Bedford landed a pretty vicious knee that sent Gaudinot down and he followed up with some ground and pound and finally got the stoppage. Thankfully.

Winner: Johnny Bedford by way of 3rd round TKO

2. Tony Ferguson vs. Yves Edwards

Fantastic first round. Edwards looked really good for about 2 1/2 minutes. He was landing some nice counter punches and had Ferguson off-balanced. But Ferguson has the heavier hands and landed the bigger shots. Edwards spend the last minute of the fight trying to stay on his feet. Ferguson has him timed a lot better now.

Edwards surprisingly bloodied Ferguson’s nose. Rogan keeps saying that Edwards’ shots aren’t flush or as on the money as Ferguson’s, but the blood says differently. Ferguson is throwing a lead uppercut. Ferguson tried to steal the round at the end with a takedown. Edwards tried too, but he was stuffed.

Another strong and competitive round. These last two rounds were hard to score. I think I’d give the fight to Ferguson because he was setting the pace and landing the more consistent shots. Edwards was hard to root against though. He was throwing a lot of high kicks and fought a really strong fight.

Winner: Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision

The scores were 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.

3. John Dodson vs. TJ Dillashaw
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Strikeforce: Destruction – Bobby Southworth vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral

Cactus Jim and I are going to the HP Pavilion tonight to watch Strikeforce: Destruction. The goal is to try and blog the phone from my mobile phone while watching the show.

Here’s a link to photos taken at the show.

1. Zakary Bucia vs. Adam Steele

Bucia got on top and locked in a guillotine for the tap very quickly.

Winner: Zakary Bucia

2. Alvin Cacdac vs. Jose Palacios

They had some good exchanges with both guys scoring. Cacdac went for the takedown but Palacio ended up on top, but Cacdac reversed position and ended up on top when the round ended.

Palacios had a triangle but Cacdac got out of it and tapped him out to a rear naked choke.

Winner: Alvin Cacdac

3. Brad Royster vs. Darren Uyenoyama

Royster had a guillotine early on but Uyenoyama worked for a rear naked for a lot of the round.

Uyenoyama spent the entire round working for submissions nearly getting an armbar.

It was on the feet for most of the third. Uyenoyama was back on top of him working for the submission as the round ended.

Winner: Darren Uyenoyama

Dave Meltzer says Uyenoyama is heading to Japan next year for Dream’s featherweight tourney.

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Strikeforce “Destruction” Card Is Finalized

Cactus Jim and I should be attending the next Strikeforce card scheduled for November 21 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Josh “The Punk” Thomson defends his newly won lightweight championship against Yves Edwards. Edwards beat him in the UFC several years ago and this is a chance for Thomson to avenge one of his two losses. His other loss was to Clay Guida.

While I would’ve rather seen a rematch between Thomson and Gilbert Melendez, though this should be a good fight.

Renato “Babalu” Sobral is also challenging for Bobby Southworth’s light heavyweight championship. That’s definitely a step up in competition for Southworth.

Here’s the full card thanks to MMA Mania.

Main event:

155 lbs.: Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2) vs. Yves Edwards (34-14-1)

Rest of the card:

205 lbs.: Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Bobby Southworth (9-5) vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7)
170 lbs.: Joe “Diesel” Riggs (28-11) vs. Luke Stewart (6-1)
175 lbs.: Lemont Davis (2-1) vs. Brian Schwartz (0-1)
135 lbs.: Brad Royster (1-1) vs. Darren Uyenoyama (4-2)
185 lbs.: Tony Johnson (3-0) vs. Eric Lawson (7-2)
145 lbs.: Alvin Cacdac (4-4) vs. Jose Palacios (3-1)
155 lbs.: Bobby Stack (5-1) vs. Cyrillo Padilha (2-2)
155 lbs.: Zakary Bucia (0-1) vs. Jaime Rodriguez (0-0)
185 lbs.: Kurt Osiander (3-1) vs. Raul Castillo (5-0)
185 lbs.: Nik Theotikos (5-1) vs. Luke Rockhold (2-1)

Review: UFC 43 – Randy Couture Vs. Chuck Liddell Part I

Though I’d been following the UFC for about a year through newsletters and the Internet, I hadn’t bought a PPV until UFC 43. I was a big Chuck Liddell fan, mostly because my co-worker Jeremiah Miller was a college buddy of Chuck’s. He gave me a signed poster that I still have today and I’ve been a big Liddell fan since. Jeremiah was even named in Chuck’s biography.

I remember buying this show mostly because my then wife was out of town on business and I had two toddlers to watch all weekend. When they went to sleep, I didn’t really have anything to do and figured that because I was a young dad home alone with his two young boys, I deserved to spend some money on an event. But also, I expected Chuck Liddell to win the interim light heavyweight championship in his match with Randy Couture and I wanted to see it happen. Let’s just say that I wasn’t a happy Chuck fan that night.

Couture wasn’t necessarily a set up for Liddell that night, but the fight was there for Chuck to win. Couture was a former heavyweight champion, but he was 38 years old and people were saying that he was now over the hill. He dieted down to make the 205 lb weight limit and looked to have nearly zero body fat. The reason Randy and Chuck were fighting rather than Chuck and Tito Ortiz (who was the champion at the time) was because Ortiz bailed on the fight. After beating Ken Shamrock (which was actually the first UFC PPV I ever saw), Tito seemed noncommittal about fighting Chuck after pretty much saying that he had to take care of Shamrock first and then he’d be ready. When push came to shove, Tito wasn’t there so Dana White and company decided to put Liddell in there with Couture to determine the interim champ. And then, Ortiz would have to face the winner.

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“Strikeforce on NBC” Draws 1.1 Million Viewers

Strikeforce’s Mike Afromowitz sent out a press release with the information that their “Strikeforce on NBC” late night television show did its best rating ever last Saturday, doing 1.1 million viewers. The show featured the Trevor Prangley vs. Anthony Ruiz bout from the Playboy Mansion.

I’ve seen the show several times and what impresses me most about the show is that it’s put together tightly, and you don’t feel like you’re wasting a moment of your time when you watch it. It’s only 30 minutes long and for the most part, other than some introduction to the fighters, you get nothing but fighting. Also, if you have high definition, you should be able to find it on one of your high definition channels. In the Bay Area where I live, it comes on Universal HD.

This weekend is the premiere showing of Josh Thomson’s victory over Gilbert Melendez from the summer. Thomson won Melendez’s Strikeforce lightweight championship.

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