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
We’re down to the final actual episode of the Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. The season finale is this weekend and tonight, we’ll see which other two fighters make it.
Dodson says this fight is different because his opponent (Johnny Bedford) is standing right there watching him. Bedford wants him because he was the mole. Mayhem says that he’ll let the guys choose which assistant coaches they want in their corner and he’ll sit off to the side and just watch.
Dodson says he has a Napoleon complex.
Johnny Bedford vs. John Dodson
It’s 5’10 vs. 5’3. Jeez Dodson, at least say that you’re 5’5.
Pretty close first round. Bedford had some nice counter strikes early on. But Dodson is a problem for him. Whenever he gets in close, he gets punched with a short hook. Both men got takedowns. Bedford looks frustrated.
Bedford rocked him a bit early in the round, but Dodson caught him with a short hook and he went down. Dodson followed up with rapid fire shots on the ground and it was over.
Winner: John Dodson by 2nd round TKO
Bryan Caraway says he’s thrown up before 30 of his 33 fights. Mayhem tries to hype him up a bit. If I had to fight crazy Diego, I’d throw up before the fight too.
On the last night in the house, Mayhem parties with the guys and starts riding his bike while in his underwear. He then jumps into the pool with his bike.
Bryan Caraway vs. Diego Brandao
Diego threw a left hook that put a hole in the door while coming out.
This was one of the poorer stoppages I’ve seen in a while. Diego was all over him and was drilling him with shots on the ground. He took a ton of unnecessary punishment. Caraway had that look on his face that said, “Get me out of here.” Diego is a mini-Mike Tyson.
Winner: Diego Brandao by 1st round TKO
Diego calls out Dennis for talking shit. Dennis looked over to whoever was to his left and said he didn’t say anything. He already looked scared.
Bisping tells Mayhem, “Welcome to the UFC.” Mayhem has already fought in the UFC before buddy.
I’m a little bummed out that we’re nearly done with the season. I believe there are just two episodes left including this one. It’s been a fantastic season. The fights have been good and the back and forth between Mayhem and Bisping has been good as well.
Dustin handed a goody bag to a homeless man on his way to the gym. Dustin fights TJ on this show.
The house had a BBQ and invited Mayhem and his coaches. Dustin was challenged to eat a cockroach for some money. And he decided to take the challenge for 60 bones. Come on Mayhem! Bring out more cash for that.
Mayhem and Bisping are playing air hockey for $10,000 in a best out of five games. Bisping takes the first game 7-1. He takes the second game 7-4. Mayhem takes the third game 7-5 before Bisping wins the entire thing by winning his third game 7-4. He jumped on top of the air hockey table with the money and then fell on his back and hit his head when he tried to get off.
Dustin Pague vs. TJ Dillashaw
Pague was on his back for much of the first round. Dillashaw is able to get off first and his short and quick punches are doing more damage than Pague’s longer strikes. Dillashaw no sold a nasty knee.
Second round was similar, but Pague was able to land shots from the bottom. Still took a bit of a beating. Dillashaw landed some shots and then immediately went for the takedown. Pague can’t get off his back.
Brutal ground fight. Dillashaw was nailing him with hammer fists. Dillashaw was setting up his takedowns with nasty body shots.
Winner: TJ Dillashaw by way of unanimous decision
Two judges scored it 30-26 and one judge scored it 30-27.
Next week are the last two fights until the finale.
Akira is making fun of Caraway because he likes to put gel in his hair. He grabbed some clippers and took a chunk out of his hair. Dick move! If Dana could work the finishes, Caraway would get revenge!
Mayhem was worried that Tiki was going to do something to his car so he rode his bike to the gym. Bisping drifted the hell out of his car into the parking lot. Bisping tried to keep Mayhem’s crew in the locker room by trash talking and then exploded the fire extinguisher on them and brought in some mariachis. I have no idea what this means, but these dudes are acting like it was the greatest prank ever. Mayhem loved the prank, even though it was on him.
Johnny Bedford is pissed because he’s got a fight coming up and had to breath in the chemicals.
Bisping does a drill with Akira to where he’s got to work off his back and he didn’t like it a bit. He just wants to stand and trade.
Marcus pulls a prank on Bisping with Akira and dropped a sweaty jock right in Bisping’s face. Bisping picked Akira up and slammed him and then put Marcus’ jock on his face. Akira said that he and Marcus are now brothers since he just tasted his salty balls. Not sure how that makes them brothers.
Akira is serenading Dennis Bermudez before the fight. This dude is hilarious.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Akira Corassani
Akira started out quickly by tagging him and Bermudez looked a little lost. But he got his composure back after tying him up and pushing him up against the cage. He rung Bermudez again who won’t move his head for the life of him. But he tagged Akira with a straight right as well. Akira knocked him down and Bermudez immediately went for the shot and took him down. He then put a front guillotine on him. It looked like Akira tapped about three times, but he finally tapped.
Winner: Dennis Bermudez by way of 1st round submission
Akira had no idea what happened and started going nuts for a second. No matter what happens, Akira needs to have at least one or two fights in the UFC. The guy is entertaining.