TUF 14 Finale: Bisping vs. Miller results/salaries/bonuses/medical suspensions/gate

TUF 14 was Saturday December 3rd, the last TUF on Spike and the first TUF to feature Bantamweights and Featherweights. What did you think? I myself was happy, for the most part. Read my ‘If I ruled the universe Results’ article for that story. In the real world, Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller gassed out after the 1st round, leading to a disappointing performance, a TKO loss and possible his last fight in the UFC. A very anticlimactic finish to an otherwise stellar season and fight night card. Bryan Caraway put on a show, finishing Dustin Neace with a RNC in the 2nd, followed by a Muay Thai clinic put on by  the always fun Steven Siler. Josh Clopton (Siler’s opponent) showed he has a ton of heart and one serious chin. Expect to see him back again. Roland Delorme handled Josh Ferguson on all fronts ending the fight with a RNC at the beginning of the 3rd ruond. Dustin Pague got in over his head with a very hungry and lean John ‘Prince’ Albert, ending his night by TKO. Albert came in motivated, showcasing an improved all around game. Expect to see him as a regular in the BW division. Marcus Brimage also came in lean, hungry and motivated, taking it to Stephen Bass for the unanimous decision. Brigame had an answer for anything Bass threw at him, Brimage showed great improvement from what we saw on TUF. Expect to see all of the Prelim winners and Josh Clopton fighting regularly in their respective divisions. The UFC got a good crop this season, I expect to see them utilized to the fullest.

On the Main Card Loous Gaudinot was utterly brutalized by a re-invigorated Johnny Bedford. The MMA Media was going crazy online over the beating Louis received at the hands of the physically larger Bedford, forgetting, in their diatribes, that John Dodson had the exact same height and reach limitations against Bedford, yet found a way to KO the larger man. Where was all of the concern for the natural 125lber fighting at 135lbs that day? Huh? Where the F23K was all the concern then? It’s okay when the smaller professional fighter decides to compete above his weight class when he’s winning, but when he’s losing, it’s a travesty? It should be stopped? They shouldn’t let a natural 125lber fight a natural 155lber who drops down to 135lbs? How bout we just get rid of weight cutting all together, then we won’t have this hypocrisy! That kinda nonsense pisses me off. Louis Gaudinot is a PROFESSIONAL with several fights at both 125 and 135, he knows the risks, trains at the highest level and has been successful. Stop it already. Tony Ferguson won a controversial decision over Yves Edwards (I scored it 29-28 accross the board and felt it could have gone either way, but definately not 30-27). T.J. Dillashaw was outclassed by John Dodson, losing by TKO in the 1st round, winning the season 14 Bantamweight prize. Expect to see Dillashaw back for at least one more shot. Diego Brandao and Dennis Bermudez on a great show with Dennis almost finishing Diego before gettign caught in a great roling armbar making Diego the season 14 Featherweight winner. Once again, expect to see Dennis get at least 2 more shots. He was the only one to give Diego any trouble, let alone almost KO the guy. Bermudez is a talented fighter with a great personality. I didn’t like how they tried to portray him as a very very stupid person, and I’m glad he got to shine in the finale. The main event was less than spectacular, as I’ve already stated. Mayhem came in string for round 1 and then let it all go, succumbing to exhaustion and losing by TKO in the 3rd round. Bisping looked solid. I admire his statemants after the fight. When asked if he wanted to call out Anderson Silva, he wisely said that after that fight, he wasn’t ready for Silva just yet. Nice to see him being honest. Makes me want to see him win a tough one and then get that title shot.

Mayhem’s UFC career may have come to a conclusion, which is a shame since he can’t go back to Strikeforce (google the StrikeForce brawl for more details) which leaves Bellator, MFC, Dream and One FC. I don’t expect Bellator to grab him, but I could be wrong. Miller is the kind of fighter the UFC needs, he’s got a solid skill level and most importantly he’s entertaining out of the cage. It’s a shame if he squandered this shot. Somewhere Nick Diaz is smiling…’Don’t be scared Homie’.

Live Gate:  $440,150

Attendance: 2,053

Medical Suspensions: No word yet, but Bryan Caraway tweeted a pic of his broken hand and Dennis Bermudez was holding his arm after his submission loss. Safe to say they are gonna be out a little while.

Preliminary card (Facebook)

  • Featherweight bout: United States Bryan Caraway vs. United States Dustin Neace
Caraway defeated Neace via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:38 of round 2
  • Featherweight bout: United States Steven Siler vs. United States Josh Clopton
Siler defeated Clopton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Bantamweight bout: Canada Roland Delorme vs. United States Josh Ferguson
Delorme defeated Ferguson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:22 of round 3
  • Bantamweight bout: United States Dustin Pague vs. United States John Albert
Albert defeated Pague via TKO (punches) at 1:09 of round 1. Show on Spike TV after the Bermudez vs. Brandao Fight.
  • Featherweight bout: United States Marcus Brimage vs. United States Stephen Bass
Brimage defeated Bass via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Main card

  • Bantamweight bout: United States Louis Gaudinot vs. United States Johnny Bedford
Bedford defeated Gaudinot via TKO (knees to the body) at 1:58 of round 3.
  • Lightweight bout: United States Tony Ferguson vs. The Bahamas Yves Edwards
Ferguson defeated Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
  • Bantamweight bout: United States T.J. Dillashaw vs. United States John Dodson
Dodson defeated Dillashaw via TKO (punches) at 1:54 of round 1.
  • Featherweight bout: Brazil Diego Brandao vs. United States Dennis Bermudez
Brandao defeated Bermudez via submission (armbar) at 4:51 of round 1.
  • Middleweight bout: England Michael Bisping vs. United States Jason Miller
Bisping defeated Miller via TKO (knees to the body and punches) at 3:34 of round 3.

Bonus awards

Fighters were awarded $40,000 bonuses.

  • Fight of the Night: Brazil Diego Brandao vs. United States Dennis Bermudez
  • Knockout of the Night: United States John Dodson
  • Submission of the Night: Brazil Diego Brandao

Fan Voted Bonuses $25,000

Louis Gaudinot and Dustin Pague – Best fight.
John Dodson- Best knockout.
Dennis Bermudez – Best submission.

Fighter Salaries

  • Michael Bisping: $425,000 ($150,000 win bonus) def. Jason Miller: $45,000
  • Diego Brandao: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Dennis Bermudez: $8,000
  • John Dodson: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. T.J. Dillishaw: $8,000
  • Tony Ferguson: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Yves Edwards: $16,000
  • Johnny Bedford: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Louis Gaudinot: $8,000
  • Marcus Brimage: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Stephen Bass: $8,000
  • John Albert: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Pague: $8,000
  • Roland Delorme: $16,000 (8,000 win bonus) def. Josh Ferguson: $8,000
  • Steven Siler: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Josh Clopton: $8,000
  • Bryan Caraway: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Neace: $8,000