Another season of The Ultimate Fighter has come and gone. This season we saw the TUF debuts of the 135 and 145 pound divisions. While the drama in the TUF house was standard, the fight seemed to have a little more juice than usual because of the more exciting smaller weight classes.
Michael Bisping (21-3, 11-3 UFC) vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller (24-7, 0-1 UFC)
Forget Mayhem finally returning to the UFC – it’s just good to see him fighting anywhere again. Despite being healthy, he hasn’t fought in over a year. Apparently, Miller will be Bisping’s stepping stone to a title shot. That’s not small feat. Mayhem’s wrestling and jitz should be enough to keep him in the fight, if not get him the win. Having said that, beating Bisping is a fairly big feat for Miller. I see Bisping winning, but I – like ever red-blooded American – will be rooting for Miller.
Dennis Bermudez (7-2, UFC Debut) vs. Diego Brandao (13-7, UFC Debut)
Featherweight TUF 14
championship title six-figure contract fight. Want to hear something wonderful? Both these guys finished all their fights in the house. That’s a beautiful thing. Does that mean this is destined for a 15-minute slog? Let’s hope not. After such a great season, the finale will probably be great.
John Dodson (11-5, UFC Debut) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (4-0, UFC Debut)
Bantamweight TUF 14
championship title six-figure contract fight. The bantamweight’s didn’t have the same finish rate as the featherweights, but this is still a promising bout between possible future contenders. You really never know. I mean, most of the time, you do with the Ultimate Fighter, but with the lighter weight classes, there’s still a chance for everyone.
Yves Edwards (41-17-1, 9-5 UFC) vs. Tony Ferguson (12-2, 2-0 UFC)
Tony Ferguson won season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter. The UFC certainly hasn’t babied him. His first fight after the June finale was against 43-fight veteran Aaron Riley. Ferguson stepped up and won via doctor’s stoppage. Now he gets Yves Edwards who first fought in the UFC 10 freaking years ago.
Johnny Bedford (17-9-1, UFC Debut) vs. Louis Gaudinot (5-1, UFC Debut)
A chance to fight in the UFC without winning in the house. Bedford has a lot more experience (obviously), but both guys should be on their best behavior in hopes of staying in the organization.
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Marcus Brimage vs. Stephan Bass
John Albert vs. Dustin Pague
Roland Delorme vs. Josh Ferguson
Josh Clopton vs. Steven Siler
Bryan Caraway vs. Dustin Neace
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