Welcome to FightLine’s weekly recap of The Ultimate Fighter 14. We’ll be back each week with a breakdown of the episode and a play-by-play of the fights.
Episode four opens with Team Bisping in the training room, already privy to the next match-up thanks to John Dodson, the mole on Team Mayhem. The match-up will supposedly be between Stephen Bass and Dennis Bermudez. “I f**kin’ love that guy,” says Bisping on Dodson. As a result, Bisping starts to put a focus on Bass in training.
Sure enough, at the fight announcement (which Bisping doesn’t show up to), Miller calls for Dennis Bermudez to square off with Stephen Bass in the next featherweight fight.
Fight Day comes up quick, with Bass pledging not to let Bermudez out-wrestle him, which is exactly what he’d like to do.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Stephen Bass
Round 1: They touch gloves, Bermudez gets off first with an overhand right and then a body kick. Bermudez eats a jab. They tie up and Bass defends the takedown. Bermudez stays on him though and presses him into the fence. After some fighting for position, Bermudez hits the trip and goes to work from full guard. Bermudez works in some short elbows after stacking Bass against the fence. Bass is taking damage and not attempting to stand, despite the desperate please of coach Bisping. Bermudez hammers Bass with ground and pound before Bass finally gets control of his posture. Bermudez backs out of guard, avoids some up-kicks and rains down some punches before falling back into guard. Bass gives up his back, again despite his coach’s advice. Bermudez sinks both hooks in and flattens him out, pounding on him relentlessly. Bass survives and rolls out of the position, but he continues to eat punches with Bass on top of him until the bell.
Round 2: Bermudez lands a right hand after a kick and wades in behind big punches before dropping Bass with a big knee. He pounds on him against the fence, but his assault is halted when Bass rolls for a kneebar. Bermudez defends and promptly plants Bass on the mat against the fence, where he goes back to work with punches. Bermudez takes his back again and flattens Bass out. Bermudez continues to ride top control, continually flattening Bass out and finally unloading with a salvo of punches that eventually net him the TKO stoppage.
Dennis Bermudez defeated Stephen Bass via TKO (strikes)
Now it’s time for the second fight announcement, which Team Mayhem still has control of. Miller chooses Dustin Pague to take on Team Bisping’s top pick Louis Gaudinot in the bantamweight division.
Stephen Bass blames coach Bisping for his loss, saying that he worked him too hard in training. This prompts Bisping to verbally lash him in front of the team and ask anyone else if they have an issue with his coaching, which they don’t.
And it’s Fight Day all over again.
Dustin Pague vs. Louis Gaudinot
Round 1: They touch gloves to start things off. Pague scores with a front kick and a good jab, then a knee. A Superman punch lands for Pague. Gaudinot gets in close and uncorks some hard hooks and uppercuts. Pague returns fire and backs Gaudinot into the fence with a sequence of shots. Pague knocks Gaudinot to the mat, but he gets to his feet shortly after, though he eats knees for his efforts. Pague is getting the better of things so far, but Gaudinot isn’t going anywhere. He barely misses on a wheel kick, but misses nonetheless. Pague with a good leg kick. They trade from the pocket, with Pague again getting the better of things. Pague grabs the Thai clinch and fires off a few knees before pressing Gaudinot into the fence, working elbows and knees. Gaudinot looks to be slowing down as Pague tags him with a Superman punch. His corner is begging him to shoot for the takedown, but he gets stuffed easily when he finally does. Pague lands a flying knee and then a salvo of hard punches against the fence to a wilting Gaudinot. Gaudinot is digging in and trying to land power shots, but Pague is avoiding most of them and returning fire with hard knees and counter punches.
Round 2: Pague avoids a combo by Gaudinot before landing a hard leg kick. Two front kicks score for Pague before he knocks Gaudinot to the mat with a right hook. He follows him down and works from Gaudinot’s guard. Gaudinot wall-walks to his feet and then works for the takedown himself. Pague sprawls hard and avoids, pressing Gaudinot into the fence and working elbows before trying for the takedown. Pague grabs the plum and fires off knees, one of which knocks Gaudinot down. Pague follows him again, but this time takes his back. Gaudinot is bleeding profusely from the face. Pague sinks the rear naked choke and coaxes the tap quickly.
Dennis Pague defeated Louis Gaudinot via submission (rear naked choke)
At the end of the fourth episode, the team standings look like this:
Louis Gaudinot, TJ Dillashaw, John Albert, Josh Ferguson
Featherweights: Diego Brandao, Akira Corassani,
Marcus Brimage, Stephen Bass
Bantamweights: John Dodson, Johnny Bedford*, Dustin Pague*, Roland Delorme
Featherweights: Dennis Bermudez*, Bryan Caraway*, Dustin Neace, Steven Siler
*Fighters with asterisks next to their names have secured their spots in the next round of the tournament.