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.
The show begins with chaos between Diego Brandao and Steven Siler, as the two exchange words following the fight that was shown last week. Jason “Mayhem” Miller makes an appearance in the house, presenting Dustin Neace with a cowboy hat to mock Josh Ferguson. Miller knows that John Dodson is has been leaking information to Michael Bisping, and he plans to exploit the situation by not letting Dodson know what is really going on. This works perfectly, as Dodson’s information gets back to Bisping through his team.
Back in the house, Ferguson takes Neace’s hat, but Neace believes it to be Corassani who took the hat and begins destroying everything of Corassani’s. At the training center, Neace finds more of Corassani’s and tosses it around Team Bisping’s changing room. Neace and Corassani have to be separated by Bisping in the hallway, with Corassani calling out Neace for a fight in the garden that night.
The talking continues between the two at the fight announcement, as Neace walks out next to Miller and puts himself in the fight with Corassani and the two featherweights go nose-to-nose. Miller and Bisping are forced to break up the two as they roll around, and Bisping begins freaking out on Miller. They also do the announcement of Brandao-Siller as the final featherweight bout. Dodson is called to talk to Miller, and he tells him all of this happened because of what he did in giving Bisping information.
Bisping’s training session is based around teaching Akira how to fight off his back, as wrestling is his weak point. The coaches drill it into Akira. Neace discusses his grappling background and skills, hoping to use it to his advantage against Akira. Miller says he hopes Neace, “Unleashes his inner beast,” against Akira.
Bisping is not there for the official weigh-ins, which see Neace hit the scales at 145 and Akira come in at 146. The two face off, showing plenty of intensity and emotion in their faces. Bisping shows up late, entering to see the faceoff between the two.
Dustin Neace vs. Akira Corassani
Round 1: Akira misses with a spinning kick, as the two look to find the range early on. Despite showing so much aggression before the fight, both men are being very patient inside the Octagon. Miller coaching Neace to move forward, but he gets taken down with a weak leg kick. Akira lands a huge left to Neace on the ground, and looks to pass guard. Akira lands an elbow, but Neace tries to work an arm submission. Akira remains on top and in control, but Neace slips out and seems to lock in a quick heel hook. Akira seems to tap, and even Miller calls for it, but the match continues. Neace tries for another submission, but Akira powers out and the two get to their feet. Neace lands a big takedown in the final 20 seconds.
Round 2: Bisping informs Akira to keep his hands high and watch for the takedown as the round begins. Akira lands a combo and locks up with Neace. Neace, though, won’t let Akira get the takedown and gets off the cage. Spinning back-fist by Akira misses, but he follows with a solid jab. Neace is more precise with his punches, while Akira just seems to be throwing wild blows that are not connecting. As Neace begins to back up, Akira fires off a jab that drops him and he follows with some big blows on the ground. Neace, however, keeps his composure and finds position on the ground to avoid punches. The fight looked close to being stopped, but Neace seems to have regained his balance. Akira lands a series of big blows, folding up Neace and taking side control. Neace is working for a submission, and nearly locks in a triangle choke. Both men appear exhausted and Neace is unable to lock in a submission. Akira proceeds to showboat in front of Neace, which enrages Miller and he squirts water at Bisping. Keith Kizer, head of NSAC, enters the cage and threatens to suspend Akira from the show due to his post-fight actions.
Akira Corassani defeated Dustin Neace via majority decision
Team Bisping watched as Miller’s car was towed for parking in a handicap stall, but Miller just ignores it and heads back inside to train.
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.