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.
We open up reflecting on the controversial Corassani vs. Akira fight from last week, with everyone debating whether or not Akira tapped and recapping the post-fight drama in the cage between Miller and Bisping. Team Miller coach Ryan Parsons tells Bisping he knows why everyone in the UFC hates him, to which Bisping replies, “I make a lot more money than you.” Not exactly helping the image, if The Count’s concerned with it. Bisping acts befuddled that Parsons would be offended by him. In Team Miller’s locker room, Coach Miller consoles Neace, telling him he owes no one an apology, but that he should always crank submissions until the referee steps in.
Now Team Miller hits the gym to prepare Steve Siler for his bout with Diego Brandao; Miller doesn’t see Diego being able to stop his charge, despite his tough guy mystique. During Team Bisping’s session focusing on Brandao, Bisping expresses his worry that Brandao may get tired or overconfident and admits that Siler is a lot tougher than he looks. It’s time for the weigh-ins, with Siler tipping the scales at 146 and Brandao hitting the mark at 146 as well.
Siler talks about how hard it’s been without his girlfriend, while Brandao talks about his hard upbringing, losing his father, toting guns and selling drugs. He says he’s fighting to provide for his family. Brandao works out almost right up until the fight, despite Coach Bisping’s warnings for him to take it easy; Siler rests in the locker room. Brandao briefly gets his hand stuck in the door after he punches it while walking it to the cage.
Steven Siler vs. Diego Brandao
Round 1: Brandao runs out of the gate and tries on a flying knee, to which Coach Bisping shouts, “No!” They settle into a striking exchange and Brandao starts swinging heavy leather. Very aggressive, Brandao has Siler backing up early and nails him with a left hook that drops him, ending the fight.
Diego Brandao defeated Steven Siler via knockout
UFC president Dana White sees Brandao as one of the nastiest competitors on the show and doubts any of the other fighters care to face him. Miller tells Siler that he just got caught with a good one and that he’ll be okay. Bisping tells Miller to get used to the feeling of losing, to which Miller responds, “Could you be any more of a douchebag?” Bisping then turns to schoolyard taunting, while Miller shoots him a derisive look and focuses on his fighter. Bisping chases Miller and his coaches down, prodding them over the loss. Miller guesses that he’s an a**hole because he may be poorly endowed.
Team Bisping is trying to pick the next fights, looking at John Dodson as the toughest competitor left on Team Miller. Roland Delorme goes to Coaches Miller and Parsons with a swollen foot, which Miller guesses could be staph infection considering the rapid onset and lack of trauma to the area. Parsons tells him that he has to get it checked out right now and that they won’t tell anyone.
At the fight announcements, Bisping goes on about how the fighters should be more respectful and how not to look like an a**hole, coming off kind of like an a**hole himself. Bisping announces that John Albert will take on John Dodson and several on Team Bisping let it be known that they think TJ Dillashaw looked for the easy way out by avoiding Dodson and taking the easier fight against Roland Delorme.
Dodson is still feeling the odd man out for having traded info to the other team, but doesn’t feel guilty because “if you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying.” Miller admits that he’s having a hard time staying mad at Dodson; he’s impressed by his talent, but thinks that he’s lazy.
John Albert vs. John Dodson
Round 1: They touch gloves and get things started. Prince gets off first with a quick punch-kick combo that gets Dodson smiling. Dodson fires off a quick high kick of his own. Dodson scores with some nice, quick punches inside. Dodson’s speed is getting the better of Albert early, with the smaller fighter landing more frequently with both punches and kicks. Dodson moves in to grab hold of Dodson and forces openings in the ensuing scramble, landing hard punches and knees when he does. Albert gets the takedown during Dodson’s swarm and very briefly takes his back, but Dodson scrambles out and ends up on top of Albert. Dodson avoids another takedown by a wilting Albert and sets back up on the feet, where he eats a good punch. Dodson setting up good counters now, avoiding most of Albert’s offense and making him pay for trying. Albert with a nice front kick. Dodson lands a nice body kick-left hand combo and gets taken down briefly off of a knee attempt. He scrambles out quickly again and ends the round pecking away at Albert with mongoose-quick ground and pound.
Round 2: Dodson scores first with a pair of leg kicks, but slips on a body kick. Dodson backs Albert up and lands a good body shot. Dodson with a quick punch combo. Albert sends home an inside leg kick, but still isn’t using his reach advantage to great effect. Dodson with a head kick and a pair of left hooks that follow shortly after. Albert counters with a punch-head kick of his own. Albert lands a body kick and Dodson lands a head kick. Albert tries to take Dodson’s back standing again and again ends up on bottom with Dodson on him landing punches. Albert gets to his feet. Dodson gets hold of Albert and takes him down, letting him up after some brief offense from top position. Albert briefly puts his hands on his knees he’s so tired. Both men are tired, but Dodson manages to slam Albert to the mat before the bell.
John Dodson defeated John Albert via unanimous decision
Miller believes his student could have done more in the fight and Dodson admits that he fought a conservative fight, but wants to get to the semis first and foremost.
That’s it for this week, check out the current team standings below.
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 semi-final round of the tournament.