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Bryan Caraway vs. Dustin Neace
Caraway’s girlfriend, Meisha Tate, accompanies him to the cage to the strains of “Push It” by Salt N Pepa for what will be the first bout of the evening.
Round 1: They touch gloves, both men repping Team Mayhem. Neace looking considerably better than he did on the show, both physically and with his footwork. Neace is putting his hands on Caraway, but Caraway touches him with a left hook that keeps him honest. Caraway puts together a few more solid punches that back Neace up and slow his momentum. Caraway hits the double, putting Neace on his back against the fence. Neace slaps on an inverted triangle as they scramble, but Caraway fights through it and winds up in side control. Caraway takes Neace’s back and fights his hooks in.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Caraway
Round 2: They touch gloves again and Caraway starts things off with an inside leg kick. Caraway with two leg kicks, one of them behind a nice right hand feint. Neace lands a good lead left hook. Caraway chopping at Neace with leg kicks. Caraway hits a takedown and lands directly into side control with two and a half minutes left in the round. Caraway threatens to take Neace’s back again and Neace does well in defending, reversing to go for his own takedown. Caraway spins out and goes to take Neace’s back again, this time locking in both hooks. Caraway sinks the rear naked choke in short order and coaxes the tap from Neace.
Bryan Caraway defeated Dustin Neace via rear naked choke at 3:53 of round 2
Steven Siler vs. Josh Clopton
Round 1: Clopton trying to put his hands on Siler, but Siler showing good head movement in avoiding. He lands a nice left hand counter before getting pressed into the cage. Clopton tags him with a right hand after making space, but Siler grabs the plum and fires off some knees. Clopton ducks a right hand and presses him back into the fence, but Siler backs him off with the Thai clinch again. Siler showing really solid clinch work in controlling Clopton and driving good knees into his midsection. Clopton presses Siler into the fence again. Clopton falls down after breaking away; Siler chases him down and tries to land a big knee but Clopton catches his leg and dumps him to the mat. He doesn’t follow him down. Siler with a head kick and a few knees before taking some body shots in the clinch from Clopton. Clopton lands a hard right hand, then a solid left. Siler looks a little woozy, but he stays in Clopton’s face and goes back to work from the Thai clinch. Siler lands a good knee and then slaps on a guillotine to end the round.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Siler
Round 2: Clopton lands that right straight again with force, but Siler shows no ill-effect from the blow and hits him with a knee to the gut. Siler grabs the plum and, though he takes a few body shots, he lands some good knees. He drops for the takedown, doesn’t get it, but nails Clopton with a shot that hurts him. Clopton is hanging in there, but Siler is chipping away at him with knees from the clinch. Clopton is in trouble here and it looks like Siler is breaking him down. Siler showing some really stellar clinch work in dominating Clopton. Clopton hits a nice takedown, despite having absorbed all that punishment. Siler fights to his feet. Clopton is bleeding, but he’s staying in the fight. He touches Siler with some good punches, but Siler returns fire before grabbing the plum again. Siler rocks Clopton with a right straight. Clopton shoots for a takedown and Siler puts him in a guillotine before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Siler
Round 3: Clopton lands a good right and goes for a takedown that Siler stops by threatening with the guillotine. Clopton presses him into the cage and eventually fights him to the mat though. Siler looking to wall-walk, but Clopton sees it and stops him. Clopton doing little to no damage from the top and Siler gets to his feet in short order, snatching the Thai clinch again and landing more knees. They break and Clopton loses his mouthpiece. He gets the takedown as Siler charges him when they reset. Ref Herb Dean warning them to work, but Siler is keeping Clopton from doing so by controlling his posture. Siler looking to work the rubber guard. A minute left and Siler gets to his feet, knocking out Clopton’s mouthpiece again with an uppercut. Clopton presses him into the fence and throws some knees at the thigh. Siler grabs the plum briefly and then avoids a takedown before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-10
Steven Siler defeated Josh Clopton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Roland Delorme vs. Josh Ferguson
Josh Ferguson showing some nice taste walking to the cage to “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan, looking ready to go. Delorme follows suit, choosing Aloe Blacc’s “I Need A Dollar” as his theme song.
Round 1: Delorme takes the center and gets clipped right off the back by a right hand from Ferguson. They clinch and Delorme ends up muscling Ferguson to the mat, landing in half guard. Ferguson sweeps from deep half guard when Delorme goes for a guillotine. Ferguson postures and starts to throw some punches from top position. Delorme throws up the triangle; Ferguson slams him, but doesn’t break the hold. He’s hanging in there and defending well, but eating punches from Delorme on the bottom. Delorme doing good work off of his back, landing short punches and elbows while continuing to tighten the triangle. Ferguson showing very solid defense so far, having been in the triangle for most of the round. Ferguson fights free when Delorme tries to change up the sub and takes side control, then mount during a scramble. Ferguson takes his back with thirty seconds to go, attempting several subs before getting reversed. Delorme ends the round on top.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Delorme
Round 2: Ferguson lands two hard hooks as the round’s first significant offense. Ferguson seems to hold the edge standing, landing more frequently and with more power than Delorme. He lands a pair of kicks and a left hand. He catches a kick and lands a glancing overhand right. Both men look to have slowed some from the first, dragging their feet and throwing their punches noticeably slower. Ferguson whiffs on a spinning back fist. Ferguson puts some punches together before taking a left from Delorme. Delorme lands two knees in a brief clinch. Ferguson with a good body kick. He eats a knee to the gut but puts Delorme on his back with a little under two minutes left. Delorme attempting to get to his feet and Ferguson threatens with the guillotine. He keeps the hold and they both hit the mat, but he loses it and they get back to their feet. Ferguson staggers Delorme with a hard left; another. Delorme lands a takedown to end the round in Ferguson’s guard.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferguson
Round 3: They touch gloves to start the final round. Ferguson gets sat on his butt by a left hand delivered by Delorme and gets his back taken immediately. Delorme slaps on the rear naked almost immediately and forces the tap in short order.
Roland Delorme defeated Josh Ferguson via submission (rear naked choke) at :22 of round 3
Dustin Pague vs. John Albert
Round 1: Both men come out hard, trading leather. Albert drops Pague with a hard right hand and starts in on him with hammer fists. He’s looking to mount and he gets it, tying up Pague’s arm in the ‘gift wrap’ position across his face. Pague recovers half guard. Albert goes back at him with right hands though, until Herb Dean’s seen enough and stops it.
John Albert defeated Dustin Pague via TKO (strikes) at 1:09 of round 1
Marcus Brimage vs. Stephen Bass
Round 1: They touch gloves and take to the center, both men starting tentatively. Brimage lands a lead right hook-left straight combo that lands flush. Brimage showing nice footwork, working his range well. Bass closes the distance and presses Brimage into the fence; after eating a knee, Brimage breaks free. Bass with some good offense from the clinch, but Brimage is really the one pressuring and landing the harder shots so far. Brimage working the body hard against the fence as Bass tries to work the plum; as Bass breathes in hard and steels himself to meet Brimage in the center, the effects of his assault are clear. Brimage with a solid Superman punch. Bass lands an inside leg kick, but Brimage counters well, promptin Bass to look for the takedown. Brimage defends and gets back in Bass’ face with hard punches. Brimage gets off a good inside leg kick. Bass puts some hands on Brimage, but it doesn’t slow him down. Brimage lands another chopping inside leg kick.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brimage
Round 2: Bass opens up with an inside leg kick and then closes the distance, landing a knee. Brimage lands low with a kick and the action is halted. They go back at it after a short break, Brimage hammers Bass with an inside leg kick. Again. Bass drops Brimage like a sack of bricks with a low blow of his own. Brimage is clearly hurt, but he goes back to action. They touch gloves and get after it again. Brimage comes at Bass hard with a volley of strikes and Bass tries for the takedown, which he cannot complete thanks to stout defense from Brimage. Brimage knocks Bass off balance with a leg kick and then touches him with a right hand. Brimage is making Bass wince now with those powerful inside leg kicks, but Bass is hanging in there. He dives for a takedown that Brimage avoids with ease. Bass lands a good right and then fails on a takedown. Brimage eats a knee, but stuffs the subsequent takedown attempt deftly. Brimage looks to be slowing down, but he still wallops Bass with a right hand. They both trade leather as the round ends, Bass eating another hard inside leg kick before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brimage
Round 3: Bass comes out hard and wobbles Brimage with a shot behind the head. He charges in with a jumping knee and Brimage scoops him up and dumps him to the mat, taking side control before backing out to his feet. Bass coming forward doggedly, trying to win this fight. Both men slowing down now, though. Brimage stuffs a single leg attempt and then looks at the clock. Brimage having a hard time landing with the same precision and power as before. Two minutes left and the most significant offense was Bass’ early charge. Brimage not landing as well, but putting together more strikes than Bass. He stops Bass’ charge with a big knee to the body. A hard left straight connects for Brimage, then a right hook. Bass lands a good knee. Brimage keeping his left straight in Bass’ face now. Ten seconds left and they just start slugging it out, Brimage falling down but popping right back up at the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bass
Marcus Brimage defeated Stephen Bass via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Louis Gaudinot vs. Johnny Bedford
Round 1: They touch gloves to start the first main card match. Bedford looking sharp, countering well. He hits a takedown when Gaudinot over-commits on a strike. Bedford lands a nice knee as Gaudinot fights to his feet. Gaudinot trying to get his back off the cage as Bedford attacks him with knees and elbows. Bedford hits a nice trip and then takes mount. Bedford sitting high up in mount, pounding away on Gaudinot as he does little more than cover up. Gaudinot gives up his back. Bedford is just pounding away at Gaudinot from the top, completely dominating him. Gaudinot trying to get to his feet, but Bedford stays on his back and continues to pound on him. Gaudinot has had nothing for Bedford in this first round. He eats two knees to the gut before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Bedford
Round 2: Gaudinot tries to come out strong, but Bedford stalls his assault with a pair of hard knees. Bedford gets the takedown and lands more knees as Gaudinot tries to fight to his feet. Bedford fighting for another takedown and he gets it. Bedford looking great, showing sharp technique and absolutely dominating this fight in every area. Bedford takes mount, but Gaudinot hip escapes. If Bedford is going to finish this fight, he’ll have to take it from Gaudinot, because he’s not giving up. Bedford postures and starts to rain down blows. Bedford takes mount again and sits up very high. Gaudinot gives up his back briefly. Bedford landing hard elbows through the guard. Bedford looking for Gaudinot’s left arm with fifteen seconds to go. He can’t finish it before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Bedford
Round 3: Bedford controlling the stand up early, landing with technical kicks and punches. Gaudinot trying to fight back – he lands a spinning back fist – but he spends most of his time covered up against the fence, taking punches to the head and body. He crumples to the mat under the assault and Bedford follows him down, where he beats on him more. He starts in with knees to the body of a turtled Gaudinot and ref Steve Mazzagatti calls it off shortly thereafter.
Johnny Bedford defeated Louis Gaudinot via TKO (knees) at 1:58 of round 3
Bedford calls for another shot at John Dodson after “TJ wipes him out.”
Tony Ferguson vs. Yves Edwards
Round 1: They touch gloves and set up for the fight, both men showing the other respect early. Ferguson lands a leg kick as the first strike of the fight. Ferguson attacking with kicks over and over again, both outside and inside. Edwards is looking to adjust and land counters, but hasn’t been able to yet. Ferguson showing very good head movement, pecking at Edwards with straight shots. Edwards lands a nice head kick out of nowhere, but Ferguson shakes it off. Edwards lands some nice punches from the pocket. Edwards spins Ferguson around with a nice leg kick. Edwards is starting to put his strikes together, landing with precision both with punches and kicks. Ferguson cracks Edwards with a right and tries to go high with a kick that is blocked. Ferguson lands a hard lead uppercut and starts to go after Edwards, who’s on his heels and reeling under the assault of kicks and punches. Ferguson is all over him, but Edwards is fighting back, landing a head kick before shooting for the takedown. Ferguson rolls for an omoplata immediately, but Edwards defends.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ferguson
Round 2: They start getting after it immediately, both men landing nice straight punches. Edwards lands a powerful right hook from the pocket, then a head kick. Edwards is pushing forward now, landing a flying knee and putting Edwards on the defensive. Ferguson with a good straight right and then a pair of good kicks. Ferguson connects on a lead uppercut, a strike he throws skillfully from an awkward angle. Ferguson then lands a lead uppercut with his right hand, stunning Edwards. Edwards comes back with some hard punches, but they don’t connect flush. Edwards lands a hook, but Ferguson comes right back with a hard counter. Edwards lands another head kick, but Ferguson walks right through it. Edwards shoots again and Ferguson stuffs it without trouble, then takes Edwards down, but can’t do much with it before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-10
Round 3: Ferguson still slipping punches well; he goes high with a kick that’s blocked. Edwards lands a left hand/left kick combo and slips. Edwards lands a body kick and right hand, but Ferguson walks through it still and returns fire with a hard body kick. Edwards with a pair of inside leg kicks. Ferguson sticks him with a counter that puts him on his heels. Ferguson keeping his jab in Edwards’ face now. They trade inside leg kicks. A very nice left hand lands for Ferguson and Edwards fires back with counter kicks. Edwards lands a nice right hook and then another head kick. Two minutes left and this one might be anyone’s fight. The striking exchanges have about evend out at this point, but then Edwards lands another head kick. Ferguson stuffs a takedown. They start to pour it on as the round closes, both men getting in good shots.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Edwards
Tony Ferguson defeated Yves Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
TJ Dillashaw vs. John Dodson
TUF 14 Bantamweight Final
This is the first TUF 14 final bout of the night, taking place in the bantamweight division. Herb Dean will ref this fight.
Round 1: Dillashaw starts the fight out throwing kicks immediately. Dodson clips him with a left and Dillashaw tries to bait him into thinking he’s hurt; Dodson doesn’t bite. Dillashaw lands an inside leg kick and Dodson touches him with a left hook, left kick to the body. Dodson rocks Dillashaw with a glancing shot and then drops him with a thunderous left hook. He follows him to the ground with a few punches before Dean stops the fight.
Dillashaw protests the stoppage, as he was going for a single after getting dropped. He was clearly on queer street, but that one might have been a little early. The crowd boos all the way through the decision reading.
John Dodson defeated TJ Dillashaw via TKO (punches) at 1:54 of round 1
“Words cannot describe how I feel right now. Thank you everybody! I don’t care if you guys hate me, just watch me, please!” says Dodson.
Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez
TUF 14 Featherweight Final
This is the second and last TUF 14 finals bout, in the featherweight division. Josh Rosenthal is the third man in the cage for this bout.
Round 1: Brandao lands a hard leg kick early, but Bermudez is right on him. He ducks a punch and closes the distance, but can’t get the takedown. Bermudez lands a front kick and then lands a takedown. Brandao lands a nice double up kick, but Bermudez eats it and slaps him in a front headlock as he stands up. Bermudez doing much better on the feet with Brandao early than most thought he would. Brandao tags him with a nice two-punch combo. Bermudez backs Brandao up with his pressure, landing good strikes that look to be throwing the aggressive Brazilian off. Brandao wobbles Bermudez with a punch, but Bermudez hangs in there and keeps right in Brandao’s face. Brandao clocks Bermudez with a left hook, but he shakes it off. Brandao knocks Bermudez to his back with a double flying knee, Jose Aldo style. He takes Bermudez’s back, grabs him round the waist and then dumps him to the mat. Bermudez pops to his feet. Brandao lands a good knee to the body. Bermudez drops Brandao with a hard right hand and goes for the finish. Brandao looks for a leg lock, but Bermudez defends and goes back to work with ground and pound. Bermudez pounding away, but Brandao rolls for the armbar and forces the tap almost immediately!
It looks like Brandao may have broken Bermudez’s arm, showing potent finishing skills in every area, not just striking. What an amazing round and finish.
Diego Brandao defeated Dennis Bermudez via submission (armbar) at 4:51 of round 1
Michael Bisping vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller
Round 1: Miller starts out immediately with a leg kick. Mayhem is backing Bisping up early, landing a nice front kick. Bisping presses Miller into the fence, but Mayhem escapes and lands a nice body kick. Mayhem lands a nice right hand. Mayhem slips a pair of punches and tags Bisping right back before landing a takedown, dropping Bisping against the cage. Mayhem looking to take mount against the fence. Bisping cannot seem to extricate himself and Mayhem lands short punches while Mayhem holds him in the position. Bisping complains to the ref for a stand up, but he’s getting tagged and he cannot free himself. Mayhem takes full mount, but Bisping fight to his feet using the fence. Mayhem landsa nice leg kick. Bisping with a one-two. Mayhem lands a hard jab and then scores with a straight to the body. Bisping lands a left hook. Mayhem lands a left hook. Bisping keeping tight and showing nice technique, but Matyhem is giving him a ton of trouble, going for a takedown at the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Miller
Round 2: Bisping draws blood with a pair of straight and stuffs a takedown. Mayhem showboats and Bisping lands a one-two. Bisping lands an inside leg kick. Mayhem rushes in and drops for the double; Bisping defends and Miller switches to the single. Bisping defends and Miller lands a knee before getting turned into the fence. He fights free immediately and lands a nice jab. Bisping walks away after they clash heads and the action halts. Bisping has a mouse between his eyes now. Mayhem lands with an overhand right. Mayhem eats a few punches when he gets overzealous on a takedown attempt. Bisping lands a hard straight right. Miller is looking tired already, which could be a bad sign considering Bisping’s top conditioning. Mayhem fails on another takedown attempt and looks sloppy doing so. Bisping tries to kick Mayhem’s head while he’s on the ground, blatantly, but he misses. Such a class act. Mayhem tries for a takedown but cannot complete it. Bisping starts to turn it on and Mayhem beckons him on. Mayhem looks very tired and Bisping starts to take the fight over. Mayhem is fighting back, but he’s getting bloody and beaten badly. Bisping is beating Mayhem down, but Mayhem just eggs him on. Mayhem is clearly exhausted, either the victim of an adrenaline dump or a long layoff. The round is winding down and Bisping is on top of Miller pounding away.
Bisping is exhausted too, taking a long time to get up as Miller stands up and shoves off of him.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bisping
Round 3: Mayhem comes out hard and they both start trading shots from the pocket. Mayhem goes for the takedown and is denied; Bisping backs off and lets him up. Miller with a right hand and Bisping answers with a one-two. Bisping lands a hard right and starts to pepper away at Miller while he covers on the cage and fires one-shot counters. Miller hanging his hands and mouth wide open. Bisping stalking him down and pecking away at him. The action halts as Bisping takes a moment for getting poked in the eye. Both men swollen, Mayhem bleeding. Mayhem drops for the double and Bisping sprawls out of it. Mayhem spins to Mayhem’s back and starts to knee his body and throw punches as Mayhem turtles up. Mazzagatti warns Mayhem to work and he recovers guard. Bisping continues his assault from this position though, further battering Mayhem from the top. Mayhem is just surviving now. Bisping is on him, throwing knees to the body and punches. He lands another knee and Mazzagatti stops it.
Mayhem pops right up, clearly pissed. “I’m alright. I’m just tired.” That looks to be the case.
Michael Bisping defeated Jason Miller via TKO (strikes) at 3:34 of round 3
“Tired,” Bisping replies when asked how he feels. Bisping credits Mayhem for being a “tough son of a gun.” He says that the fans can boo him, but he’s here to entertain. He feels he and Mayhem put on a good season of The Ultimate Fighter and a good fight as well, tells Mayhem congratulations. When asked if he’s ready for Anderson Silva, Bisping says that he was unhappy with his performance.
Miller “I’m sorry guys, I got tired.” Miller says that Bisping deserves their applause as a fighter. Mayhem says he wants right back in the cage.