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TUF 14 Finale: Marcus Brimage Vs. Stephen Bass

The following is from our live coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. To access our full coverage, click here.

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)