Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
For all the talk between the two headliners, it was about as one sided of a fight that it could be.
Michael Bisping routed Jason Miler en route to a third round TKO.
Despite a very tactical first round, the only “Mayhem” came from “The Count.” After surviving a first round in which he was taken to the mat, it was all Bisping all the time for the rest of the fight.
Finding his range in the second frame, the fighter from across the pond went to work. Miller had no answer for the stiff right hands of Bisping. After Miller’s repeated takedown attempts failed, the “Bully Beatdown” star was reduced to winging wild punches. By the third stanza, Miller sported a nasty pair of mice under both eyes. He was bloodied but standing. When the fight hit the mat for the final time, Bisping delivered a handful of knees. Steve Mazagati mercifully halted the bout at the 3:24 mark.
“I’m sorry guys, I got tired,” a disappointed Miller remarked.
With the win, Bisping takes another step towards a showdown with Anderson Silva.
Brandao taps Bermudez with beautiful armbar
Featherweight Diego Brandao took home the six-figure UFC contract with a stellar armbar finish over Dennis Bermudez in the first round of an exhilarating back and forth fight. Brandao – who has finished his TUF opponents in under six minutes total – has been just like his idols Wanderlei Silva and Mike Tyson as he has clobbered opponents. But Dennis Bermudez stood in the pocked with the powerful Brazilian and traded punches fearlessly in the opening moments. Displaying a strong chin, Bermudez refused to go down after eating some of Brandao’s best power shots. In a shocking turn of events, Bermudez cut loose a devastating right hand as Brandao came rushing in that dropped the Team Bisping fighter to the mat as it looked like the end was near. Smelling a finish and the six-figure contract, Bermudez recklessly rained down punches on Brandao. Somehow, Brandao recovered, snatched Bermudez’ arm and rolled him into an armbar that saw Bermudez frantically tap out at the 4:51 mark in the first round.
Speedy Dodson flattens Dillashaw
Speed kills. In a déjà vu moment, John Dodson punched his ticket to becoming the Ultimate Fighter the same way he punched his ticket to the finals—by punching. Dodson caught fellow bantamweight finalists T.J. Dillashaw with a blistering left hook to set up a final fight stopping onslaught. The blow split Dillashaw’s legs and Dodson followed up the power shot with another to send his taller foe to the mat. In the bling of an eye, Dodson unleashed a series of hammer fists that prompted Herb Dean to rush in for the stoppage at the 1:54 mark. After the win, Dodson scaled the cage twice for his trademarked back flip celebration.
Ferguson, Bedford emerge victorious
Tony Ferguson earned a hard fought and closely contested unanimous decision over Yves Edwards in a battle of lightweights. Ferguson’s heavy hands were the difference maker as he rocked Edwards badly in the first round despite Edwards landing several head kicks and combinations. Edwards had a strong second round as he was able to land crisp combinations but Ferguson’s chin was made of granite and took all that Edwards had and kept pressing forward with power shots of his own. The fight remained standing and proved to be playing towards Ferguson’s strengths as he earned a unanimous decision victory with scores of 29-28 and two scores of 30-27.
In the opening bout of the night’s main card. Johnny Bedford ran an MMA clinic on Louis Gaudinot, stopping the green-haired fighter at 1:58 in the third with strikes. This was a route from the opening bell. Gaudinot was battered with knees from the clinch and big punches on the ground. After Bedford got the fight to the canvas, he rained blows from the top position as the hapless Gaudinot braced for impact and attempted to cover. The second round offered more of the same, as Gaudinot mustered nearly no offense for the first ten minutes. In the final frame, Gaudinot landed a spinning back fist—his first significant blow of the night—and was made to pay. The blow seemed to energize Bedford who blitzed Gaudinot with more knees and punches. A couple kicks to the body after Gaudinot crumpled to the canvas in heep led many at the Pearl to wonder why Steve Mazagatti hadn’t halted the fight. After another 30 seconds of senseless carnage the bout was halted.
In a wild swinging three round affair, Marcus Brimage outslugged Stephen Bass to earn his first win via unanimous decision. Brimage, who was known for his heavy hands, put them to work in an entertaining bout. Bass displayed an impressive chin but was unable to keep Brimage off of him and as a result lost with scores of 29-28 and 30-27 twice.
Justin Albert made short work of Dustin Pague, finishing his teammate at 1:28 in the opening round. A big right hand sent Pauge to the mat and Albert wasted no time. Once secure on the mat, “Prince” transitioned to the mount and resumed pounding Pague into the canvas. In a move that resembled a school yard scuffle, Albert tied one of Pague’s hands against his face and dropped punches with the other. Herb Dean, seeing enough, halted the bout.
Roland Delorme scored a third round submission over Josh Ferguson via rear naked choke. Ferguson, whose twin brother BJ was also defeated by Roland, fought valiantly as he did his best to avenge his brother’s loss. It looked as if it would be an early night as Delorme slapped on a triangle choke in the first round that Ferguson struggled with for nearly two minutes before escaping. Although a better second round by Ferguson which saw him get the upper hand in the standup appeared to get him back into the fight, the third round was Delorme’s. The judo expert crushed Ferguson with a left hook and swiftly transitioned to his back before sinking in a rear naked choke and eliciting the tapout at the :22 mark.
Steven Siler topped Josh Clopton in a relatively one sided unanimous decision victory. The Team Miller prospect turned Clopton’s face into a bloody mess midway through the fight with some beautiful clinch work. Clopton was battered from close range with a barrage of knees and punches. Outside of pressing Siler against the ropes, Clopton’s offense was relatively nonexistent. He scored two takedowns in each of the opening rounds and found himself fighting off Siler guillotine attempts as time expired. Clopton faired better in the final frame pressing the action and taking the fight to the canvas. While in the dominant position, Clopton postured up and delivered a hammer fist. The high impact blow gave Siler enough room to escape. All three judges scored the contest 29-28.
In a battle between Team Miller teammates, Bryan Caraway earned his first UFC win by choking out friend and teammate Dustin Neace in the second round via rear naked choke. After a relative stalemate in the first round, Neace found himself on his back midway through the second round. Neace would scramble to get to his feet but gave up his back as Caraway – who is also Strikeforce women’s champion Miesha Tate’s boyfriend – quickly got his hooks in and cinched in a rear naked choke to force the tapout at the 3:38.
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