Episode four of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 "Get the F' up" gets underway and right off the bat, Team Bisping has some fresh intel from their mole, John Dodson, who's selling secrets and putting Team Mayhem at a disadvantage by revealing their planned match-ups.
Will it matter come fight time?
It looks like Stephen Bass will be picked to fight Dennis Bermudez so once "The Count" gets wind of this information, he professes his love for "The Magician" and sends Bass to the cage to prepare.
Down 0-2, Team Bisping needs all the help it can get.
Bass starts complaining about the duration of his training session and Bisping continues to push him (and even gives him a black eye), arguing that if you can't go three rounds in practice, how do you expect to do them in a fight?
Then Bisping no-shows the fight picks.
No surprise as Bermudez vs. Bass is now official. Coach Miller looks forward to further demoralizing the blue team and works on wrestling with "The Menace" to help neutralize his opponent's offense.
Let's see if it works.
145 lbs.: Dennis Bermudez (7-2) vs. Stephen Bass (10-0)
Round 1: First minute of action sees them paw at each other trying to find their range. Bermudez eventually shoots but Bass stuffs it and they go to the fence. Bermudez muscles him to the floor and Bisping is screaming at his fighter to "get the F' up," hence this episode's title. Bass is getting worked over and Bisping is pleading with him to get off his butt -- to no avail. Bermudez is mugging him and Bisping is a volcano, erupting every time Bass has an opportunity to stand and fails to do so. Now Bass rolls over and gives up his back. Bermudez flattens him out and pounds him into oblivion. Bass is mercifully saved by the bell. 10-8 Bermudez on the unofficial Nostradumbass scorecard.
Round 2: Bass comes out wild and eats a huge knee in the clinch. He crumbles and Bermudez swarms, raining down punches. Bass rolls over and grabs a leg, lazily applying the heel hook as a bewildered Bermudez takes a coffee break on offense. Bisping is screaming at him to abandon the submission and use the break to stand up. He does, very lethargically, and gets slammed back down. Punches are coming and he rolls to his belly. Bermudez flattens him out and keeps punching. Miller asks the referee "Are you gonna let him beat this guy to death?" Bermudez is gassed from landing 6,042 punches and switches to a submission. Bisping has stopped shouting instructions. Bermudez can't get the sub and goes back to pounding on him. Finally, it's stopped.
Dennis Bermudez def. Stephen Bass via technical knockout
Bisping unloads on his team back in the locker room and tells his guys they continue to lose because they keep ignoring the instructions from the coaches. Hard to argue against that.
We roll right into the next fight announcement and Team Mayhem selects Dustin Pague to take on Team Bisping's Louis Gaudinot. Pague wears a green wig for the face-off and eyes around the country begin to bleed in unison.
Bisping: "I got a good feeling about this one, boys." Uh-oh. C'mon mate. You never say that!
Pags, who refers to himself as "The Disciple," starts talking about Jesus and immediately my mind drifts elsewhere. When I come to, he's on the scale making weight.
Team Bisping gets to the training center and begins to implode. Bass blames "The Count" for his loss because he was pushed too hard in practice. After the bickering, Bisping praises Gaudinot, his number one pick.
135 lbs.: Dustin Pague (10-4) vs. Louis Gaudinot (5-1)
Round 1: Both guys come out swinging hard and heavy. Gaudinot getting the better of the exchanges until Pags rocks him with back-to-back knees. They tie up and go to the cage where Pags dumps him on his back. Gaudinot actually listens to Bisping and gets to his feet when prompted and they go back to slinging leather. Gaudinot with a spinning back kick Capoeira style but it misses and Bisping torches him for being flashy. He responds by winging a spinning back fist. Punches and kicks are flying and they eventually rock-and-sock their way against the fence and Pags lands a few knees from the clinch. Louis gets out and they resume the slugfest. Gaudinot shoots and gets stuffed and Pags stings him with a knee. Dirty boxing against the cage and they back away. More punishment in the center of the Octagon as time expires. 10-9 Pague.
Round 2: Brittney Palmer sighting! The wonders of tape delay... They pick up right where they left off but 30 seconds in, Pags drops him with a right and jumps into guard. That gives Gaudinot time to recover and get to his feet. He drops down and tries for the takedown but can't get it. Pags mugging him against the fence and again drops him with a big knee. Gaudinot turtles and Pags takes his back. It's only a matter of seconds before he secures the tap.
Dustin Pague def. Louis Gaudinot via submission (rear naked choke)
After the fight, Team Bisping mopes and Team Miller celebrates. And why shouldn't they? They're up 4-0 and eliminated a number one pick.
Stay tuned next week as "Mayhem" uncovers the mole, one fighter goes "crazy eyes," a riot breaks out at the weigh ins and then again after the fight!
See you in seven!