The Facebook portion of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Finale preliminary card went down earlier tonight (Sat., Dec. 3, 2011) from Las Vegas, Nevada, and it was a doozy.
Brimage got off to a tremendous start, blasting Bass with crisp combinations and he landed repeated inside leg kicks that really took their toll.
Likely down two rounds, Bass came out with a vengeance in the third, pushing a heavy pace and getting in Brimage's face. He put a hurting on Brimage, dropping him at the beginning and the very end of the round. The final 10 seconds of the fight were exceptional, as both men stood in the pocket and traded bombs with Bass getting the better of the exchange.
In the end, though, Brimage's hot start was enough for him to earn a unanimous decision victory and he asked for some sponsors in his post-fight victory speech.
The rest of the undercard was equally entertaining:
The biggest surprise of the undercard was John Albert, who came out swinging against heavy favorite Dustin Pague. Albert clipped Pague with a huge right hand to the chin which dropped him. He then tied Pague's arm up on the ground which kept him from being able to defend himself. After repeated blows on the ground, referee Herb Dean stepped in and put a stop to the onslaught less than 90 seconds into the bout.
In a bantamweight battle, Josh Ferguson took on Roland Delorme, the man who eliminated his brother in the round of 32 during the first episode of the season. Ferguson showed tremendous grit, surviving the first round despite spending over half of it in a triangle choke but he slipped out and finished on top.
In round two, Ferguson took the initiative, outstriking Delorme and even outgrappling him, taking top position in the brief period that the fight took place on the ground. He wobbled Delorme with a very stiff jab near the end of the round.
Just when it seemed Ferguson had taken control of the fight, Delorme dropped him in the opening seconds of the third round and then immediately took his back, locking in a rear naked choke and trapping an arm within seconds. Ferguson had no other option but to tap out or pass out. He chose the former.
In featherweight action, Team Miller's Steven Siler took on Josh Clopton, a fighter out of California who was eliminated in the round of 32. The primary battle of the fight was Clopton's wrestling against Siler's vicious Muay Thai attack.
Time and time again, Siler would put Clopton in the Muay Thai plum and launch knees into his face and it appeared that Clopton had no answer. After eating perhaps more knees than any fighter in UFC history, Clopton, his face a mess, came back in the third round to take Siler down and keep him there. It wasn't enough, however, as the damage Siler had done in the first two rounds was enough to allow him to win a unanimous decision with 29-28 scores across the boards.
Opening up the night was a battle of two teammates as Team Miller featherweights Bryan Caraway and Dustin Neace duked it out. Neace showcased solid head movement, but he slowed down his offense after getting tagged by a nice left hook. Caraway scored a big takedown midway through the first round and he was able to control his opponent pretty easily.
In round two, Caraway again stood for a couple minutes and then easily landed a takedown on his experienced foe. This time, he quickly passed to side control, took Neace's back along the fence and locked in a rear naked choke to score the finish. In his post-fight speech, Caraway admitted that all his experience grappling with Neace on the show gave him an advantage heading into the fight. It certainly looked like it.
Be sure to check out the rest of our TUF 14 Finale results coverage of the main card on Spike TV, including the five-round main event between Michael Bisping vs. Jason Miller, right here.