Episode 10 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 "It's about to go down," featuring middleweight coaches Michael Bisping and Jason Miller, gets underway and Johnny Bedford is looking forward to beating the snitch out of John Dodson.
Since both fighters are from Team Miller, Coach "Mayhem" will sit this one out. Which bantamweight will move on to face T.J. Dillashaw at the Dec. 3 live finale?
Bedford says he's a bad match-up for Dodson, who naturally disagrees and promises to "hurt the man." Both fighters make weight without incident and most of the house is divided on who the winner will be.
We get the standard training montages and requisite tough talk, while Dodson proclaims his awesomeness for a nation of eye-rollers. You're not in the promised land just yet, Doddy.
First he has to get past Bedford, so let's see how he did.
135 lbs.: Johnny Bedford (17-9-1) vs. John Dodson (11-5)
Round 1: Dodson giving up six inches in reach and seven inches in height. Touch of gloves and both fighters open up with the hands. The briefly clinch and Dodson unloads an E. Honda flurry on the break. Bedford gets tagged again. Inside kick for Doddy. Bedford has two little feet tattooed on his chest which reminds me I still have a bottle of Barefoot Shiraz I need to finish. Dodson winning the stand-up battle through super-speedy offense. Bedford bumrushes him to the cage but Dodson zips out of danger and answers with a hard low kick. Bedford with the Thai Plum but Dodson absorbs and pushes off. Doddy walking in and gets scooped and dropped for a big takedown but in the scramble gets right back to his feet. One minute left and the pace has slowed a bit but Doddy with a nice trip takedown followed by a body kick. Dodson in control and takes this round 10-9 on the Nostradumbass unofficial scorecard.
Round 2: Gloves are touched and Dodson continues working the striking, mixing up kicks and punches. One kick gets caught and he retreats to the fence and both fighters unload. Bedford lands a nice shot on the breakaway and Dodson lures him back to the center of the cage. Bedford lumbers in with his hands down and Dodson crushes him with a thunderous left. Bedford crumbles and we get little Doddy hammerfists for good measure but this one is over. Yowzers.
John Dodson def. Johnny Bedford via knockout
After the fight, Dodson does a Mortal Kombat wall-walking backflip and screams like a banshee. "I'm in the finale bitches!" Bedford wakes up and thinks he's in Ohio. He gets a little emotional after the fight which is to be expected.
No time to mourn however, as we still have the featherweight semifinal match-up between Bryan Caraway and Diego Brandao. Caraway is outside in the hot tub and Diego is in the garden sharpening a butcher's knife on a rock.
I think that's a pretty good indication of what we can expect later on.
Brian also talks about how often he vomits before fights. Coach Miller calls him "bananas." Mayhem also says he has the skills to defeat Brandao, but wonders if he has the focus.
Since it's the last night in the house, the booze starts to flow and Miller can be seen riding his bike through the halls and into the pool -- in his underwear. Everyone is hootin' and hollerin' and that pisses Diego off because he's trying to stay focused for this fight.
Both he and Caraway survive the night without incident and it's time to rumble.
145 lbs.: Bryan Caraway (15-5) vs. Diego Brandao (13-7)
Round 1: Diego has that crazed look in his eye and comes out with a hard low kick. Caraway shoots and drives him to the cage but doesn't have the power to get it south. Brandao breaks away and swings for the fences. Brian again shoots, this time sloppily, and Diego laughs it off. They clinch and Caraway gets him to the cage but again Diego just muscles his way out and lands a knee on the breakaway. Hard low kick by Brandao spins Caraway like a dreidel. They tie up and nothing happens. It goes back to a striking affair and another crippling leg kick from the Brazilian which prompts another takedown attempt with similar results. Two minute mark and Diego stuns him with a left. Caraway backpedals and eats a jumping knee which puts him on his ass. Brandao ground-and-pounding like a madman but Caraway survives, gets to his feet and eats a brutal high kick. He's back on his ass and clearly on queer street but the ref allows the punishment to continue. Brandao in danger of punching himself out. Once again, Bryan gets to his feet but he's punch drunk and it's just a matter of time before Diego lands flush. He does and when he lands a second huge punch from the top, the ref finally decides to step in -- but it was a late stoppage in my book.
Diego Brandao def. Bryan Caraway via technical knockout
After the fight, Caraway shares his disappointment. Brandao calls out Dennis Bermudez and Bisping predicts that Diego runs through him and wins the whole show.
The final match-ups are as follows:
135 lbs.: John Dodson vs. T.J. Dillashaw
145 lbs.: Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez
Find out who will be crowned The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Champion, as well as the winner between Michael Bisping and Jason Miller, this Saturday night (Dec. 3, 2011) at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
See you then!