Below you’ll find our quick predictions for this weekend’s Ultimate Fighter Season 14 final in Las Vegas which will feature the finals of both the bantamweight and featherweight tournaments from the latest season alongside the Bisping Vs Mayhem headliner.
Michael Bisping vs. Jason Miller
The smart money is on Bisping here. While he’s often criticized for his lack of KO power he is a good efficient striker who’ll get the better of the exchanges and ‘Mayhem’ siimply doesn’t have the power himself to trouble the UK fighter’s biggest weakness – his slightly suspect chin. Mayhem’s also been out for over a year so ring rust will be an issue, and Bisping’s cardio is one of his strong points. Really the only area Miller could have the edge is with his BJJ, but Bisping has very good takedown defence and under-rated jiu-jitsu from his back.
Michael Bisping to win by decision.
Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez
Brandao has proven to be a bit of a beast in his TUF 14 run so far, and I expect that to continue in the final against Bermudez. He’s extremely aggressive, fights at a high tempo and possesses the killer instinct. Bermudez showed heart to bounce back from being rocked several times in the TUF house to make the finale, but Brandao has more power than the other fighter’s he’s faced thus far and I believe he’ll get stopped within two rounds. If I’m wrong and he can survive into the latter stages of the fight then his cardio could become a key factor.
Diego Brandao to win by TKO in Rd2.
T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Dodson
This is a classic striker vs grappler match-up and I favor Dillashaw’s wrestling credentials here, though you can’t help but admire Dodson’s impish energy, speed and eye-catching striking maneouvers. Dodson’s agility makes him tough to get down, but the ‘Team Alpha Male’ product has the work ethic to stick to the task at hand and should eventually be able to plant him on his mat before wearing him down with ground and pound. The longer the fight goes on the more it tilts in Dillashaw’s favor and I think he’ll do enough to get the nod on the judges scorecards.
TJ Dillashaw to win by decision.
Anthony Ferguson vs. Yves Edwards
A few years ago this fight would have warranted more thought, but recently I’ve just not been convinced by the seasoned veteran Edwards and feel his best days are behind him. Ferguson on the other hand is a fighter on the rise with excellent hands and an all-round improving game, and I think his clinical striking and hunger to succeed will result in a stoppage victory here.
Anthony Ferguson to win by TKO in Rd2.
Prelims: (Predicted winners in bold)
Johnny Bedford Vs Louis Gaudinot
Stephen Bass vs. Marcus Brimage
John Albert vs. Dustin Pague
Josh Ferguson vs. Roland Delorme
Josh Clopton vs. Steven Siler
Dustin Neace vs. Bryan Caraway