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Mayhem gasses, Bisping smashes at TUF 14 Finale


(pic via Esther Lin’s TUF 14 Finale gallery at MMA Fighting)

Things were looking pretty decent for Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller in his fight with Michael Bisping right up until he ran out of gas. Extra unfortunate for Jason: this happened after just one round. From there Bisping abused Miller like a secret basement sex daughter until the ref mercifully stepped in and stopped things near the end of the third. It was a huge disappointment for Mayhem fans and fans of seeing Michael Bisping get his.

While the coach’s fight was a pretty straight forward ass whupping, there was some controversy in other fights. John Dodson’s TKO of TJ Dillashaw looked pretty brutal in full speed when it happened but upon video review showed Dillashaw scrambling for a leg as soon as he hit the ground. It’s the kind of thing 9 refs out of 10 would have stopped, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still an early stoppage. Not to say I’m not content with John Dodson as the bantamweight TUF winner or anything.

I’m also pleased with Diego Brandao winning the 145 bracket. Anyone that wants to sacrifice their mental faculties and bodily health so they can emulate Wanderlei Silva is aight by me. Also, I’ve got a fever and the only cure is more Sandstorm being used in fighter walk-ins. Brandao and Dennis Bermudez let er rip in a back and forth fight that ended with Diego escaping a bad spot off his back and locking up a armbar that borked up his opponent’s arm. Does this mean he can finally go home to Brazil and buy his momma that house?

Tony Ferguson vs Yves Edwards was looking like it was gonna be a standup war and did it ever live up to expectations. Round 1 of that fight was one of the best rounds of the year. Every time it looked like Ferguson was about to put Edwards away, Edwards would come back with a headkick or three. Round 2 and 3 were close enough to cause Edwards fans to rageface when he lost 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28, but I think the right guy probably won. Don’t hold me to that until I rewatch it without beer goggles. They fuck up my quantitative abilities and lower my standards to the point where I start liking douchebags like Tony Ferguson.

As usual, there’s some guys on TUF who are competing above their best weight. You’ll probably see some of the wheat that was separated from tonight’s chaff drop down to a more natural class. Good for the featherweights, but what about those poor bantamweights with nowhere to go? John Dodson is someone who should be at flyweight, ditto with Louis Gaudinot. I feel extra bad for Louis because he just got ragdolled as a result. Johnny4Jesus Bedford hit him with everything but the kitchen sink, eventually convincing the ref to stop things with some brutal knees and soccer kicks to the body. In that way the first fight and the third had some deja-vu like similarities.

As a small finishing side note, anyone else notice how the refs seemed a lot more underfoot than usual? No, it wasn’t because the lighter weight classes were so much faster (although that probably didn’t help either). The cage used for fights at the Palms is smaller than the PPV cage, which gives you that nice intimate feeling when you’ve got two people and an overweight government official bouncing around the inside.

  • subo

    Mazzagatti is the worst ref in MMA.

    • 12-6 elbows
    • Head kick attempt while Millers is on a knee
    • Pick those wisely, Mike!  Versus one punch/stand-up/point deduction to Brock
  • Jarman

    Mayhem looked slow right off the bat, he seemed to be moving half speed, and I was wondering how any of his punches were landing, or how he was gonna get the takedown. They kept referring to the “adrenaline dump” and “oh, I’m here at the big show”, but all i could think of was that you could fit the whole of the pearl in the massive bosom of saitama…..10-15 times over. whatever the fuck his gas out was from, it wasn’t from being overwhelmed at the enormity of the show.

  • McBayne

    I don’t think Miller looked that bad off the start, his striking looked improved enough so it would be “competitive” rather than “rape” re: standing.  

    don’t think japanese crowd size, nor viewers (more probably saw Shields fight), matters, b/c who cares about saku & the 185 SF belt.  first fight in the big show at new weight class, a lot invested w/ the TUF thing .. arguably biggest fight, arguably biggest test, of mayhem’s career, I don’t see how you can dismiss adrenaline dump on the basis of crowd size in Japan.    

  • Reverend Clint

    less to do with the physical size of the event but more mental. big deal after weeks and months of hype.

  • McBayne

    i’d wager the “fight less relevant to the MMA scene / huge crowd that loves the entertainers” plays in Mayhem’s favor.

    Maybe it was pressure, maybe it was dishearting b/t rounds when he mounted him and did nothing, but Miller to start round two looked beyond atrocious.  BJ and Shane Carwin could laugh at it.  

  • Jarman

    yeah, i get these things….but he’s been five rounds, and he’s been in big shows. hell, he even fought in the UFC before. that looked more like shane carwin’s gas out than some greeny mcgreenface. I’m not writing off the ‘vaunted adrenaline dump’, but I’m questioning it’s role as the sole reason for his gas out. especially given such an underwhelming location and crowd. and tiny cage. maybe the walls were closing in on him?

  • McBayne

    i don’t see how las vegas is an underwhelming location.  

    i’m rewatching, it’s probably a lot of things, but miller defintely over exerts himself in the first four mintues, then getting punched in the face a lot from round two on probably played a role.  it’s hard to speculate, but the japan crowd size argument is trash.  Miller should blame injury / drug addiciton / or something, it’s beyond embarassing.  

  • shillyer

    mayhem will be back and he will beat bisping. sometime in the future. he had about two years ring rust since he face a real opponent 

     

  • subo

    Wait for my piece tomorrow (waiting for BOSSMAN to post it); I blame Strikeforce for most things, and last night’s performance was no different.

  • Reverend Clint

    its the palms… chump change

  • McBayne

    I don’t read serb literature and don’t plan on starting tomorrow but don’t forget Hendo & Diaz just had performances that made SF look like it was the best training camp everrrr.  I do enjoy the SF hate though, specifically when targeted on lopsided matchmaking, I’ll just assume it was well written and thought provoking.  

  • thingvolds

    buwahahahaaha!!

    lot of excuses here.

    oh it was ring rust

    oh it was mental

    oh it was cheap shots.

    how about, oh mayhem is average in every single way, and always has been? what was his last big win, sakuraba?

    i haven’t watched it yet but from what i’m reading it looks like he gassed and got beaten up by one of the most notorious b level flops to ever have zuffa money thrown behind him.

    i guess mayhem won’t be coming for diaz and showing us how we’ve all been “sleeping on him” after all?

  • I am the Liquor

  • I am the Liquor

    Wait! What?

     

    Subo is still producing content here?

  • Blackula Jonez

    Sweet mother of all that is good and holy, I almost entirely agree with thingvolds.

     

    Millers strongest tool as a fighter is his defensive BJJ/grappling. He is an above avergage fighter don’t know if he is a top 10 elite middleweight yet, going to need to see another fight against a quality opponent.

     

    Don’t know what exactly caused it but Miller was visibly exhausted after the first round. When you dive for a takedown, it misses or gets stuffed and you can’t spring back to your feet, your ass is in trouble.

    And Ryan, if drinking during fights can make you think Tony Ferguson won that fight than I wouldn’t drink during live events anymore,  Tony took the first frame, remained competitive but clearly lost rounds 2 &3. CLEARLY.

    What is the UFC going to do about all these cockstrong brazilians coming up in the sport?

  • Redping

    I really don’t think it was clear that he won round 2, tony was definitely landing the harder shots and got the barbosa/ross pearson PUNCHES WENT WHOOOOSH vote

    Also Mayhem Miller sucks, its dissapointing. Strange that the only person who bisping has been given without suspect cardio in recent memory is Wandy. It seems he gets these fighters who only exist for 1 round of a fight and then entirely vanish. Denis Kang is probably the worst offender of this imaginable. I can’t think of anybody who gasses terrible at MW for them to give him next. Tom Lawlor?lol

    hopefully they finally give Bisping to a brazillian so they can rip his leg off. Palhraes or Maia plox

  • frickshun

    Black–>you can’t be serious about your blind love for the black man. I like Edwards but he certainly did not win that fight. His strikes had nowhere near the power of Ferguson’s. That was the story of the fight: volume vs damage. Ferguson won on damage.

  • Reverend Clint

    i usually dont agree with jews but i also dont agree with blacks either. I think tony took the first for sure but the next 2 were really close. So tony wins even though i still think he looks like this.

    Oh and Dodson does look like donald glover

    hell he even looks like danny glover

  • Reverend Clint

    the book of moron

  • shillyer

    ^shit I was right. I thought I saw that during the season 

    cant wait till there is a Brandao one of these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pjNWvEMYwo

  • shillyer

    ^shit I was right. I thought I saw that during the season 

    cant wait till there is a Brandao one of these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pjNWvEMYwo

  • thingvolds

    the “i am an ex mormon” series on youtube is much more compelling

  • Carcass

    HAHAHAHA!
    Where are all you cunts talking trash on Mike, saying he was going to lose?

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    Mayhem looked like complete ass. wouldn’t shock me if he was 1 and done with the UFC. Again.

  • Reverend Clint

    carcass is the only bisping fan

  • Symbul

    Subo, attempted fouls are not against the rules. Besides, for that head kick to land, Mayhem would’ve had to get off his knee, thus making it legal.

    I’m not going to defend Mazzagatti’s point deduction in the Lesnar-Mir fight but you can’t just straight take points from a guy when his opponent is rolling the back of his head into the punches.

    Oh, also, the Edwards-Ferguson decision. I think it played a big part that when Ferguson got hit he ate it like a champ. When Edwards got hit you could see him hurting.

  • Reverend Clint

    its too bad mayhem screwed the pooch since he is at the very least interesting to listen to. he is like Chael Sonnen except not a republican. Or like nick diaz except literate.

  • P W

    The tiny ring and the hollow sound of the audience gave it the impression that they were fighting in a high school gymnasium. And then when Goldberg started shilling literally in the middle of a heated exchange during the Edwards vs. Ferguson fight, and they didn’t show any replays of that cool rolling omoplata attempt, I had to remind myself I wasn’t watching some newly started organization taking its first shaky steps, but the supposedly cream of the crop.

    Good fights though.

  • iamphoenix

    i like your pic PW

  • Reverend Clint

    oh and bradeo looked like dog shit until he pulled off the magic armbar… kinda like a silva.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ so rocking bermudez twice, taking him down twice and then taking his back while controlling the pace of the entire fight is what you consider “dog shit”???

  • agentsmith

    I had high hopes for Miller, but his performance can only be described as “shitting the bed”.  And somehow Bisping managed to look shitty while beating the shit out of him.  That’s a lot of shit in one cage all at once.

  • Reverend Clint

    he was one or two punches away from having the fight stopped… maybe dog shit is too strong. more like lizard shit

  • Blackula Jonez

    rofl agentsmith

  • Jarman

    what was it cockchestnar said about makin sammiches? or salad?

  • frickshun

    Fucking Jawsh w/some dumb shit spewing out of both sides of his dumb mouth. Bermudez was all over Brandao. Take a look @ Brandao’s face @ the start of the fight. He looked scared & nervous. It made sense how he was getting dominated early. Bermudez beat him in every exchange til that 1 nice punch landed he got dropped. He seems to let that happen in every fight (which is a terrible sign) but he recovered quick & almost stopped Brandao. The armbar was absolutely beautiful but it doesn’t change the fact that he was losing the round. Both guys will be signed & both have a future.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ this actually brings up an interesting point. because i DO agree that bermudez beat Brandao to the punch early on in the fight, BUT does that negate all of the other stuff that happened? ie. does one guy hitting the other guy in the face more often trump getting rocked (twice) and taken down (twice) and letting the first guy dictate the pace of the fight??

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