UFC Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Picks
Saturday, 03 December 2011 12:10
After a break for the holiday, your trusty team of Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Daily MMA experts are back with their selections for UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.
Outside of the main event, the show is filled with a lot of fighters casual fans won't be familiar with. On paper, however, the main card really looks great with what should be a great bantamweight finale, an entertaining lightweight fight between a veteran and a knockout king and a true main event grudge match.
Here's your panel this week:- Mike Sempervive (36-14): Wrestling Observer Live
| Big Audio Nightmare w/Adam
- Todd Martin: (37-13): weekly FFD guest
| WWE RAW recapper
| LA Times
- Dave Meltzer (17-8):
Wrestling Observer founder & writer | Yahoo MMA scribe- Oliver Copp (27-23) and Mike Sawyer (31-19) of Tough Talk
| Show- Yours truly (32-18): FFD guest
| FIGHT! Magazine
| WGAM MMA Show
| Bloody Elbow
Here we go!
Michael Bisping (21-3) vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller (24-7)
As Todd mentioned during his Thursday FFD appearance
, this is one of the few grudge matches to make free TV air in quite some time. This is a battle of two guys who haven't competed in a while as "The Count" was last seen beating up Jorge Rivera in a controversial second round TKO win in February, while Miller's last fight was a submission win over Sakuraba in September 2010. Before that? A first-round TKO win over Tim Stout. Bisping comes into Saturday with three straight wins and four of his last five.Bisping:
Nason, Meltzer, Copp, MartinMiller:
Four of the six are going with Bisping, while Semp and Sawyer are going with the reality star.
Bantamweight Finals: T.J. Dillashaw (4-0) vs. John Dodson (11-5)
The Team Alpha Male product, Dillashaw got heat during the season for allegedly trying to take the easy route to the finals with wins over Roland Delorme and Dustin Pague. Dodson gives up some height in every fight, but looked impressive in wins over John Albert and Johnny Bedford in making it to Saturday. This should be a fun and competitive fight that goes the distance.Dillashaw:
Nason, Sempervive, Meltzer, Copp, Sawyer, MartinFeatherweight Finals: Diego Brandao (13-7) vs. Dennis Bermudez (7-2)
A lot has been made of Brandao's destruction of Steven Siler and Bryan Caraway on his road to the finals, neither of which will making a UFC impact anytime soon. The 24-year-old began working the U.S. circuit in 2010, competing five times.
The 24-year-old Bermudez picked up wins over Stephan Bass and Akira Corassani on the show and has some fights over former UFC talent (Drew Fickett, Shannon Gugerty) in his past. Interesting note: he went into the show with two straight first round submission losses.Brandao:
Nason, Sempervive, Meltzer, Copp, Sawyer, Martin
In both tournament finals, the crew sees just one winner. Tony Ferguson (12-2) vs. Yves Edwards (47-17-1)
After a controversial stint on TUF's 13th season, Ferguson
has knocked out both Ramsey Nijem and Aaron Riley in the first round and enters Saturday with five straight wins: all by T/KO. He faces a true veteran in Edwards who will compete for the 60th time on Saturday.
In his latest UFC stint, Edwards is 3-1 and last picked up a second-round TKO win over Rafaello Oliveira in October. He did, however, lose via first round KO to Sam Stout in June in one of the year's biggest knockouts.Ferguson:
Nason, Meltzer, MartinEdwards:
Sempervive, Copp, Sawyer
A split right down the middle!Johnny Bedford (17-9-1) vs. Louis Gaudinot (5-1)
The 27-year-old Gaudinot (Team Bisping member with the green hair) lost to Dustin Pague on the show, but enters Saturday with four straight wins. Bedford defeated Josh Ferguson and lost to Bedford in the semifinals. Before the show, he had won six of seven and at 5'10", will have a height and reach advantage in nearly all of his 135-pound fights.Bedford:
Nason, Sempervive, MeltzerGaudinot:
Copp, Sawyer, Martin
Another split, but this is really a toss up fight.
Live play-by-play starts here on WrestlingObserver.com in just a few hours. The Facebook prelims kick off at 5:45 pm EST with the main show starting at 8 pm EST on Spike.