LAS VEGAS – HeavyMMA.com is reporting live from tonight’s Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. The event features a headlining bout between Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
We’ll have live results from the Facebook-streamed preliminary card in this post.
Bryan Caraway d. Dustin Neace via submission, round 2: Caraway and Neace fought a close first round, with each nearly having the other in submission positions. But Caraway used his strong grappling to get Neace to the ground in the second and quickly secured the back, then sunk in a rear naked choke for the submission win.
Caraway: “It went well, it was different, a little strange because he is one of my main training partners on the show, became pretty good friends with him, so it didn’t feel quite the same as a real fight. But it was good, I got the W, that’s what matters. It feels good to win.
It’s been a crazy up and down experience but all for the better. I’m excited for my future.”
Neace: “I’m just going to keep training, just try to get better. That’s all that I can do. I’m going to work on everything. There’s not just one thing to work on. I’m going to try to get better, at just every aspect of the game. With as many fights as I’ve had, I’m still new to the sport. I’ve only been seriously training for about 2 years now, taking fights on 1 week’s notice. This is the first time I’m actually training for fights – I’m just going to keep growing.
The experience is great, my performance…I got thrown off in there. Got caught pretty early and it messed up my whole entire game – it definitely wasn’t my best performance.”
Steven Siler d. Josh Clopton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28): Clopton took the fight two weeks ago in place of the injured Akira Corrasani. He had a difficult weight cut but still presented plenty of problems for Siler in the fight. In the end, Siler used a very effective plum clinch to batter Clopton and despite Clopton getting takedowns in each round, he wasn’t able to do much damage on the ground.
Siler: “The win feels great. That was a hard hard fight for sure. He took a beating, I thought he’d go down but he kept coming. I started off slow, I was a little bothered by that but once I got it going, I got into a groove and I think I finished off really well. You know The Ultimate Fighter was the best thing that ever happened to me. I appreciate everyone who got me involved in the show. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Roland Delorme d. Josh Ferguson via submission, round 3: The first round was a thrilling grappling battle, with both men rolling around, switching and transitioning from submission to submission nearly flawlessly. The second round was more of a striking battle, but Delorme dropped Ferguson early in the third and quickly secured the rear-naked choke for the submission win.
John Albert d. Dustin Pague via TKO, round 1: Albert dropped Pague early, and then used the rare “Gift Wrap” position to trap Pague’s arm across his own throat before smashing him into a TKO. Fantastic performance from Albert here.
Albert: “It’s the best feeling in the world, I didn’t know whether to cry or scream. I honestly thought it was going to be a 3 round war. He is an amazing kick boxer and I was going to try to dictate the fight but I didn’t think I hit that hard. I want to fight Dominick Cruz next, but I’ll do whatever the UFC says. I’ll fight next week, I’m ready. I feel good.”
Pague: “The show itself was amazing. I had an awesome time, it was a great experience. It tested me physically, mentally, spiritually. It got me into the UFC, which I’m very thankful for. I’m just a little disappointed with myself and my performance tonight but I know God has a plan for me regardless. I try to grow even in my losses so I’m going to keep my head up and know that I’ll be back and I’ll be stronger and better.”
Marcus Brimmage d. Stephen Bass via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)