All fighters participating in Saturday’s Season 14 finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” made weight Friday except one. Main event middleweight Michael Bisping was over by one quarter-pound, according to event emcee Joe Rogan, and was given two hours to cut the additional weight. Bisping eventually returned and made the limit on his second attempt.
But before he left the stage, the TUF 3 winner that many American fans love to hate delivered a course message to the fans booing. When Rogan asked the booing fans if they would give some love to Bisping, Bisping pulled the microphone away to deliver his response, using several choice words – and one choice finger.
“I couldn’t give a (expletive) about getting (expletive) love. All I care about his beating this d***head’s head in. (Expletive) you all.” And with that, Bisping flipped the crowd the bird and stormed off the stage not far behind his opponent, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who had asked the fans to boo Bisping, inciting them even more.
The official weigh-in event for the TUF 14 Finale took place at The Palms in Las Vegas, site of Saturday’s card.
Bisping and Miller were opposing coaches on Season 14, and in the lead-up to the fight have become increasingly stern with their words about each other in the media. Their demeanor toward each other on the show, which was taped over the summer, was mostly civil, save for a few mild dust-ups.
Miller, fighting in the UFC for the first time since his lone appearance, a loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 52, was 185.5 pounds; Bisping needed the towel brought out to remove his trunks, but still was a quarter-pound over. Miller told Rogan Saturday’s fight would prove if he’s ready to be back in the UFC.
“It feels so good to be back,” Miller said. “The time for talking is done. Tommorrow night, I’ll show you what time it is. Now boo this man.”
Bisping’s face-off with Miller was not instantly in-your-face. But while Miller smirked at Bisping and chomped his gum, Bisping began to move in with some words before being separated by UFC president Dana White.
In the featherweight finale, Team Bisping’s Diego Brandao meets Team Miller’s Dennis Bermudez. Brandao, a Brazilian who trains at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., has already drawn comparisons to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Brandao stormed through his three fights in the TUF house with first-round knockouts. Bermudez finished all three of his fights, as well, with a pair of TKOs and a submission of Akira Corissani to get into the finals against Brandao. Brandao was 145; Bermudez weighed in at 146.
In the bantamweight finale, Heavy.com blogger T.J. Dillashaw, of Team Bisping, faces off with Team Miller’s John Dodson for a six-figure UFC deal. Dillashaw reached the finals with a TKO, submission and then a unanimous decision over Dustin Pague. Dodson knocked out Johnny Bedford to reach the finale. Dillashaw weighed 135.5; Dodson was 134.
Also on the main card, Yves Edwards, winner of four of his last five and seven of his last nine, weighed in at 155 for his lightweight bout against Season 13 TUF winner Tony Ferguson, who was 155.5. Edwards continued his tradition of bringing food to the official weigh-in event, this time eating an apple while squaring off with Ferguson. And in the only matchup of TUF 14 members on the main card not fighting for trophies and guaranteed contracts, Johnny Bedford brings a significant height advantage into his bout with castmate Louis Gaudinot. Each weighed in at 136 for the bantamweight fight.
Saturday’s TUF 14 Finale main card begins at 9 p.m. Eastern with a live broadcast on Spike TV. It will be the final main card telecast by Spike under its current deal with the UFC, though a one-hour prelims special is expected for UFC 141 on Dec. 30 as the official live event swan song. The TUF 14 preliminary card will stream live on the UFC’s Facebook fan page.
The official weigh-in results are below:
Michael Bisping (186.25) vs. Jason Miller (185.5)*
Diego Brandao (145) vs. Dennis Bermudez (146)
T.J. Dillashaw (135.5) vs. John Dodson (134)
Tony Ferguson (155.5) vs. Yves Edwards (155)
Louis Gaudinot (136) vs. Johnny Bedford (136)
Marcus Brimage (143) vs. Stephen Bass (145)
Dustin Pague (136) vs. John Albert (136)
Roland Delorme (136) vs. Josh Ferguson (134)
Steven Siler (146) vs. Josh Clopton (144)
Bryan Caraway (145) vs. Dustin Neace (145.5)
* Bisping was given two hours to cut to the middleweight maximum of 186 pounds.