The UFC once again brings its roster of top mixed martial arts talent to the FX network Friday night with UFC on FX 4: Maynard vs. Guida. The marquee attraction sees a lightweight affair between “The Bully” Gray Maynard (10-1-1) and “The Carpenter” Clay Guida (29-11) as they battle it out for potential title contention in the UFC’s 155lbs. division. Supporting the main event are the likes of “Hands of Stone” Sam Stout (17-7-1) and “The King” Spencer Fisher (24-8) duking it out for the third time in a lightweight tilt, 170ers “Bad Boy” Brian Ebersole (49-14-1) and TJ Waldburger (15-6) facing off in what will likely be a brawl on the canvas, and British TUF alum “The Real Deal” Ross Pearson (13-5) and WEC veteran Cub Swanson (16-5) fighting to ascend the 145lbs. division ladder. Though much of the MMA fan base will have their eyes glued to the main card on FX, as always, the prelims on Facebook and Fuel TV offer some entertaining match-ups as well, featuring some of the best up-and-comers in the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. Among the long list of promising undercard fighters to keep an eye on is “Super” Steven Siler (20-9).
Last night the UFC closed the books on its fourteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, the last season to be broadcast on Spike TV and to show bouts pre-recorded as opposed to live. The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale card was one of the more entertaining cards of the year as TUF 13 winner “El Cucuy” Tony Ferguson (13-3) took down longtime lightweight veteran Yves Edwards (41-18-1), “The Magician” John Dodson (12-5) and “Ceara” Diego Brandao (14-7) scored a pair of six-figure UFC contracts by taking out TJ Dillashaw (4-1) and Dennis Bermudez (7-3) respectively, and “The Count” Michael Bisping (22-3) dealt “Mayhem” Jason Miller (23-7) a one-sided beating in the battle of the coaches. There were a few disgruntled fans, as always, but as a whole, the card was welcomed as a resounding success by the majority of the MMA community and was a very entertaining offering of mixed martial arts action.
—MAIN CARD (on Spike TV)—
Michael Bisping vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller: Bisping via TKO (Strikes), Round 3, 3:34
Dennis Bermudez vs. Diego Brandao: Brandao via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 4:51
John Dodson vs. TJ Dillashaw: Dodson via TKO (Punches), Round 1, 1:54
Yves Edwards vs. Tony Ferguson: Ferguson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Johnny Bedford vs. Louis Gaudinot: Bedford via TKO (Knees), Round 3, 1:58
The fourteenth season of the UFC’s flagship reality show The Ultimate Fighter has come to an end and Saturday night, it’s time for the finalists and the coaches to go to war. Opening the festivities is a bout between old school UFC lightweight veteran Yves Edwards (41-17-1) and TUF Season 13 alum “El Cucuy” Tony Ferguson (12-2). Following that match-up are the finals of the most recent TUF season featuring “The Menace” Dennis Bermudez (7-2) and “Ceara” Diego Brandao (13-7) at featherweight and TJ Dillashaw (4-0) and “The Magician” John Dodson (11-5) in the bantamweight division. Capping off the evening and the final season of TUF on Spike, coaches “Mayhem” Jason Miller (23-6) and “The Count” Michael Bisping (21-3) collide in the main event.