TUF 14 Finale Live Blog: Michael Bisping vs. Mayhem Miller Updates

Bisping beats Mayhem Miller at TUF 14 Finale.LAS VEGAS -- This is the TUF 14 live blog for Michael Bisping vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller, a middleweight bout on tonight's UFC on Spike TV event at the Pearl at the Palms.

After coaching opposing teams this season on The Ultimate Fighter, Bisping (21-3) and Miller (24-7) will battle in the cage for the final word. On a three-fight win streak, Bisping (21-3) is looking to stay in the running as a title contender in the UFC's 185-pound division. Miller is returning to the UFC after fighting in numerous promotions the last six years.

The live blog is below.




Round 1: Miller looks to pressure Bisping early, coming straight in and eating a jab before getting tied up in the clinch against the fence. The crowd breaks into a 'USA!' chant, and we're not more than 30 seconds in. They separate and Bisping tags Miller. He's showing damage over his right eye already, but I can't tell if it's a cut. Miller lands a looping overhand right, then gets a takedown moments later. Bisping is trying to wall-walk up the fence, but Miller has his legs trapped. Miller tries to work some short punches, but can't do much without letting Bisping get space. Bisping gets to his feet and Miller jumps in with a right. Good counter right by Bisping. Miller responds with a left. Ten seconds left. Miller forces Bisping back and drops for a takedown, but that's the round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Miller.

Round 2: Miller goes back to work with those looping punches, but Bisping is tagging him with straight shots. Blood from the nose of Miller now. Miller shoots for a double-leg and then transitions to a single, but Bisping shuts him down. They both step in with punches and Bisping pulls away, touching his eye. Not sure if he thinks he was poked or what, but Miller didn't seem like he was buying it. After the restart, Bisping's striking is looking much crisper than Miller's, and Miller is starting to slow down. Miller misses a takedown and rolls to his back. Bisping pressures him as he tries to stand, then wings a head kick while Miller is on a knee. That would have been totally illegal if it landed, but it went over Miller's head. Miller looking very tired now, and Bisping is taking advantage, peppering him with everything he can think of. Miller puts his hands down and taunts Bisping, even as Bisping tees off on his face. Miller tries for a takedown and ends up on his back, getting hammered with elbows and just barely surviving the round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-8 for Bisping.

Round 3: Miller comes out looking for the takedown and Bisping stuffs him again, then adds a kick to the body while he's down. Miller is running on heart and fumes now, and Bisping is stalking him. Miller is circling away with his back on the fence while Bisping pursues with pinpoint strikes. Bisping stops and complains of another eye poke, but we're not paused for long. Miller tries for another takedown and ends up turtled up while Bisping slams him with punches and digs knees to his body. Miller rolls to his back and eats more punches. Bisping is pouring it on him and Miller is too tired to do much about it. Referee Steve Mazzagatti has seen enough brutality for one night, and he steps in to stop it. Miller rises and curses to himself. He's clearly still in possession of his wits, but just totally worn out. Bisping takes a bow in the center of the Octagon, to a mix of cheers and jeers. Hey, at least there were some cheers. Baby steps.

Michael Bisping def. Jason "Mayhem" Miller via TKO (strikes) at 3:34 of round three

After the official announcement, Bisping extends his hand to Miller, who takes it. Beef squashed? Maybe. For now, anyway.


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