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TUF 14 Finale Live Blog: Louis Gaudinot vs. Johnny Bedford Updates

Johnny Bedford beats Louis Gaudinot at TUF 14 Finale.UFC

on Spike TV event at the Pearl at the Palms.

Gaudinot (5-1) fought on Team Bisping and lost in the quarterfinals to Dustin Pague. Bedford (17-9-1) made it to the semifnals but was knocked out by John Dodson.

Round 1: Boos for referee Steve Mazzagatti indicate an educated crowd tonight at the Palms. He gives the signal and they get right to it, with Bedford working punch combos straight into a takedown with only 30 seconds gone in the fight. He can't keep Gaudinot down for long, but does land a nice knee to the head as Gaudinot gets up. They're on their feet but seconds before Bedford gets another takedown and then immediately secures full mount. Three minutes left in the round, which might be bad news for Gaudinot. Gaudinot is protecting himself well, but a few of Bedford's punches are slipping through. One particularly stinging shot prompts Gaudinot to turn over and give up his back. Bedford thinks about a choke, but settles for some ground-and-pound from the top. Gaudinot manages to get Bedford off his back, but he's still stuck on bottom eating leather. Gaudinot finally gets back to his feet just before the horn to end the round, and his does not look like the face of a winner so far. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Bedford.

Round 2: Gaudinot has recovered some, but still can't stop Bedford's takedowns. He puts Gaudinot down twice in the first minute, and looks to be in total control from the top. Bedford gets to side control and then moves into full mount again. I seem to be sitting in a Bedford cheering section, and it's full of guys who know exactly what he should do. Gaudinot manages to recover guard, but he's getting roughed up by Bedford right now, and his green cornrows are starting to look pretty sad. Full mount again for Bedford in the final minute of the round. He's trying to smash those elbows through Gaudinot's defenses, but Gaudinot seems content to hang on and survive. Bedford tries for an armbar in the final ten seconds, but Gaudinot won't give it up. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Bedford.

Round 3: Bedford is back in attack mode early, digging a hard shot to the body that makes Gaudinot double over. Gaudinot shows some signs of life with a nice spinning back elbow, but Bedford is unfazed. Bedford backs Gaudinot against the fence and pounds him with knees and punches until he drops. Gaudinot is covered up in the fetal position with Bedford hammering away at him, but Mazzagatti is apparently not quite satisfied. He waits until Bedford has slammed about a dozen unanswered knees into Gaudinot's body and bounced his head off the mat like a basketball before he'll finally stop it.

Johnny Bedford def. Louis Gaudinot via TKO at 1:58 of round three

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