There will be no love lost at The Ultimate Fighter season 14 finale when T.J. Dillashaw meets John Dodson in the bantamweight tournament finals. The two fighters earned their way to the finale with a slew of impressive performances throughout the show.
A product of Team Alpha Male, T.J. Dillashaw has been looked at as one of the top prospects in the bantamweight division over the last year. A former college wrestler who works alongside UFC stalwarts like Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez, and Chad Mendes, Dillashaw is the latest product to come out of the Sacramento, Calif., camp.
Dillashaw earned the shot at the season 14 crown by defeating Matt Jaggers, Roland Delorme, and Dustin Pague.
Team Jackson product John Dodson was one of the most polished fighters coming into the 14th season of the reality show, having competed against a list of tough contenders prior to stepping foot in the UFC.
One of the original fighters to work under coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn, Dodson was one of the favorites going into the show and he did not disappoint.
Dodson defeated Brandon Merkt, John Albert, and Johnny Bedford to reach the finals on Saturday night.
There has been a war of words already brewing between Dillashaw and Dodson since the season started. Dodson hoped to face Dillashaw during the qualifying rounds of the show. When it appeared Dillashaw was going for an easier path, Dodson quickly jumped on him and called him “draft dodger” for not taking the fight.
Now Dodson will have the chance to back up his strong words when he faces Dillashaw Saturday night for the TUF 14 crown.