The Ultimate Fighter 14 closed out the final season of the series on Spike TV with a bang. Fans have long been clamoring for the lighter weight fighters on the show, and now we know why… they deliver.
Handing out the usual post-fight award bonuses on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the UFC awarded $40,000 to each of the winners.
The big winner on the night was Diego Brandao. The Brazilian became the featherweight Ultimate Fighter with his first-round armbar of Dennis Bermudez. Brandao actually had to survive being knocked down and an ensuing onslaught of ground and pound from Bermudez before he secured the finish.
Brandao earned the TUF 14 Finale Submission of the Night bonus, and shared the honors with Bermudez for the Fight of the Night bonus, as well. Brandao pocketed an extra $80,000 in addition to his Ultimate Fighter winning performance, while Bermudez netted $40,000 as well in his runner-up role.
John Dodson, who became the bantamweight division’s Ultimate Fighter on Saturday night, also secured the Knockout of the Night bonus with his first-round TKO stoppage of T.J. Dillashaw. The Team Alpha Male fighter argued an early stoppage, but was on wobbly legs as he did so.
Dodson took home the trophy, the six-figure UFC contract, and an additional $40,000 for the finish.
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