Marcus Brimage vs. Stephen Bass
Marcus Brimage and Stephen Bass were doing their best to earn a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus with an exciting bout to cap off the TUF 14 finale prelims on Facebook.
Alabama native Marcus Brimage came out like a firecracker showing off his striking prowess, tagging Bass at will especially in the opening round. Brimage blasted Bass with several big shots, stunning his former roommate at different points during the first five minutes.
Brimage also established a quick and powerful inside leg kick that had Bass hurting often in the fight.
Down two rounds to none going into the third, Bass decided to leave it all in the cage and he went after Brimage with everything he had, and it almost paid off. Bass clipped Brimage, hurting him and sending him backwards. Bass tried to follow up, but couldn’t quite capitalize and Brimage was able to recover.
After 15-minutes, the judges gave Marcus Brimage the win and the former Team Bisping fighter gave props to his opponent and fellow TUF 14 fighter for a good performance.
“I really appreciate Stephen for helping me give these fans a fantastic fight,” said Brimage. “I just want to make you, Dana White and the fans proud.”
John Albert vs. Dustin Pague
John ‘Prince’ Albert crowned Dustin Pague with a blitz of strikes to get a quick first round finish to officially kick off his UFC career.
Albert cracked Pague with a left behind the ear, then followed with a nasty right, dropping the former Team Mayhem fighter to the mat. Once on the ground, Albert trapped Pague’s arm and just unloaded a slew of shots until referee Herb Dean saw enough and swooped in for the save.
A quick finish and impressive performance for John Albert.
Roland Delorme vs. Josh Ferguson
A beautiful display of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu helped Roland Delorme finish Josh Ferguson with a slick rear naked choke in the third round.
Delorme almost put Ferguson away in the opening stanza with a triangle choke, trapping his opponent in the submission for a few minutes. Ferguson never stopped moving, holding his ground and after Delorme tried to transition to an omo plata he slipped out.
He wasn’t as lucky in the third round.
Delorme came storming out, cracking Ferguson with an overhand right and before he knew what hit him, the Canadian was on his back looking for a choke. With perfect technique, Delorme trapped Ferguson’s arm, leaving him virtually defenseless. Delorme slipped his arm under Ferguson’s chin and a few moments later he got the tap.
Steven Siler vs. Josh Clopton
Steven Siler has been studying the Muay Thai clinch because he used it ad nauseam, landing knees and controlling Josh Clopton en route to a unanimous decision victory.
For the first 10 minutes of the fight, Cloption found himself time and time again stuck in the Thai clinch courtesy of Siler, who threw knee after knee, shattering his nose along the way. Clopton’s face was a bloody mess from the barrage of knees, but he kept moving forward and never slowed down to his credit.
The final round saw the best performance from Clopton, who took Siler down and looked to grind him into the mat, but by then he was already down two rounds to none. The judges agreed giving Siler the win 29-28 on all the cards.
Bryan Caraway vs. Dustin Neace
He was known as a bit of a head case during his time on the ‘Ultimate Fighter’ season 14, but Bryan Caraway was all business as he submitted former housemate Dustin Neace to kick of the finale on Saturday night.
Caraway came in with confidence landing his left hook early, stunning Neace and putting him on the defensive. Caraway’s wrestling then took over, taking Neach to the mat in both the first and second rounds.
In the second round, Caraway continued to work on the ground and eventually took Neace’s back, and immediately started searching for a rear naked choke. It didn’t take long for Caraway to find a home for his arms around Neace’s neck, and after a few breathless moments he had enough.
Neace tapped out giving Caraway his first win in the UFC.