The TUF 14 finale is now set and the odds have been released for both the bantamweights and featherweights fighting Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The odds are courtesy of Nick Kalikas from BetonFighting.com.
The first fight in the bantamweight finale pits Team Greg Jackson student John Dodson against Team Alpha Male prodigy T.J. Dillashaw.
Dillashaw has opened as a slight favorite in the finale fight at -235 with the comeback on Dodson at +175. Dodson has a clear experience advantage, but Dillashaw has been one of the hottest prospects in the sport and hopes to prove that on Saturday night at the TUF 14 finale.
“T.J. Dillashaw comes in as the slight favorite to win the TUF 14 bantamweight crown. Most of us are expecting a highly competitive three-round war. Both fighters are so well rounded we should get our wish,” said Kalikas. “I think T.J.’s the rightful favorite coming in, but I wouldn’t be to surprised if we see early action coming in on the underdog at the sportsbooks.”
In the other finale fight, Dodson’s teammate from Jackson’s will look to make it four first-round stoppages in a row under The Ultimate Fighter banner as the ferocious Diego Brandao takes on Team Mayhem’s Dennis Bermudez.
Brandao comes in as a heavy favorite at -355 with good reason. The Brazilian has looked almost unstoppable thus far in the season, showing unreal aggression and striking throughout his fights, but also mixing in good takedown defense.
“Diego Brandao opens as a decent favorite in the featherweight finale. No denying how talented Diego is after the way he tore through everyone on his way to the finals,” Kalikas added. “Even though Diego’s a solid favorite heading in, I’m not exactly counting out Dennis Bermudez. He was also very impressive on the show and I know he’ll come ready to fight.”
Bermudez will look for the upset coming back at +255, and the former college wrestler will look to put Brandao in a bad spot, something no one else has been able to do on the show thus far.
The Ultimate Fighter finale takes place on Saturday night in Las Vegas with the first ever bantamweight and featherweight champions being crowned from the reality show.