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Armchair Matchmaker: TUF 14 Finale Edition

Tebowing: None of you are doing it right.

Another season of The Ultimate Fighter has come and gone, and we’re not certain what the future holds for it. The entire format of the show we knew and loved, then decided to ignore for a while, then were all like “Dude there’s no way Kimbo gets past Roy Nelson”, then went back to ignoring it when we were proven right, then decided “Well maybe Mayhem will be fun to watch” is about to change yet again. Raise your hand if you got lost during that last sentence.

If there’s one thing we understand at Cage Potato, it’s consistency. No matter how much the show changes, we’ll be around to give you our opinions on what to do with the finale’s biggest names. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Michael Bisping: Since losing to Wanderlei Silva back at UFC 110, Michael Bisping has gone 4-0 and established himself as a Top Ten Middleweight. Or at least that’s what I keep hearing, even though the guys he’s defeated in that time period have been on the lower to middle end of the middleweight division. In his post fight-interview with Ariel Helwani, Bisping hinted that his next fight has already been booked, and it’s against someone he hasn’t fought before. A fight against Alan Belcher makes sense, and should establish the winner as a legitimate contender in the middleweight division. Don’t act too surprised if the UFC uses Bisping as a litmus test for 7-0 (3-0 UFC) prospect Chris Weidman, either.     

Jason “Mayhem” Miller: Um, wow. That happened. Admittedly, we’ve seen much worse, but Miller’s wild striking and poor cardio won’t exactly silence his critics. Nor will they guarantee him a second fight in the UFC, as Dana White seems hesitant to give Mayhem another shot after last night’s performance. But for now, let’s assume that Miller will be given another chance. If that’s the case, Miller deserves a gatekeeper like Alessio Sakara in order to properly gage whether or not he belongs in the organization. Because we’re dealing with a marketable Strikeforce middleweight who fell flat in his UFC debut, my inner sadist won’t stop bringing up Cung Le as well. Regardless of the opponent, it’ll be crystal clear that it’s “go big or go back to Strikeforce” for Jason Miller.  

Diego Brandao: The TUF 14 Featherweight champion showed off a surprising ground game with his armbar victory over Dennis Bermudez. Or maybe it wasn’t surprising at all whatsoever, considering that the guy is a BJJ blackbelt. Regardless, we weren’t expecting him to win via submission. Because four of Brandao’s seven career losses have come via TKO, don’t expect the UFC to book him against a dangerous striker in his post-TUF debut. Rani Yahya, with zero victories by knockout, makes perfect sense.  

John Dodson: The TUF 14 bantamweight champion is in a pretty interesting situation. A natural flyweight, Dodson could- and probably will- stay on the sidelines until the UFC unveils its flyweight division in 2012. But let’s assume that he sticks around at bantamweight until given a specific date for when the UFC will start booking fights at flyweight. An experienced veteran like Jeff Curran or Cole Escovedo would be an interesting, winnable fight for Dodson. Especially Cole Escovedo, if we’re leaning towards “winnable”- as the UFC tends to with its TUF champions in their post-TUF debuts.

Tony Ferguson: Ferguson looked good in his victory against “Thug-jitsu” black belt Yves Edwards last night. Unfortunately for Ferguson, it’s going to take more than a good performance against a gatekeeper like Edwards to earn a contender at lightweight. Ferguson did well stuffing takedown attempts from Edwards, but matching him up against a wrestler like Shane Roller would be a good test for him. Likewise, the winner of the upcoming tilt between Jacob Volkmann and TJ Grant makes sense.

That’s all we have for now. You can decide the fates of the other winners and/or the losers not named “Jason Miller” from last night on your own. Choose wisely.

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mothercruncher- December 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Dayum, did Miller REALLY just take his career out into the open and piss all over it whilst the MMA world watched?

Monumental fuck up.

Even as a Brit, I struggle to like Bisping but some deep dark corner of me still wants him to win each time he fights. I feel (rightfully) ashamed of that fact.
KarmaAteMyCat- December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm
@Xeno; I ment even though the UFC does their thing thats fine but real Fans have a pretty realistic way of thinking about the MMA Power Rankings and thus that makes perfect sense.
XENOPHON- December 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Face it, you can match up Bisping with just about anyone in the top ten. He was given fluff fights for most of his 16 fights. There are only 3-4 legit opponents, and those are the fights he lost.
Its not rocket science. He just isn't that good.
dranokills- December 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm
sorry to cut in karm but sheenaphone is so goddamn stupid I just have to be first to set IT straight:
ahem dear gayass stupid sheenaphone....Karma said “…big kids will discuss actual standings.” meaning HIM and those of us who are ADULTS will talk about, not gay ass fuckers like you or that childish salad tosser Jackoff 3 times. see thats what he meant.
so when he said "“…the UFC Controls the hype on all their fighters and gets to inflate their standings when it suits their situation.” he meant exactly that, and it had nothing to do with the previous qoute. what you need to is learn how to comprehend, but also what you need to do is that cock out your mouth, cause all that blowing is popping your ears fucktard.
Now kindly shut your dicksucker.......BIG KIDS ARE TALKING NOW!
got it? good.
XENOPHON- December 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm
@ghostboner Says: Bring back Nate the Great. Check.
. do you state:
"...big kids will discuss actual standings."
in one post.
. state:
"...the UFC Controls the hype on all their fighters and gets to inflate their standings when it suits their situation."
in another post.
Which is it?
Houstons db- December 5, 2011 at 11:58 am
just realized you already said what i was gunna say but it was somewhere along the lines of "do y'all think the UFC will exploit Brandao's glass jaw or are they gunna keep it under wraps?" considering you guys said they probably will keep it under wraps, my question is answered. Have a good day ninjas and white doggs.
jfjjfjff- December 5, 2011 at 9:53 am
i like bisping vs stann because i think bisping will get destroyed. no way is stann getting knocked out by feather-fists.
Dagnut- December 5, 2011 at 9:43 am
I don't see how Okami has any bearing on the division whatsoever? So he won out a decision over Munoz and what else? I'm not saying Bisbing is a contender either but why test him against someone who got a default shot because there was no one else? this division has been a mess for a while with contenders seeming to fall away consistently...bisbing should have to fight Sonnen, I see Sonnen beating him but not as easily as people think...he managed Hamil and Evans pretty well both big strong wrestlers
Morningwood- December 5, 2011 at 7:32 am
The more I think about it the more I like Okami as Bispings next opponent. Okami just got worked by Silva. If Bisping loses to Okami, then no way is he top 3. If he beats Okami then there's some thought he's ready for Silva, or at least a beating by Silva. He'd be fighting only for the paycheck as he's too slow, and his ground game is nothing and if can't hit hard enough to KO a tiered Miller on the feet. No way he touches Silva. Might be a Forrest type beating part 2.
hitekredneck- December 5, 2011 at 6:50 am
Love him, hate him, don't care about don't fuckin matter....dude has won his last 4, and to put it bluntly, Dana should go right ahead and feed him to Silva...Bisping has skills, sure...but not what he needs for the Spider, who would punish him to my little hearts desire.
Buster Hyman- December 5, 2011 at 5:48 am
i got a job, bruh. i'm good to bro.
TeilaTuliTooth- December 5, 2011 at 5:46 am
Paul fuckin' Harris. I wanna hear that sweet ACL music.
KarmaAteMyCat- December 5, 2011 at 5:04 am
@Ed; That shit made me laugh my ass off.
@Shogun; I have a job bro. Thanks.
TeilaTuliTooth- December 5, 2011 at 4:18 am
Paul fucking Harris. with Rosenthal reffing. By the time he stops the fight that leg is gonna be over panama on the way to Rio, in Harris's backpack.
Dagnut- December 5, 2011 at 1:29 am
^^^probably should of read the next article first...Did Sonnen not hint at facing the TUF winner in an interview?
Dagnut- December 5, 2011 at 1:27 am
Bisbing is fight Sonnen next.
ghostboner- December 5, 2011 at 12:38 am
A fucking cactus? Seriously captcha, a cactus? I don't have a key on my keyboard that can draw cacti! My captcha was: (cactus) (a) w oBdelle
ghostboner- December 5, 2011 at 12:36 am
DOn't make drano bust down the door with a bag of dicks. He will slap you with each and every damn one of em. He is like the stork, only replace the babies with dicks. In bags. Eat em.
Also, Nathaniel muthafuckin Hawthorne MarkWart. Bring him back.
Truck_driver_on_meth- December 5, 2011 at 12:05 am
Bisping vs winner of Johnson/Belfort

Now fuck off
shogunfootstomp- December 4, 2011 at 10:34 pm
the last 3-4 ppv cards were terrible. i used to get em all, not any more!! if it was boxing and manny got hurt would they still charge full price? aka.. you were going to see a championship fight, now your not, but your still gonna pay for it??? the next one... nogs are old and used up!!! as is tito... i guess 1 good fight for 50 is a good deal?? glad they started putting them on fox for free, as thats where they belong. ufc is getting to wwf or whatever they call wrestling now.. typical ppv--- this is gonna be his hardest fight ever---blah-blah-etc. they wanna go mainsteam and have a front man saying f- this and f- him... just a thought... thats not gonna work. comes of as a thug to the casual watcher..basically since the insurance has come into play we have had terrible cards for the most part, fighters getting injured.... just my thoughts. first time poster, long[ 3+yr.] reader. ps... karma get a job...i have hobbies too, but i cant rely on them to pay for my family and bills!!
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SonOfSerbia- December 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm
Bisping vs Stann would be nice....Cung Le vs Mayhem in a winner stays loser goes back to strikeforce match...Middleweight Ranking: 1. Spider 2. ________________3. Everyone else fighting for a chance to get their ass beat
Casa de los pantelones- December 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm
You guys are toolboxes. It should be Bisping vs Aldo. And then, only if Paul Harris isn't available.

Speaking of Aldo, I haven't seen someone move quite like him, other than guillard, but dodson could give him a run for his money, if they are in the same weight class by then. That dude is crazy quick.
edhedicus- December 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm
@Karma- All in good fun! I really don't give a shit about who fights whom, just want fun fights that are worth my $60. And unfortunately I am not a homosexual,and my prostate is quite in tact. But if I was, I would be a star in the UFC! Dana says so. Next TUF you try out for, go in and give Dana a big kiss on the mouth, you'll be in for sure!
Spicymeatball- December 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Here's Dana's problem with coddling Bisping, we have no idea where he truly stands in the Middleweight division as most of his victories have come from guys who were nowhere near the top ten. His 9-5 UFC record or whatever it is doesn't mean shit, and how the Jorge Rivera fight isn't a NC baffles me. Like someone said before me Okami would be a great matchup for Bisping and will be a real test of his TDD. He needs to fight one of Belcher, Okami, Maia, or the winner of Johnson Vitor. Enough with him beating guys he clearly outclasses.