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I'm not here to defend Jason Miller's performance against Michael Bisping. It speaks for itself in all sorts of ways. But what I will do is vigorously defend Miller against the comments of his promoter, UFC president Dana White, who curiously labeled Saturday's middleweight main event one of the most lopsided fights he's seen in the Octagon.
White must have selective memory, or he's just not paying attention to his product.
This isn't about a quick or devastating finish. White was clearly talking about a sustained beating. Whatever the standard, he's wrong, and you don't have to look very hard to find proof of that. In fact, less than two hours before Bisping and Miller stepped in the Octagon, Louis Gaudinot met fellow TUF 14 alum Johnny Bedford. The next 12 minutes featured a one-sided affair that was hard to watch because of the distinct bully nature of the fight. It was embarrassing for the UFC to televise, and so much worse than Bisping-Miller that I can't comprehend how White would make such a statement. He must not have seen it, because Gaudinot's green-dyed cornrows were, in their own right, a hard-to-forget travesty.
Anyhow, off the top of my head here are fights White promoted -- mostly main events, some with a title at stake -- that were less competitive than Bisping-Miller.
|How quickly we forget: Jon Jones' one-sided annihilation of Mauricio Rua was about as one-sided as they come.|
Jon Jones vs. Mauricio Rua
B.J. Penn vs. Joe Stevenson
Rich Franklin vs. David Loiseau
Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn 2
Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann
Junior dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson
Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger
Randy Couture vs. James Toney
Forrest Petz vs. Sam Morgan
Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie
Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis
Ramsey Nijem vs. Danny Downes
Branden Lee Hinkle vs. Sean Gannon
Mark Hominick vs. George Roop
Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir 2
Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch
Chuck Liddell vs. Jeremy Horn
Chuck Liddell vs. Vernon White
And, of course, a bouquet of Anderson Silva's fights, as well as many others. So why did White tweet that out?
As for the rest of the evening: Competitive, high-spirited MMA marked the TUF 14 finale. So let's turn our attention to that instead of White's myopia.
One quick note before we jump to grades: While "The Ultimate Fighter" is a platform for prospects, the most intriguing youngster to compete over the weekend was lightweight Jesse "Bubba" Jenkins. The 2011 NCAA Division I champion wrestler at 157 pounds for Arizona State won his MMA debut by submission via punches in the opening round in Lemoore, Calif., at the Tachi Palace Fights 11. Remember the name. The kid is aggressive and cocky.
Josh Gross covers MMA for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at JoshGrossESPN.