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Bisping grinds down winded Miller

12/4/2011

The hostile exchanges Michael Bisping and Jason Miller directed at one another throughout Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter" came to an end Saturday night after their middleweight fight in Las Vegas.

Bisping, the more technically sound puncher, wore down Miller en route to a third-round TKO. The finish came at the 3:34 mark when a bruised, battered and physically exhausted Miller could no longer defend himself.

"I'm tired," Bisping said after extending lots of energy hitting Miller repeatedly in the second and third rounds. "He's a tough guy.

"I knew if I was going to finish him, I needed a high work rate."

Miller's best effort came in the first round, when he was able to take Bisping down and land a few punches to the body. But it was all Bisping after that.

"The most one-sided fight I might have ever seen in the UFC," said UFC president Dana White.

Bisping, who is ranked seventh among middleweights by ESPN.com, improved to 22-3. He has won four fights in a row.

Miller falls to 24-8.

Brandao survives onslaught, submits Bermudez

In a first round that will not be forgotten in a very long time, Diego Brandao submitted Dennis Bermudez to become TUF Season 14 featherweight champion.

The end came at the 4:51 mark, when Bermudez left his left arm exposed and got caught in an armbar.

Before the finish, Bermudez floored a charging Brandao with a short right hand. Bermudez began pounding his dazed opponent, but failed to protect his left arm while the two were on the ground.

Earlier in the round, it was Brandao who landed an overhand right that dropped Bermudez (7-3).

Brandao (14-7) made it known what he plans to do with his six-figure contract for becoming the featherweight winner.

"I know my father is looking, and now I am going to buy a house for my mom in Brazil," he said.

Dodson wins TUF bantamweight title

John Dodson became the first bantamweight TUF winner after stopping T.J. Dillashaw via TKO in the opening round.

A combination of Dodson's speed and power proved too much for Dillashaw to handle.

Dodson landed a left that caught Dillashaw behind his right ear. The punch dropped Dillashaw and Dodson delivered more punches, forcing referee Herb Dean to wave it off at the 1:54 mark.

Many in the crowd began to boo the stoppage. Some fans continued to boo when Dodson received his trophy from White.

Despite the crowd's reaction, Dodson refused to allow his spirits to be dampened.

"Words cannot describe how I feel," Dodson said.

Dillashaw suffers his first professional loss and is now 4-1. Dodson improves to 12-5.

Hard-hitting Ferguson outpoints Edwards

Veteran Yves Edwards opted to get into a striking match with Tony Ferguson in a lightweight battle. It wasn't a good idea by Edwards.

Ferguson, "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 13 winner, landed the harder punches and kicks to convince all three judges, who gave him a unanimous decision win.

The judges' scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. ESPN.com gave the nod to Ferguson 29-28.

"I give my hat to Yves; he is a heck of a fighter," Ferguson said after improving to 13-2.

Edwards (41-18-1) has dropped two of his three most recent fights.

Bigger, stronger Bedford beats up Gaudinot

Johnny Bedford used his 7-inch height advantage and 8-inch reach advantage to punish Louis Gaudinot en route to a third-round TKO in a bantamweight bout.

The 5-foot-10 Bedford towered over Gaudinot and used his leverage to overwhelm his 5-3 opponent. Bedford tossed Gaudinot to the ground and pounded him throughout the first two rounds.

In the third, Bedford punished Gaudinot's body. But it was a knee to the head that would do the most damage.

Gaudinot would fall to the canvas from the knee. Bedford followed with more knees and punches, forcing the referee to jump in at the 1:58 mark.

Bedford improves to 18-9-1. Gaudinot slips to 5-2.

Brimage beats Bass in striking battle

In a battle of featherweight strikers, Marcus Brimage used speed and aggression to outpoint TUF teammate Stephen Bass.

Brimage (4-1) secured the first two rounds by landing hard left hands and inside leg kicks. But Bass (10-1) found his range in the third and landed several hard right hands.

The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28. ESPN.com scored it 29-28 for Brimage.

Albert locks up first-round victory

Bantamweight John Albert landed a hard right that sent Dustin Pague to the canvas seconds into the opening round. Albert then locked up Pague's right arm, rendering him defenseless.

Referee Herb Dean jumped in to stop the assault at the 1:09 mark.

"I've been training hard and working on that right hand," Albert said after improving to 7-1. "I'm a ground fighter first. I just like to strike; I like to bang."

Pague falls to 10-6.

Delorme forces Ferguson to tap in third

Roland Delorme landed a hard left to drop Josh Ferguson, then applied a rear-naked choke to secure the win in this bantamweight showdown.

Ferguson tapped 22 seconds into the third round, giving Delorme his seventh pro victory against just one loss. Ferguson falls to 7-4.

The fighters battled on the ground in the first round, with Delorme getting the edge. They showed off their stand-up striking skills in the second.

Siler punishes Clopton with knees

Steven Siler landed Muay Thai-style knees repeatedly in the first two rounds to secure a unanimous decision over Josh Clopton in a featherweight bout.

All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Siler, as did ESPN.com.

Siler improves to 19-9, while Clopton suffers the first loss of his career. He is now 6-1-1.

Caraway submits pal, Neace, in second

Featherweight Bryan Caraway was able to get Dustin Neace to the ground and apply a rear-naked choke for his first official UFC win.

Caraway submitted his TUF 14 teammate at 3:38 of the second round. The victory moved Caraway to 16-5.

Neace falls to 23-18-1.

Franklin McNeil covers MMA and boxing for ESPN.com. He also appears regularly on "MMA Live." Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil.