The case for Mayhem Miller

Jason “Mayhem” Miller won the coaching battle with Michael Bisping, hands down. And his attitude during the show compared with Bisping’s made it easy for fans to pick sides going into last night’s fight. But Miller really didn’t have much of a chance. He hadn’t fought in 16 months, and his last fight was aContinue reading “The case for Mayhem Miller”

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 9: Efficient, yes, but exciting?

I messed up “Episode” and “Season” in my last headline. Oops. Anyway, it’s Season 14, Episode 9. Dustin Pague and his Mayhem teammates drop off a bag of food for a needy guy they’ve seen on their route to and from the training center. Nice. Dustin also has a fight coming up, and Mayhem saysContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 9: Efficient, yes, but exciting?”

The Ultimate Fighter: Episode 14, Season 8: Fire extinguishers! Near-KOs!

Five minutes ago, I was watching the Family Ties episode in which Alex races to the train station to confess his love to Ellen, a scene made that much sweeter by the knowledge that the actors — Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan — are a couple to this day. Now? Michael Bisping. This isContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter: Episode 14, Season 8: Fire extinguishers! Near-KOs!”

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 7: Ground and … hey! Hold still!

Roland Delorme’s foot looks nasty, and he’s despondent. He’s supposed to be getting ready for a fight against TJ Dillashaw. Chute Boxe pioneer Rafael Cordeiro comes in to join Mayhem’s training. John Dodson in particular seems entranced as he watches Cordeiro teach. Bisping brings in a special guest of his own — Tito Ortiz. AkiraContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 7: Ground and … hey! Hold still!”

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 6: How to win friends and influence people

First up: A quick recap of last week’s controversial Akira-Neace fight, in which everyone in the world thinks Akira tapped besides Akira, Bisping and Herb Dean. And everyone in the world thinks Akira and Bisping acted like idiots, taunting Neace and Miller after getting a gift win, except Akira and Bisping. We finally put aContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 6: How to win friends and influence people”

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 5: Bisping’s bad, he’s bad, you know it

Really not a fan of the mouthpiece shots in the opening credits. Arlovski has creative. These guys? No. Mayhem calls in his team for a quick huddle after Dustin Pague’s win over Louis Greenhairnot. Dustin asks if they can yell “Glory to God!” Mayhem is not one for religion, but he grants the wish withContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 5: Bisping’s bad, he’s bad, you know it”

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 4: You know the matchup, but can you stop it?

Who decided that a bantam was lighter than a feather? Never really understood that. Next matchup: Stephen Bass (Bisping featherweight) vs. Dennis Bermudez (Miller). We learn this from Louis Gaudinot, who tells his coach Bisping, who heard it from (sigh) John Dodson. My man. The mole. Stephen doesn’t want to do a third round inContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 4: You know the matchup, but can you stop it?”

The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 2

Slight change in the opening credits from season past — it’s almost all fight footage. Very little from the gym. It’s as if they’re sending a message that the fights this season are going to be as impressive as we saw last week. Rare bit of trivia: The house is 15,000 square feet. “We ateContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 2”