The UFC bids fair well to SPIKE TV on December 3rd with the Live Finals of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 14. The reality show is winding up on SPIKE TV this week, and the UFC is moving the series to FOX. This 14th season was based around bantamweights and featherweights, as the UFC is looking to stock up talent in their newer weight classes. The main event features the traditional battle of the coaches, as England’s Michael Bisping faces off against Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller. This fight could decide the first middleweight challenger post Sonnen-Silva 2.
The reality show theme has apparently served it’s purpose, as having them live together for the three months has genuinely made this a grudge match. Bisping is known as a bit of a grump, but Miller is a relentless, annoying personality that could try anyone’s patience if he sets his mind on it. I can see them rubbing each other the wrong way. But what is this match going to look like in the ring?
The sportsbooks have Bisping installed as the favorite, hovering right around minus 200 (-200). This might be because of Bisping’s name recognition as a UFC fighter since 2006, because I think it is a much closer match.
Miller is well known, and he stays in the media’s face. He had a reality show (Bully Beatdown) that potrayed him as a fighter that got his name out there, and he has fought throughout the world. His lone UFC fight however was in 2005, when he dropped a unanimous decision to George St Pierre. Few mainstream fans have actually seen Miller fight, and that is where the catch is.
MIller, for all his ability to portray a goofball, is a very dedicated martial artist and his jiu jitsu is going to be far and away better than anything Bisping has. Wrestling will likely be equally average on both their parts, so it comes down to the standup. Though Bisping is more accomplished, ‘Mayhem’ is a suprisingly polished striker.
Miller has been away from competition for over a year, with his last bout being a fast submission win over deep fried Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba in September of 2010, however the training and atmosphere around season 14 should see ‘Mayhem’ avoid ring rust.
Bisping is a proven winner, as his excellent record of 21-3 shows. Bisping is tough and hard nosed, and has only lost to the top guys that took the game to him. ’Mayhem’ however brings a different type of deceptive game, and if he is able to use it, he may be able to catch ‘The Count’.
Miller is a live underdog in my book. If he doesn’t come thru and Bisping beats him up, I can see this turning into a boo fest as Miller flops, pulls guard, butt scoots and does all the ugly things you can’t teach newbies about MMA.
Have fun picking this one!