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The UFC and Spike have crowned 19 “The Ultimate Fighter” champions since the reality show started airing seven years ago.
The duo will officially anoint the final two — before the show moves from Spike to FX next season — Saturday at the Pearl at the Palms after the four finalists all made weight Friday afternoon. Featherweights Diego Brandao (145) and Dennis Bermudez (146) made weight successfully right after bantamweight finalists T.J. Dillashaw (135.5) and John Dodson (134) did the same.
Each of them shook hands with their opponent and made their way off of the stage. No signs of bad blood boiled for the majority “The Ultimate Fighter” 14 cast members who weighed in at the Key West Ballroom.
All 16 fighters who made it into the “TUF” house this season were invited to fight on the finale card, which starts at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the Pearl inside the Palms, because the UFC came away so impressed with the season. Semifinalist Akria Corassani was the only one who couldn’t accept because of an injury.
Most appeared to be on good terms with each other after they spent six months this summer filming “TUF.” The stare down photos were tame with only one exception.
UFC President Dana White did have to separate bantamweights Josh Ferguson (134) and Roland Delorme (136) after they began to head butt each other.
The real drama didn’t start until the fighters’ coaches, Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller, took the stage to tip the scales for their middleweight main event.
Bisping arrived to a room full of boos and weighed in at 186.25 pounds, a quarter-pound overweight. Bisping shed the .25 pounds on a second attempt an hour later but only after flipping off and cussing out a room full of fans.
“I don’t give a (expletive) about getting (expletive) love,” Bisping said. “All I care about is smashing this (expletive)’s head in and that’s going to happen tomorrow night.”
Miller (185.5) stood the side smiling and giving a corner man a high-five as he watched Bisping’s implosion. The two built a rivalry on this season of “TUF” that they’ll settle Saturday night.
“It feels so good to be back,” Miller said of fighting in the UFC for the first time in five years. “Time for talking is done. Tomorrow night I’ll show you what time it is.”
Check below for full results from “The Ultimate Fighter” 14 finale weigh-in.
Middleweight Bout: Michael Bisping (186) vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller (185.5)
“The Ultimate Fighter” Featherweight Championship Bout: Diego Brandao (145) vs. Dennis Bermudez (146)
“The Ultimate Fighter” Bantamweight Championship Bout: T.J. Dillashaw (135.5) vs. John Dodson (134)
Lightweight Bout: Tony Ferguson (155.5) vs. Yves Edwards (155)
Bantamweight Bout: Louis Gaudinot (136) vs. Johnny Bedford (136)
Featherweight Bout: Marcus Brimage (143) vs. Stephen Bass (145)
Bantamweight Bout: Dustin Pague (136) vs. John Albert (136)
Bantamweight Bout: Roland Delorme (136) vs. Josh Ferguson (134)
Featherweight Bout: Steven Siler (146) vs. Josh Clopton (144)
Featherweight Bout: Bryan Caraway (145) vs. Dustin Neace (145.5)