A recap of episode five of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller...
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Dustin Neace – Around the Octagon
CAUTION: SPOILERS INCLUDED – Coach Jason “Mayhem” Miller has led his squad to a commanding 4-0 lead on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller, and tempers are beginning to flare on the opposing side.
Following Dustin Pague’s win over Louis Gaudinot, Team Bisping’s Diego Brandao gets into it with Team Miller’s Steven Siler.
“I’m going to take your head off,” yells Brandao, but he gets a talking to from his coach when he punches the wall, risking injury.
“Diego’s a little emotionally unstable,” said Bisping. “He’s pissed off and he wants to fight.”
Miller visits his team in the house and finds out that the mole on the squad who is telling Team Bisping the upcoming matchups is John Dodson.
“Now that we know the situation, I’ll try to use it to our advantage,” said Miller, who takes a proposed Siler-Brandao bout off the table in favor of a bout between Dustin Neace and Akira Corassani.
“It’s gonna give us a decided advantage,” said Miller. “Akira will be really fat, Dustin will be really in shape, and Diego will be really pissed.”
Adding to the fire between Neace and Corassani is their continued bad blood with each other over various pranks, and when things extend to the gym, the two need to be separated by Bisping.
At the fight announcement, things keep escalating, but “Mayhem” ends the suspense by announcing the Neace-Corassani bout. Things are calm for just seconds though, as the staredown kicks off a brawl, causing the coaches to step in to break everything up. Then it’s Miller pushing Bisping, and the peacemakers keep jawing at each other.
Once it’s time to fight for real, the action is close until Neace trips to the mat, allowing Corassani to land some ground strikes and take the top position. Neace stays busy in between strikes from his opponent, and he locks in a heel hook and nearly submits Corassani. With a minute left, the two scramble and stand, with Neace finishing his scoring for the round with a takedown.
Between rounds, Neace insists that Corassani tapped out in the first, but he still has to fight another round. In the second, Corassani starts out strong, with his striking attack scoring some points for him, and with three minutes left, he drops Neace hard with a left hook. Neace is able to weather the storm, but Corassani keeps the pressure on from the top position, allowing him to stay in control and wrap up the round.
That isn’t the end of it though, as Corassani taunts his foe after the final bell and Neace jumps at him. The two are kept apart, but Miller squirts water at Bisping and the coaches are at it again. Corassani also gets warned by Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his post-fight actions.
Corassani wins a majority decision and moves on to the next round, securing Team Bisping’s first win of the season in the process.
Team Miller stays in the lead in the competition 4-1. Here’s how the teams look:
Akira Corassani 1-0
Marcus Brimage – Eliminated in episode two by Bryan Caraway
Stephen Bass – Eliminated in episode four by Dennis Bermudez
Louis Gaudinot – Eliminated in episode four by Dustin Pague
Josh Ferguson – Eliminated in episode three by Johnny Bedford
Dennis Bermudez 1-0
Bryan Caraway 1-0
Dustin Neace - Eliminated in episode five by Akira Corassani
Johnny Bedford 1-0
Dustin Pague 1-0
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