The fight (No. 1)
In the night's first fight, we have a bantamweight semifinal matchup between Team Miller products Johnny Bedford (17-9-1) and John Dodson (11-5). Dana opens the fight with his traditional introduction, and Herb Dean oversees the action.
Johnny looks to strike from distance early, but John does a good job of moving in and out while landing several of his own crisp punches. Johnny looks several times to secure a clinch, but John remains light on his feet and pulls away each time. Johnny finally secures a takedown with less than two minutes remaining, but John pops immediately back up to his feet. Johnny's corner implores him to push forward in the latter stages of the frame, but his bloodied face is a clear indication of who won the opening round.
John starts quickly in the second but does find himself in a bit of early danger when Johnny nearly drags him to the floor. It's only temporary, as John then lands a vicious left to the chin that sends Johnny crashing to the floor. John follows with a few massive hammerfists that Louis Gaudinot describes as "a monkey trying to open up a coconut." It's a brutal finish, and when doctors ask a prone Johnny where he's lying, he responds, "I'm in Ohio."
And with that John Dodson books his finale fight with Team Bisping's T.J. Dillashaw (4-0).
The fight (No. 2)
In the season's final taped fight, Team Bisping's Diego Brandao (13-7) meets Team Miller's Bryan Caraway (15-5) with a featherweight final berth on the line.
Diego moves forward at the opening bell, but it's Bryan who moves in for a quick takedown. Diego is ready and pulls away, remaining upright. A few more sprawls seem to instill confidence in Diego, and he starts to pick up the pace in the striking department.
As the round unfolds, Bryan's corner implores him to move forward, telling their fighter that Diego is tiring. Whether he is or not, Diego is still comfortable defending Bryan's shot and keeps everything on the feet, where he's firing massive overhand rights. It's a left hook, though, that lands flush, and Diego follows with a flying knee right after. Caraway hits the deck and looks to defend, but Diego hammers away with punches from the too. Referee Josh Rosenthal watches closely as Bryan rolls and tries to defend. Eventually, Diego retreats to the feet and lands a high kick when Bryan does the same.
More punches send Bryan to the canvas, and Rosenthal tells him the end is nearing. Diego continues to unload heavy leather. Bryan shows incredible heart in climbing back to his feet yet again, but he's certainly not recovered. Bryan wobbles as he presses in, and he eventually falls to the canvas, where Diego scores with a thundering right hand that seals the result. Rosenthal steps in, and Diego has booked his finals date with Dennis Bermudez (7-2).