• TUF 14 Finale

Brandao will 'absolutely murder Bermudez' - Bisping

ESPN staff
December 2, 2011

Michael Bisping has tipped TUF 14 featherweight finalist Diego Brandao to become a future champion, insisting the Brazilian will "murder" Dennis Bermudez this weekend.

Brandao has been the sensation of the latest TUF series, winning his three fights in a cumulative time of five minutes and 32 seconds. Boasting vicious hands, he is a huge favourite to defeat Bermudez in the 145lb final.

Bisping is the proud coach of Brandao, which meant he had the unenviable task of taming the beast throughout the season. However, against Bermudez the Brit expects it to be one-way traffic.

"The Diego fight is a whitewash, he's going to absolutely murder Bermudez. Diego's an animal," Bisping told ESPN.

"I said Diego could win a UFC title right from the start of the series, that's why he was my top pick. Did you see him fight in the semi-final? Oh my God, he almost murdered the guy.

"Everyone was sh*t-scared of him. They were all pretending they weren't but they all were."

Jason Miller made the better start to the series, winning the first four fights as rival coach to Bisping. But the Brit always knew he had the ace card in Brandao still to play.

"At the start Miller was getting all cocky because they were winning fights, but he was putting all his tough guys against our weakest ones. So I was like, 'alright, you've won four in a row, but eventually you've got to run into our good guys'.

"He was throwing his weaker guys under a bus. He should have put his strong guys against our strong guys. He wasn't very smart though."

The other final sees TJ Dillashaw take on John Dodson in the bantamweight division, with Bisping in the camp of powerful wrestler Dillashaw. The well-balanced Dodson acted as a mole on behalf of Bisping throughout the series though, and Bisping admits it's a tough fight to call.

"Dillashaw v John Dodson - that's a close one. Both men are really good, that's going to be a hell of a fight and it all depends who gets the better training camp," Bisping summarised. "TJ's the better wrestler, but it's a tough fight."

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