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TUF 14 Results: What We Learned from Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez

Andrew BarrCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2011

Diego Brandao has just become the first-ever featherweight fighter to win a season of The Ultimate Fighter.

With just seconds left in what was one of the most exciting one-round fights in recent years, Brandao slapped an armbar on game opponent Dennis Bermudez and forced the tap.

It was a particularly impressive submission because Bermudez had rocked Brandao with a big punch just moments before, and it seemed like Bermudez might be moments away from victory.

After the fight, Bermudez could be seen favoring his arm, raising speculation that it might be broken.


What we'll remember about this fight

All the dramatic turns.

Early in the fight, Brandao landed a big punch, and it looked like it was over, but Bermudez recovered.

Shortly after, Bermudez landed a clean shot that dropped Brandao and, again, it looked like the fight was over.

However, Brandao endured and caught the aforementioned armbar.

The fight kept you consistently on the edge of your seat.


What we learned about Dennis Bermudez


This kid has no fear.

Throughout the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter, cast members seemed intimidated by Brandao, who finished most of his fights in devastating fashion.

Tonight, Bermudez came out, showed no fear and went toe-to-toe with the most feared striker on the show.

Not only that, but he did pretty well and might have won this fight if he hadn't been a bit cocky with his ground-and-pound.


What we learned about Diego Brandao

He's not as invincible as he seemed on the show, but Brandao is legit.

Bermudez was able to put Brandao in some bad spots, but Brandao endured and showed skills in all areas.

Brandao fights with a ton of intensity and seems dedicated to be becoming one of the best fighters in the world.


What's next for Dennis Bermudez

Despite the loss, Bermudez seems like a promising prospect for the featherweight division, and I expect he'll get a tough, mid-level guy in his next fight.

Jonathon Brookins is a possibility.


What's next for Diego Brandao

I see the UFC fast-tracking this guy.

Expect to see Brandao fighting a well-known opponent in his next fight.

Leonard Garcia or Michihiro Omigawa would make sense.


Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for For updates on what's happening in the world of MMA, follow him on Twitter!/AndrewBarr8.

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