Viewers' guide to TUF 14 Finale
If you have something better to do with your life than watch so-called reality television -- and who doesn't? -- you've not been missing much if you've chosen to skip
Season 14 concludes this week, and you could have gleaned the gist of the whole thing if you happened to be watching a 30-second sequence during the sixth episode. As is often the case with
Miller might be considered an expert on such behavior. As host of the MTV show
Mayhem (24-7, 1 NC) can be a polarizing figure, too, with his in-your-face clownishness and the maniacal laugh that goes with it. Just ask Jake Shields, Nick and Nate Diaz and the rest of the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu crew, who famously assaulted Miller on live network TV after he showed up in the cage following Shields' 2010 Strikeforce win over Dan Henderson and, while the winner was being interviewed on CBS, stole the moment by getting in Jake's face to ask for a rematch of their bout from a few months earlier. This incited a brawl that resulted in a big black eye -- not on any of the fighters but on the sport as a whole.
But that brief skirmish aside, Mayhem does not engender anywhere near the animosity that's aimed at Bisping (21-3). No one does. There's not a fighter in the UFC who has made more enemies than the Brit -- among fans and the other fighters. It's a little mysterious, because Bisping is not the only guy in MMA who carries himself with an air of arrogance, and he's shown a sense of humor and other traits one might call likeable. But he's simply not liked. Has there ever been a knockout more celebrated than Henderson's howitzer right hand that dropped "The Count" at UFC 100?
Last we saw Bisping in the octagon, back in February, he recorded a second-round TKO over Jorge Rivera that would be impressive if not for a couple of scene-stealing sidelights: He softened Rivera for the kill with an illegal kick to the head of his downed opponent, and after the finish he spat at Jorge's cornermen. That's Bisping in a nutshell: A night that should be remembered for an explosive victory instead is remembered for boorishness.
Bisping does have his supporters, but something tells me that Mayhem, though a newcomer to the UFC, will have a lot of fans behind him in Vegas this weekend.