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By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch contributor
We start with a recap of last week's episode, with Team Bisping members getting chippy with each other and Johnny Bedford beating Josh Ferguson to give Team Mayhem a 2-0 lead so far. Louis tells Michael Bisping what the next fight is supposed to be. They got a mole on Team Mayhem. Stephen Bass from Team Mayhem is the one supposedly who will be picked to fight. Stephen says Bisping is overworking him.
At the fight announcement Bisping is nowhere to be seen. Jason "Mayhem" Miller picks Dennis Bermudez vs. Stephen Bass. Bass has a black eye from training with Bisping. Team Mayhem is training now. The goal for Dennis is to get the fight to the ground. Dennis lost his last 2 fights, so he's hungry for a win.
Stephen says he's not going to allow Dennis to lay on top of him and beat him. Dennis says he's not afraid of Stephen's striking. Bisping is back, but they haven't addressed why he was gone earlier.
FIGHT- Dennis Bermudez vs. Stephen Bass
Stephen is 3 inches taller and has a 4 inch reach advantage. Josh Rosenthal is the referee.
ROUND 1- Stephen catches a Dennis kick. Dennis jumps in with some shots, but Stephen has him pushed against the fence. Dennis reverses and takes Stephen down. Dennis is working his ground-and-pound. Bisping is yelling for Stephen to get up. Bisping is screaming like crazy for Stephen to get up. Dennis keeps pounding on Stephen. I don't know why Stephen isn't trying to get up. Dennis is controlling this round without question. Now Dennis has his back. Stephen is flattened out and Dennis is teeing off. Rosenthal is close to stopping it. Stephen is done here. I'm surprised Rosenthal didn't stop it, but the round ends.
ROUND 2- Stephen comes out swinging, but he gets dropped quickly. Stephen grabs Dennis by the legs. They get up, but Dennis quickly gets the takedown. He takes Stephen's back and starts swinging. Dennis is peppering Stephen with shots and flattens him out. It's only a matter of time now. Dennis is just smashing Stephen now. Rosenthal finally steps in after Stephen gets abused for a long time.
WINNER- Dennis Bermudez by TKO
Bisping yells at his team for not listening. Stephen is disappointed in himself. Bisping is visibly upset, but he's trying to not be too negative I think. Mayhem gets to pick the next fight and he chooses Dustin Pague vs. Louis Gaudinot. Bisping is confident in this one.
Team Mayhem is discussing about how there's a rat in their midst. Mayhem doesn't seem to be too concerned. Dustin is extremely religious. I'll refrain from commenting about some of the stuff he was saying. Dustin is going to have a huge reach advantage in this one. Stephen pulls Bisping aside and apparently blames him for Stephen losing. The rest of the team seems to side with Bisping. Stephen says Bisping pushed him too hard.
Louis is confident that he'll beat Dustin. Bisping feels as though Louis will win and give Team Bisping fight control. Dustin feels as though him winning will be another nail in Team Bisping's coffin. Louis is motivated by his hatred of losing, but he holds no animosity towards his opponent's.
FIGHT- Dustin Pague vs. Louis Gaudinot
Dustin is 6 inches taller and has an insane 11.5 inch reach advantage. Josh Rosenthal is the referee.
ROUND 1- After some early trading, Dustin nails Louis with a knee. Dustin then gets the takedown, but Louis quickly stands up. Dustin keeps pushing forward. Louis needs to close the distance. As I write that he jumps in and gets a knee to the body. Dustin is landing some good shots. Bisping is calling for a takedown. They trade kicks to the body. They trade punches. Dustin corners Louis and starts punishing him against the cage. They separate. Louis tries for a takedown, but Dustin avoids it. Dustin has Louis against the cage for a minute. Dustin is picking Louis apart with shots on the cage. Dustin is using his knees and hands effectively. Superman punch by Dustin. The round ends.
ROUND 2- They exchange early. Dustin takes the center of the cage, then gets the takedown. Dustin moves Louis against the cage. Louis stands up and reverses Dustin into the cage. Dustin is completely sprawled out, then he reverses position and pushes Louis into the cage. Dustin is unloading on Louis, who falls to the ground and starts bleeding. Dustin takes the back of Louis and works to lock in the choke. Louis avoids it, though, but Dustin locks it back in and Louis has to tap.
WINNER- Dustin Pague by Rear-Naked Choke
Mayhem is very pleased with the way Dustin fought. Dustin is ecstatic. Louis is bleeding good from his nose. Bisping tells Louis he has nothing to be sorry for after Louis apologizes to the team. That's true. Bisping is heartbroken for Louis. The rat John Dodson looks on as Team Mayhem celebrates. Mayhem rubs it in that his team is 4-0 against Team Bisping.
The 2nd fight tonight was pretty good. The first fight was frustrating to watch from the side of Team Bisping. Stephen didn't listen to Bisping and the other coaches at all. Louis fought well, but Dustin was just too good.
NEXT WEEK- Mayhem finds out who the rat is, and the coaches have a conflict
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