The preliminary fights from the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale featured a nice mix of striking and grappling action that saw one TKO, two submissions and three decisions. Featherweights Bryan Caraway, Stephen Siler and Marcus Brimage came away victorious as did bantamweights Roland Delorme and John Albert. The fights streamed live on the UFC's Facebook page.
Albert got the sole TKO by beating up Dustin Pague in barely over a minute of the first round. Both fighters elected to throw down, mutually initiating a wild brawl that saw Albert catch Pague with a combination that dropped him. He followed his man down and got the stoppage with a quickness.
The submissions belonged to Caraway and Delorme. Caraway beat up Dustin Neace standing and followed him to the ground to apply the rear naked choke mid-way through the second round. Delorme won a back and forth grappling battle with Josh Ferguson when Ferguson dived into a punch early in the second. Delorme wasted no time in taking the hurt man's back and choking him out.
Brimage's three round war with Stephen Bass was easily the most entertaining of the three fights to go to decision. Brimage came on strong early and beat up Bass in the first round with a nasty mix of punching combinations and inside leg kicks. The final round was all Bass however as he pushed the pace with the desperation of a man down two rounds on the cards. Brimage held off an early flurry but was dropped in a wild exchange in the final seconds. Somehow two of the judges scored the final round for Brimage but he earned the decision by winning the first two regardless.
Stephen Siler made brutal use of the Muay Thai plum to knee his opponent Josh Clopton in the face over and over again. Clopton was game but his face was busted up badly by the end of the fight. Clopton, the only fighter on the preliminary card not to be featured on this season's The Ultimate Fighter reality show, was a replacement for Akira Corassani who was injured and couldn't fight.