Bisping originally tipped the scales at 186.25 pounds for his showdown with Miller (185.5) in “The Ultimate Fighter 14” Finale main event on Saturday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas before making weight (186) on his second attempt. The eight other fighters on main card duty -- bantamweight finalists John Dodson (134) and T.J. Dillashaw (135.5) and featherweight finalists Diego Brandao (145) and Dennis Bermudez (146) among them -- also met their contracted weight requirements without incident at Friday’s official weigh-in.
Anchored at the Wolfslair Academy, Bisping will carry a three-fight winning streak into the match. The 32-year-old last appeared at UFC 127 in February, when he stopped Jorge Rivera on second-round punches at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3, Bisping has secured 17 of his 21 professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. He has been finished only once -- his ill-fated encounter with Dan Henderson’s right hand left him unconscious at UFC 100 -- and has never been submitted. Wins over former International Fight League champion Dan Miller, 2006 K-1 Hero’s light heavyweight grand prix winner Yoshihiro Akiyama and 2006 Pride Fighting Championships welterweight grand prix finalist Denis Kang bolster his resume.
Miller, on a two-fight winning streak, has not fought since Dream 16 in September 2010, when he submitted Japanese icon Kazushi Sakuraba with a first-round arm-triangle choke at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. A potent grappler, he has delivered more than half (14) of his 23 career victories by submission. The 30-year-old Miller has not set foot inside the Octagon since his promotional debut ended in a decision defeat to reigning welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 52 in April 2005.
“The Ultimate Fighter 14” Finale -- which airs on Spike TV at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT -- also features a lightweight duel pitting Season 13 winner Tony Ferguson (155.5) against American Top Team’s Yves Edwards (155) and a bantamweight tilt pairing Louis Gaudinot (136) with Johnny Bedford (136). The five other bouts will stream live on the UFC’s Facebook page: Marcus Brimage (143) vs. Stephen Bass (145), Dustin Pague (136) vs. John Albert (136), Roland Delorme (136) vs. Josh Ferguson (134), Steven Siler (146) vs. Josh Clopton (144) and Bryan Caraway (145) vs. Dustin Neace (145.5).
Bisping (186) vs. Jason Miller
Tony Ferguson (155.5) vs. Yves Edwards (155)
Louis Gaudinot (136) vs. Johnny Bedford (136)
Marcus Brimage (143) vs. Stephen Bass (145)
Dustin Pague (136) vs. John Albert (136)
Roland Delorme (136) vs. Josh Ferguson (134)
Steven Siler (146) vs. Josh Clopton (144)
Bryan Caraway (145) vs. Dustin Neace (145.5)
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