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LI's Dennis Bermudez wins first 'Ultimate Fighter' bout

Dennis Bermudez works the bag while training at

Dennis Bermudez works the bag while training at Long Island Mixed Martial and Fitness Center in Lindenhurst. (Sept. 22, 2011) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

By the time the first round ended, Stephen Bass' face looked like Petey the dog from "Little Rascals."

By the time the first round ended, Stephen Bass' face looked like a piece of raw meat.

He can thank Dennis Bermudez for that transformation, as the Massapequa resident administered one of the most thorough and severe beatdowns you'll see on "The Ultimate Fighter."

Bermudez took down Bass 70 seconds into the first round, then spent the next seven minutes or so punching and elbowing him. With 2:02 left in Round 2, referee Josh Rosenthal stepped in and stopped the bout. In between, a beating.

Bermudez, a Team Miller fighter on the show who trains at Long Island MMA in Lindenhurst, look dominant in his featherweight bout. He scored big points and pounded away at Bass long and hard enough to be awarded a 10-8 round in the first.

The second round was no different. Bermudez landed a knee from the clinch that dropped Bass 20 seconds into the second round. For the next two-plus minutes, Bass ate punches from Bermudez like he was Joey Chestnut at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. 

"I think he hit me once, twice," Bermudez said. "That's how I like my fights to go."

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