Court MeGee made his welterweight debut on Saturday at UFC 157. His mentor, the great Chuck “the Iceman” Liddell, was in attendance to cheer him on. It took three full rounds, but McGee battled hard enough to earn his first win at 170 pounds against tougher-than-nails vet Josh Neer.
McGee looked to be in control from the start. Neer came out fast to begin the fight, throwing hard but wild punches. McGee started out with a much more technical approach. Near the end of the first round, McGee threw a hard body blow to Neer’s liver, one that sent him down, but Neer was able to recover and somehow survived the first.
From that point on, McGee was in complete control, catching kicks and dishing out devastating power shots. Just when it appeared McGee was going to be able to end the fight in the second round, Neer came flying back, landing some uppercuts and throwing McGee out of rhythm.
The fight was contested to the end though, as halfway through the third the fight could have gone either way. This is when Neer seemed to be running out of gas. McGee, who’s known for his stellar cardio, took his opportunity while it was there. Realizing that the fight would likely come down to a judge’s ruling, McGee dropped Neer to the mat and began a fierce barrage of ground and pound which ended up taking the fight to the end of the third stanza.
The judges scored McGee the winner by unanimous decision. He may have only been making his welterweight debut, but Court McGee displayed in this fight that he not only has the power to become a real contender at this level, but the endurance to hang with the division’s elite as well. It will be exciting to see who’s next for the Crusher.