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Court McGee
Born Courtney Scott McGee
(1984-12-12) December 12, 1984 (age 32)
Ogden, Utah, U.S.
Other names The Crusher
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Middleweight (2007-2013)
Welterweight (2013-present)
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Style Boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Karate, Hawaiian Kempo,
Fighting out of Provo, Utah, United States
Team The Pit Elevated
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jason Mertlich[citation needed]
Black stripe red belt in Shin-Toshi Karate[1]
Black belt in Hawaiian Kempo under John Hackleman[2]
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 18
By knockout 3
By submission 7
By decision 8
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By decision 5
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Courtney Scott "Court" McGee[3] (born December 12, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, McGee mostly fought in local promotions in Utah before signing with the UFC in early 2010. McGee was the winner of Spike TV's eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2010.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Court McGee participated in high school wrestling at Layton High School placing 6th in the 5A State Division in 2002 and 3rd in the 5A State Division in 2003, under Mike Hansen. Later in life, after an absence from the sport, McGee returned to Layton High School to become an assistant wrestling coach.[4] McGee also holds a background in karate, in which he has amassed over 100 kumite.[5]

McGee started his MMA career in 2007 in his home state of Utah, compiling a record of 10-1, with two technical knockouts and five submission wins. Two notable fights occurred during this period, with a submission win over DaMarques Johnson[6][7] and a loss to Jeremy Horn.[5]

In September 2008, McGee faced Isidro Gonzalez at the "Throwdown Showdown" event in Orem, Utah. McGee won the match after a unanimous decision.[8] McGee was scheduled to compete in December 2008 against Ray Lazama for the Gladiator Challenge Middleweight title.[9] However, the bout never transpired for unknown reasons. McGee instead faced Dayle Jarvis in July 2009. In what would turn out to be his final appearance on the local MMA circuit, McGee won by a Technical Knockout (TKO) over his opponent in under four minutes.[6]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In March 2010, McGee was announced as part of the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. In the elimination round, McGee narrowly defeated Seth Baczynski after going to a sudden victory round.[10] McGee was later picked by Chuck Liddell as his sixth pick and twelfth overall.[11]

McGee was then defeated by the show's number one pick Nick Ring in the sixth preliminary fight. After two rounds, the judges declared the fight a victory for Ring via majority decision (20–18, 19–19, 20–18). Dana White and Chuck Liddell both stated that the fight should have gone to a third round.[12]

When Rich Attonito broke his hand, his spot in the quarter-finals became open. Due to the controversial loss to Ring, White selected McGee to fight in his place. In the quarter-finals, McGee was set to have a rematch with Ring, but Ring pulled out of the competition due to a knee injury. James Hammortree stepped in as Ring's replacement. Early in the second round, McGee submitted Hammortree with a rare standing guillotine choke.[13][14]

In the semi-finals he faced teammate Brad Tavares to earn a spot in the live finale. After a fairly even first two rounds, McGee dropped Tavares late in the third round with a left hook and locked in a fight-ending rear naked choke.[15]

This advanced him to the TUF 11 finale where he faced Team Ortiz/Franklin fighter, Kris McCray in the main event.[16] McGee spent half of his training camp away from his usual gym "Victory MMA", instead preferring to stick with his Ultimate Fighter coach, Chuck Liddell at The Pit.[17] McGee defeated McCray by submission in the second round with a rear naked choke, making him the winner of the Ultimate Fighter Season 11, despite all the difficulties and bad luck he encountered on the show. McGee was also awarded the Submission of the Night award.[18]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

McGee's first post-TUF fight was against UFC veteran, Ryan Jensen at UFC 121.[19] Early in the first round, McGee was hit with a stiff shot that dropped him and later suffered a minor cut below his eye. In the second round, Jensen began to visibly tire and after being hit, began to bleed from the nose. McGee won the second round after a takedown just before the bell. In the third round, McGee successfully executed a takedown and a full mount, where he secured an arm triangle choke to force the tapout at 1:21 of the final round.[20]

McGee was expected to face Jesse Bongfeldt on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131,[21] but was reportedly forced out of the bout due to a knee injury.[22] Matt Serra-trained fighter Chris Weidman stepped up to take McGee's place on the UFC 131 fight card against Bongfeldt.[23]

McGee faced Dongi Yang on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25.[24] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

McGee faced Costas Philippou on March 3, 2012 at UFC on FX 2.[25] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

McGee fought Nick Ring in a rematch at UFC 149. McGee lost via a close unanimous decision. For the second time in a bout against Ring, the loss was regarded as controversial by many media sources. Stats after the fight showed that McGee outstruck Ring 32-25 in the second round and 53-16 in the final round.[26] After the fight, McGee said "I felt like I had cage control, was more aggressive, out-struck him and attempted a submission in the third round. I should not have left it in the hands of the judges and finished the fight."[27]

McGee made his welterweight debut against Josh Neer on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[28] McGee was victorious, winning a unanimous decision after three rounds. According to Fightmetric, McGee broke the record for most significant strikes landed in a welterweight fight, landing 166 in the three round affair.[29]

McGee faced fellow Ultimate fighter winner Robert Whittaker on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[30] He won the fight via split decision.

McGee was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[31] However, Gastelum pulled out of the bout with a knee injury and was replaced by Ryan LaFlare.[32] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Following his loss to Ryan LaFlare, McGee was out of action for over 18 months recovering from a litany of injuries.[33] He returned to face Márcio Alexandre Jr. on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194.[34] McGee won the fight by unanimous decision.[35]

McGee faced Santiago Ponzinibbio on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[36] He lost the bout via TKO in the first round.[37]

McGee next faced Dominique Steele on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92.[38] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

McGee faced Ben Saunders on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[40] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[41]

Personal life[edit]

McGee and his wife Chelsea [42] have two sons, Isaac and Crew Charles. The second son's middle name was taken from McGee's friend and Ultimate Fighter coach, Chuck Liddell's first name.[4][43] McGee is of Irish and Scottish descent.[44]

McGee is a former heroin addict and in 2005, he was declared clinically dead after overdosing on heroin at his cousin's house[4] before he was resuscitated. McGee had to learn to walk, speak and function again after his first overdose.[45] McGee said that his path into drug and alcohol abuse began when he started to hang out with "the wrong people - drinking, partying."[4] After suffering an injury to his clavicle and elbow, McGee became dependent to painkillers, which he later mixed with alcohol. McGee had taken cocaine and heroin before overdosing.[4] After his near-death experience, McGee suffered a couple of relapses. On an episode of The Ultimate Fighter, McGee said "I took one drink in Vegas and I ended up in Iowa four days later with no pants on and a long sleeve shirt, looking for meth."[4]

Since April 2006, McGee has been clean and uses his story to encourage those who may be struggling with addictions of their own.[46]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–6 Ben Saunders Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn January 15, 2017 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 18–5 Dominique Steele Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres August 6, 2016 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Loss 17–5 Santiago Ponzinibbio TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 1 4:15 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 17–4 Márcio Alexandre Jr. Decision (unanimous) UFC 194 December 12, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–4 Ryan LaFlare Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 December 14, 2013 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 16–3 Robert Whittaker Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 15–3 Josh Neer Decision (unanimous) UFC 157 February 23, 2013 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Welterweight debut.
Loss 14–3 Nick Ring Decision (unanimous) UFC 149 July 21, 2012 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 14–2 Costas Philippou Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann March 3, 2012 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Win 14–1 Dongi Yang Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger September 17, 2011 3 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 13–1 Ryan Jensen Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 121 October 23, 2010 3 1:21 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 12–1 Kris McCray Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale June 19, 2010 2 3:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 11 Tournament. Submission of the Night.
Win 11–1 Dayle Jarvis TKO (punches) XC - Xtreme Combat July 18, 2009 1 3:47 Richfield, Utah, United States
Win 10–1 Isidro Gonzalez Decision (unanimous) Throwdown Showdown 2 - The Return September 26, 2008 1 3:06 Orem, Utah, United States
Win 9–1 Hank Weiss Decision (unanimous) JHEFN 2 May 17, 2008 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 8–1 Chad Maheau TKO (punches) Kraze in the Cage: Chapter 7, Vol. 2 March 22, 2008 1 0:00 Rock Springs, Wyoming, United States
Win 7–1 Clint Riser Submission (punches) Kraze in the Cage: Chapter 7, Vol. 1 January 26, 2008 1 0:00 Rock Springs, Wyoming, United States
Loss 6–1 Jeremy Horn Decision (unanimous) UCE - Round 28 - Worlds Collide December 1, 2007 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 6–0 Justin Ellison Submission (punches) CFC 3 August 10, 2007 1 2:33 Ogden, Utah, United States
Win 5–0 DaMarques Johnson Submission (guillotine choke) UCE - Round 26 - Finals June 16, 2007 3 1:50 St. George, Utah, United States
Win 4–0 Ben Fuimaono Submission (arm-triangle choke) UCE - Round 26 - Episode 9 Day 2 June 2, 2007 3 2:53 Sandy, Utah, United States
Win 3–0 Jarrett Kelton TKO (punches) UCE - Round 26 - Episode 6 May 12, 2007 2 1:40 Ogden, Utah, United States
Win 2–0 Nick Rossborough Decision (unanimous) UCE - Round 26 - Episode 3 April 21, 2007 3 5:00 Sandy, Utah, United States
Win 1–0 Ry Stone Submission BCP - Bush Cree Promotions March 30, 2007 2 1:06 Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–1 Brad Tavares Technical submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz 3 4:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Semi-finals
Win 2–1 James Hammortree Submission (standing guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz 2 0:28 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Quarter-finals, replacement for an injured Rich Attonito
Loss 1–1 Nick Ring Decision (majority) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary bout
Win 1–0 Seth Baczynski Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Elimination bout

Boxing career[edit]

In addition to his Mixed Martial Arts career, McGee has also compiled a 2–0 record as a professional boxer in the cruiserweight division. Both fights took place in 2008, in between his MMA career.[6][47]

His first fight was against Francisco Antonio Alacantara in May 2008. McGee defeated him via unanimous decision (40–35, 40–36, 39–36) in a four-round fight,[47] having defeated Hank Weiss in an MMA fight just days earlier.[6]

This was followed up by another unanimous decision victory (40–36, 40–36, 39–37) over Freddie Martinez. McGee revealed in June 2010 that this fight took place during his bachelor weekend.[18]

Boxing record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Location'
Win 2–0 United States Freddie Martinez Decision (Unanimous) October 24, 2008 4 (4) 3:00 United States Ogden, Utah
Win 1–0 United States Francisco Antonio Alacantara Decision (Unanimous) May 31, 2008 4 (4) 3:00 United States Ogden, Utah

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Court McGee - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Pit Martial Arts: Court "The Crusher" McGee earns his Pit Black Belt from John Hackleman". YouTube. November 11, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale Results" (PDF). June 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Court McGee shares his "ultimate comeback" story". July 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Horn to take MMA to Utah". November 30, 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Court McGee". Retrieved September 22, 2010.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sherdog" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  7. ^ "Meet the TUF 11 cast: Court McGee". March 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Showdown II: "The Return"". September 28, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Gladiator Challenge: Revolution". December 24, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Episode No. 1 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 11: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz"". May 5, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Episode No. 2 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 11: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz"". April 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Episode No. 6 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 11: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz"". May 5, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Closed Mouth Don't Get Fed". The Ultimate Fighter. Season 11. Episode 8. May 19, 2010. Spike TV. 
  14. ^ "Episode No. 8 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 11: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz"". May 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Episode No. 11 recap: "The Ultimate Fighter 11: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz"". June 9, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Court McGee vs. Kris McCray named main event for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale". June 16, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Back from the brink". June 19, 2010. 
  18. ^ a b c d "TUF 11 winner Court McGee enjoying vacation; financial security". June 26, 2010. 
  19. ^ "TUF 11 Champ Court McGee likely to meet Ryan Jensen at UFC 121". July 12, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-07-15. 
  20. ^ "UFC 121 Preliminary card recap: McGee taps Jensen, Lawlor smothers Cote". October 23, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Court McGee vs. Jesse Bongfeldt Agree to Meet at UFC 131". March 12, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Court McGee out of UFC 131 with knee injury". April 4, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Chris Weidman Steps in To Face Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131". April 5, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Yang vs. McGee added to UFC Fight Night 25". May 26, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Court McGee vs. Costa Philippou added to UFC on FX 2". December 27, 2011. 
  26. ^ "By the Numbers: UFC 149". July 12, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Court McGee puts controversial UFC 149 loss to Nick Ring in rearview mirror". August 27, 2012. 
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  30. ^ Staff (2013-06-05). "'TUF' winners Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker added to UFC on FOX Sports 1 2". Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  31. ^ Staff (2013-09-19). "Kelvin Gastelum vs. Court McGee added to UFC on FOX 9 in December". Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  32. ^ Tim Burke. "Ryan LaFlare in for Kelvin Gastelum, faces Court McGee at UFC on Fox 9". Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  33. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-06-10). "On mend from 11th surgery, ‘TUF 11′ winner Court McGee hopes to return this year MMAjunkie". Retrieved 2015-07-14. 
  34. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-08-20). "Court McGee returns at UFC 194 against Marcio Alexandre Jr.". Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  35. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-12-12). "UFC 194 results: After 2 years out, Court McGee returns to top Marcio Alexandre Jr.". Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  36. ^ Staff (2016-02-16). "Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio slated for UFC on FOX 19 in Florida". Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
  37. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-04-16). "UFC on FOX 19 results: Santiago Ponzinibbio's thudding shots stop Court McGee in first". Retrieved 2016-04-16. 
  38. ^ Staff (2016-06-15). "UFC Fight Night 92 gets five new fights". Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  39. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-08-06). "UFC Fight Night 92 results: Court McGee thrills Utah fans with decision over Dominique Steele". Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
  40. ^ Fox Sports Arizona Staff (2016-11-07). "Welterweights, lightweights added to Phoenix UFC card". Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
  41. ^ Andrew Pearson (2017-01-15). "UFC Fight Night 103 results: Ben Saunders edges out Court McGee, shouts out MMA Mania". Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  42. ^ "Court and his wife Chelsea McGee". August 20, 2013. 
  43. ^ "TUF winner McGee names son after Iceman". October 20, 2010. 
  44. ^ "McGee-#Irish #Scottish Heritage" -
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  46. ^ "Court McGees TUF 11 Journey Started in a Bathtub, ended just as he envisioned". June 20, 2010. 
  47. ^ a b "Court McGee boxing record". Retrieved November 1, 2010. 

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