Gan McGee

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Gan McGee
Born (1976-11-20) November 20, 1976 (age 40)
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
Other names The Giant
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 260 lb (118 kg; 18 st 8 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Super Heavyweight (265 lb+)
Fighting out of San Luis Obispo, California
Team The Pit
Years active 1999-2004, 2008-2009
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 13
By knockout 8
By submission 4
Unknown 1
Losses 5
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 1
University University of Iowa
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Gan McGee (born November 20, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist who has competed for the UFC, PRIDE, WEC and the XFC.


McGee was born in Bismarck, North Dakota to Marguerite McGee (nee Ohde). McGee dominated on the wrestling team at Ukiah High School and then continued his career at California Polytechnic State University.


On September 26, 2003, McGee earned a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 44: Undisputed against 6 ft. 8 in. Tim Sylvia in a match that was dubbed "The Battle of the Giants." McGee lost this fight via TKO in the first round. After the fight, Tim Sylvia tested positive for steroids during a mandatory post-fight drug test and was stripped of his title. Even though his opponent was caught using performance-enhancing drugs, UFC denied McGee a rematch for the championship. As a result, McGee lost his passion for fighting.

"Tim Sylvia is a great fighter and the video tape doesn't lie, he beat the hell out of me," said McGee from his San Luis Obispo training camp. "Did the steroids make a difference? Different people have different theories, I guess. But for me, what hurt the most was sacrificing absolutely everything I had to finally achieve my dream of becoming a world champion, and then falling short. And when it became clear that UFC wasn't going to consider me for a second title shot, my entire world collapsed. I felt like a part of me had just died. It was beyond devastating."[1]

Gan McGee then left UFC and joined the Japan-based PRIDE MMA organization. But, by his own admission, his heart was no longer in the fight game: "Culturally and personally, being in Japan was an amazing experience," McGee stated. "I mean, from the ceilings to the shower fixtures, everything is so small over there—I felt a little like Godzilla trampling the villagers. But professionally, I never really recovered from the Sylvia fight. Mentally, I lost that edge—that killer instinct. Call it the 'Eye of the Tiger' or whatever you want; I was just going through the motions, unfocused and uncaring. And after losing my second fight in the Orient, I swore to myself that I would never step foot (sic) in a steel cage again—not until I regain my warrior's mentality."[2]

McGee now claims that he has regained his long lost passion and will be embarking upon a comeback that he hopes will culminate with the heavyweight world title. His first comeback fight will be on XFC's "Salute to Our Armed Forces V" fight card on September 13, 2008, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. "It took years of introspection and self-discovery, but I finally realized that God made me a giant and blessed me with this mind-blowing power for a reason: to be the most destructive heavyweight champion that's ever walked on planet Earth," McGee stated. "Writers write, teachers teach -- and giants destroy. For so many years I tried to run away from my destiny -- to be something I'm not -- but that part of my life has come to a screeching halt. My intensity level is off the charts right now; if I've gotta tear down buildings, smash open skulls or annihilate whole cities to get another title shot, then that's what I'll do. This time around, 'The Giant' will stand tall."[2]

He lost his last fight at Pure Combat 9 via KO (Punches) in the third round.

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

  • International Fighting Championship
    • IFC Warriors Challenge 7 Tournament Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–5 Anthony Ruiz KO (punches) Pure Combat 9 July 25, 2009 3 1:14 Visalia, California, United States
Win 13–4 Johnathan Ivey TKO (punches) XFC 5: Return of the Giant September 13, 2008 2 0:59 Tampa, Florida, United States
Loss 12–4 Semmy Schilt Submission (armbar) PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 April 25, 2004 1 5:02 Saitama, Japan
Loss 12–3 Heath Herring Decision (split) PRIDE 27 February 1, 2004 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 12–2 Tim Sylvia TKO (punches) UFC 44 September 26, 2003 1 1:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship. Tim Sylvia later tested positive for steroids after the fight.
Win 12–1 Alexandre Dantas TKO (punches) UFC 41 February 28, 2003 1 4:49 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–1 Pedro Rizzo TKO (corner stoppage) UFC 39 September 27, 2002 1 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 10–1 Ron Faircloth TKO (punches) WEC 2 October 4, 2001 1 0:12 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 9–1 Seth Petruzelli Submission (heel hook) WEC 1 June 30, 2001 1 1:25 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 8–1 Rocky Batastini TKO (cut) IFC WC 12 – Warriors Challenge 12 April 11, 2001 1 3:12 Friant, California, United States
Loss 7–1 Josh Barnett TKO (punches) UFC 28 November 17, 2000 2 4:34 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–0 Brad Gabriel TKO (punches) IFC – Battleground 2 September 30, 2000 1 N/A Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–0 Paul Buentello Submission (punches) IFC WC 7 – Warriors Challenge 7 May 3, 2000 1 2:44 Fresno, California, United States
Win 5–0 Tim Lajcik Submission (punches and elbows) IFC WC 7 – Warriors Challenge 7 May 3, 2000 1 4:38 Fresno, California, United States
Win 4–0 Jason Jones TKO (punches) IFC WC 7 – Warriors Challenge 7 May 3, 2000 1 6:48 Fresno, California, United States
Win 3–0 Aaron Brink Submission (punches) CFF – The Cobra Challenge 1999 December 12, 1999 1 3:09 Anza, California, United States
Win 2–0 Ricky Herro N/A IFC WC 5 – Warriors Challenge 5 September 18, 1999 N/A N/A Fresno, California, United States
Win 1–0 Sam Adkins TKO (punches) BRI 4 – Bas Rutten Invitational 4 August 14, 1999 1 4:58 Littleton, Colorado, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "McGee returns to the cage". Sports Illustrated. July 30, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Former UFC contender Gan "The Giant" McGee coming out of retirement". July 30, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-05. 

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