Court McGee

Court McGee
Court McGee
Born Courtney Scott McGee
December 12, 1984 (1984-12-12) (age 26)
Layton, Utah, U.S.
Other names The Crusher
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Style Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Wrestling,
Fighting out of San Diego, California, U.S.
Team Victory MMA
The Pit
Rank blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
black stripe red belt in Shin-Toshi Karate
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 13
By knockout 2
By submission 7
By decision 4
Losses 1
By decision 1
Other information
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Courtney Scott McGee[1] (born December 12, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, McGee mostly fought in local promotions in Utah before signing with the UFC.

McGee is a former heroin addict, who recovered and has been clean since April 2006. McGee later became a martial artist. He has trained in wrestling and karate, having competed in over 100 karate bouts. McGee also holds a professional boxing record of 2-0, after competing between MMA fights.

McGee was the winner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2010,[2] winning the competition on June 19, 2010.[3]


Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Court McGee participated in high school wrestling at Layton High School. 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 bouts.[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

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). The fight was controversial; 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, Dana 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. Court was also awarded the Submission of the Night award.[3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

McGee's first post-TUF fight was against UFC veteran, Ryan Jensen at UFC 121.[18] 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.[19]

McGee was expected to face Jesse Bongfeldt on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131[20], but was reportedly forced out of the bout due to a knee injury.[21] Matt Serra-trained fighter Chris Weidman stepped up to take McGee's place on the UFC 131 fight card against Bongfeldt.[22]

McGee faced Dongi Yang on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13-1 Dongi Yang Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger 02011-09-17 September 17, 2011 3 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 12-1 Ryan Jensen Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 121 02010-10-23 October 23, 2010 3 1:21 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 11-1 Kris McCray Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale 02010-06-19 June 19, 2010 2 3:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 11, Submission of the Night
Win 10-1 Dayle Jarvis TKO (punches) Xtreme Combat 02009-07-18 July 18, 2009 1 3:47 Sandy, Utah, United States
Win 9-1 Isidro Gonzalez Decision (unanimous) Throwdown Showdown 2: The Return 02008-09-26 September 26, 2008 3 5:00 Orem, Utah, United States
Win 8-1 Hank Weiss Decision (unanimous) Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night 2 02008-05-17 May 17, 2008 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 7-1 Chad Maheau TKO (punches) Kraze in the Cage: Chapter 7, Vol. 2 02008-03-22 March 22, 2008 1 N/A Rock Springs, Wyoming, United States
Win 6-1 Clint Riser Submission (punches) Kraze in the Cage: Chapter 7, Vol. 1 02008-01-26 January 26, 2008 1 N/A Rock Springs, Wyoming, United States
Loss 5-1 Jeremy Horn Decision (unanimous) UCE: Round 28 - Worlds Collide 02007-12-01 December 1, 2007 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 5-0 Justin Ellison Submission (punches) Cage Fighting Championship 3 02007-08-10 August 10, 2007 1 2:33 Ogden, Utah, United States
Win 4-0 DaMarques Johnson Submission (guillotine choke) UCE: Round 26 – Finals 02007-06-16 June 16, 2007 3 1:50 Sandy, Utah, United States
Win 3-0 Ben Fuimaono Submission (arm-triangle choke) UCE: Round 26 – Episode 9 Day 2 02007-06-02 June 2, 2007 3 2:53 Sandy, Utah, United States
Win 2-0 Nick Rossborough Decision (unanimous) UCE: Round 26 – Episode 3 02007-04-21 April 21, 2007 3 3:00 Sandy, Utah, United States
Win 1-0 Ry Stone Submission Busch Cree Promotions 02007-03-30 March 30, 2007 2 1:06 Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record

Result 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
Lose 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

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][24]

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,[24] 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.[3]

Boxing record

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Location'
Win 2–0 United States Freddie Martinez Decision (Unanimous) 02008-10-24 October 24, 2008 4 (4) 3:00 United States Ogden, Utah
Win 1–0 United States Francisco Antonio Alacantara Decision (Unanimous) 02008-05-31 May 31, 2008 4 (4) 3:00 United States Ogden, Utah

Personal life

McGee and his wife Chelsea 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][25]

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.[26] 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 experimented with 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.[27]

Titles and accomplishments

  • Ultimate Fighting Championships
    • Winner of The Ultimate Fighter 11 (Middleweight)[3]
    • 1x Submission of the Night[3]

See also


  1. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale Results". June 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Ultimate Fighter 11 cast unveiled with 28 middleweight fighters". Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "TUF 11 winner Court McGee enjoying vacation; financial security". June 26, 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. 
  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. Spike TV. May 19, 2010. No. 8, season 11.
  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. ^ "TUF 11 Champ Court McGee likely to meet Ryan Jensen at UFC 121". July 12, 2010. 
  19. ^ "UFC 121 Preliminary card recap: McGee taps Jensen, Lawlor smothers Cote". October 23, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Court McGee vs. Jesse Bongfeldt Agree to Meet at UFC 131". March 12, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Court McGee out of UFC 131 with knee injury". April 4, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Chris Weidman Steps in To Face Jesse Bongfeldt at UFC 131". April 5, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Yang vs. McGee added to UFC Fight Night 25". May 26, 2011. 
  24. ^ a b "Court McGee boxing record". Retrieved November 1, 2010. 
  25. ^ "TUF winner McGee names son after Iceman". October 20, 2010. 
  26. ^
  27. ^ "Court McGees TUF 11 Journey Started in a Bathtub, ended just as he envisioned". June 20, 2010. 

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