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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 winning Spike TV's eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. As a recovering heroin addict, McGee actively gives talks on anti drug campaigns to teenagers and launched online "Hope 361" project to help addicts to the path of recovery.

Court McGee
BornCourtney Scott McGee
(1984-12-12) December 12, 1984 (age 34)
Ogden, Utah, U.S.
Other namesThe Crusher
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionMiddleweight (2007-2013)
Welterweight (2013-present)
Reach76 in (193 cm)
Fighting out ofProvo, Utah, United States
TeamThe Pit Elevated
RankPurple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jason Mertlich[citation needed]
Black stripe red belt in Shintoshi Karate[1]
Black belt in Kajukenbo under John Hackleman[2]
Years active2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission5
By decision9
By knockout1
By decision8
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


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. McGee also holds a background in karate, in which he has amassed over 100 kumite. In the early 2000s, McGee started taking painkillers in an attempt to find relief from an injury and began hanging out with the wrong crowd, a situation that would lead McGee to become addicted to heroin and cocaine. Following an overdose in which McGee was declared clinically deceased for eight minutes, he was resuscitated and as a result of the damage caused from temporary death to the brain, he had to learn how to walk and talk again.[4] After rehab and getting himself cleaned up from substance abuse, McGee returned to Layton high shool to become an assistant wrestling coach.[5][6][7] He later picked up Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing, and eventually transitioned into competing in MMA professionally.[8]


Boxing careerEdit

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.[9][10]

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,[10] having defeated Hank Weiss in an MMA fight just days earlier.[9]

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.[11]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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[9][12] and a loss to Jeremy Horn.[6]

In September 2008, McGee faced Isidro Gonzalez at the "Throwdown Showdown" event in Orem, Utah. McGee won the match after a unanimous decision.[13] McGee was scheduled to compete in December 2008 against Ray Lazama for the Gladiator Challenge Middleweight title.[14] 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.[9]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

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.[15] McGee was later picked by Chuck Liddell as his sixth pick and twelfth overall.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18][19]

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.[20]

This advanced him to the TUF 11 finale where he faced Team Ortiz/Franklin fighter, Kris McCray in the main event.[21] 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.[22] 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.[11]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

McGee's first post-TUF fight was against UFC veteran, Ryan Jensen at UFC 121.[23] 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.[24]

McGee was expected to face Jesse Bongfeldt on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131,[25] but was reportedly forced out of the bout due to a knee injury.[26] Matt Serra-trained fighter Chris Weidman stepped up to take McGee's place on the UFC 131 fight card against Bongfeldt.[27]

McGee faced Dongi Yang on September 17, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 25.[28] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

McGee faced Costas Philippou on March 3, 2012 at UFC on FX 2.[29] 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.[30] 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."[31]

McGee made his welterweight debut against Josh Neer on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[32] 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.[33]

McGee faced fellow Ultimate fighter winner Robert Whittaker on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[34] He won the fight via split decision.

McGee was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[35] However, Gastelum pulled out of the bout with a knee injury and was replaced by Ryan LaFlare.[36] 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.[37] He returned to face Márcio Alexandre Jr. on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194.[38] McGee won the fight by unanimous decision.[39]

McGee faced Santiago Ponzinibbio on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[40] He lost the bout via TKO in the first round.[41]

McGee next faced Dominique Steele on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92.[42] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[43]

McGee faced Ben Saunders on January 15, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 103.[44] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[45]

McGee faced Sean Strickland on November 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 120.[46] This fight was back and forth for all three rounds and was initially announced a majority draw with scores of 30-27, 29-29, 29-29. After the fight it was revealed there was an error in calculating the judges scorecards and Strickland was declared the winner by unanimous decision.[47]

After an eleven-month hiatus due to shoulder injury and surgeries,[48] McGee returned to face Alex Garcia on October 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138.[49] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[50]

McGee faced Dhiego Lima on April 27, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson.[51] He lost the fight by split decision.[52]

McGee faced promotional newcomer Sean Brady on October 18, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 6.[53] He lost the fight via a unanimous decision.[54]

Personal lifeEdit

McGee and his wife Chelsea [55] 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.[5][56] McGee is of Irish and Scottish descent.[57]

Heroin addictionEdit

McGee is a former heroin addict and in 2005, he was declared clinically dead after overdosing on heroin at his cousin's house[5] before he was resuscitated. McGee had to learn to walk, speak and function again after his first overdose.[58] McGee said that his path into drug and alcohol abuse began when he started to hang out with "the wrong people - drinking, partying."[5] 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.[5] 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."[5] I was strung out, the heroin addict, the drunk, the liar, the cheat, the thief. That's who I thought I was. I never thought I was going to amount to nothing.[59]}}

Hope 361 project and addiction campaignerEdit

Since April 2006, McGee has been clean and uses his story to encourage those who may be struggling with addictions of their own.[60] He launched an online project named "Hope 361" where addicts would share their stories and receive positive messages and connect addicts with rehabilitation facilities. McGee regularly visits prisons, rehab and youth correctional facilities, schools and churches and gives speeches on anti-drug campaigns and facilitate rehab programs to those who needed.[4]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
28 matches 19 wins 9 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 5 0
By decision 9 8
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–9 Sean Brady Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman October 18, 2019 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 19–8 Dhiego Lima Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson April 27, 2019 3 5:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 19–7 Alex Garcia Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Smith October 27, 2018 3 5:00 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Loss 18–7 Sean Strickland Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis November 11, 2017 3 5:00 Norfolk, Virginia, United States Originally announced as a majority draw; overturned due to a miscalculation in scores.
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 Middleweight 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
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) 2 0:28 Quarter-finals, replacement for an injured Rich Attonito
Loss 1–1 Nick Ring Decision (majority) 2 5:00 Preliminary bout
Win 1–0 Seth Baczynski Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00 Elimination bout


Boxing recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 2 wins 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By decision 2 0
Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Location'
Win 2–0   Freddie Martinez Decision (Unanimous) October 24, 2008 4 (4) 3:00   Ogden, Utah
Win 1–0   Francisco Antonio Alacantara Decision (Unanimous) May 31, 2008 4 (4) 3:00   Ogden, Utah

See alsoEdit


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