Court McGee had a successful debut at welterweight at UFC 157, punishing Josh Neer over three rounds of action en route to a lopsided unanimous decision victory with scores of 30-27 across the board.
Court McGee wasted little time getting busy with his striking game against Josh Neer. He established his jab early, then went to his kicks as he poured on a high-volume attack against Neer. Neer then started coming forward and landed a big right hand, but it was mostly one-and-done for Neer, while McGee strung together multiple punch combinations. McGee then went to the body, staggering Neer with a kick to the liver. He then followed up with a flurry to the body, dropping Neer near the end of the round.
McGee came out quick to start the second looking to pick up where he left off, firing off kicks to the legs of Neer. Neer looked to answer the pace of McGee, but was still unable to mount any sustained offense while McGee continued to land with volume early. Neer finally started to find his rhythm landing with multiple lead left hooks. Neer then went to his jab, before landing his best punch of the fight with a stiff uppercut up the middle. Neer continued to find success doubling up his jab, before landing a flurry to the body as McGee started to resort to counter punching late in the round.
The third started with McGee pressuring, closing the distance and putting Neer on the cage. After a clean break, McGee ripped off his jab, and then took Neer to the mat. From there McGee went to work with measured ground-and-pound, then dominated the rest of the round from top position.
With scores of 30-27 across the board, the unanimous decision went to Court McGee who improves to 15-3 (4-2 UFC). The loss for Josh Neer drops his record to 33-13 overall (6-8 UFC).