Philippou finds a home for one of his many overhand rights (Photo by Tracy Lee)
Maybe the best guy from Season 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter" never got his real chance. Costa Philippou lost his qualifier fight that season and missed the chance to face the eventual champion Court McGee. He didn't let the opportunity slip away tonight.
Philippou (9-2, 3-1 UFC) was the bigger, more efficient fighter over the first two rounds helping him score a unanimous decision victory, 29-28 on all three cards in the first fight on the FX portion of the UFC's latest card in Sydney, Australia.
The 32-year-old, who works out of Matt Serra's camp in Long Island, N.Y., has now won three straight in the UFC and took out a guy who was unbeaten with the promotion.
McGee (13-2, 3-1 UFC) is a wrestler/grappler but anytime he got his hands on Philippou, he looked like a midget in the middleweight division. The thickly muscled Philippou would just toss him aside or easily stuff the takedown attempts. McGee only made good on 1-of-11 tries.
When it was standing it was a complete mismatch over the first 10 minutes. McGee turned it up a notch in the final round landing some good shots as part of combinations. Why didn't he do it in the first two rounds? He got rocked so often early that it made him shy away from jumping into the pocket.
UFC on FX 2 undercard:
James Te Huna def. Aaron Rosa via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:08.
Anthony Perosh def. Nick Penner via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 4:59.
Steven Siler def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Andrew Craig def. Kyle Noke via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
T.J. Waldburger def. Jake Hecht via submission (armbar) - Round 1, 0:55.
Daniel Pineda def. Mackens Semerzier via submission (armbar) - Round 1, 2:05.
Shawn Jordan def. Oli Thompson via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 3:53.