"The Ultimate Fighter" winner Court McGee notched a win after a long layoff from the Octagon, taking a decision over Dongi Yang at Ultimate Fight Night 25 in New Orleans on Saturday. The judges gave McGee the win 30-27, 29-28, 30-28.
McGee wobbled Yang in the first round, getting the better of Yang in the stand-up battle in a very close round that featured Yang stalking, but McGee striking. The second round showed a tired Yang slowing down, but still throwing big shots. As the round wore on, McGee was able to land more kicks and punches. Yang didn't have enough energy to defend the strikes.
The fight exploded in the third round, as Yang knocked McGee down halfway through the round. He followed up with a flying knee, but took some damage of his own as both fighters emerged with bloody faces. McGee defended a toss attempt by Yang, and then took Yang down and went straight into full mount. Yang's conditioning -- or lack thereof -- played a part, as McGee finished the round with an easy takedown into half-guard. McGee followed up with elbows, then moved into a guillotine choke. The round ended before McGee could finish the submission.
McGee hadn't fought since October of 2010 due to a knee injury. His record moves to 14-1, while Yang falls to 10-2.