McGee has no time to wallow in self-pity, even though he feels
he won his UFC
149 bout with fellow “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 alum
Ring. The judges saw it differently, awarding Ring a unanimous
decision and handing McGee his second consecutive defeat.
The loss still stings for the 27-year-old father of two.
“I felt I won the fight,” McGee told Sherdog.com. “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.”
McGee admits he learned a valuable lesson or two.
“Do not let outside issues influence the fight,” he said, “and it’s
imperative that I stay focused on improving no matter what.”
McGee rose to prominence in 2010 when he won Season 11 of “The
Ultimate Fighter” reality series. He won his first three fights
inside the Octagon, submitting Kris McCray
Jensen before outpointing South Korean import Dongi Yang.
Back-to-back losses to Constantinos
Philippou and Ring have followed, leaving McGee in a somewhat
precarious position in the 185-pound division.
“There’s always pressure to win,” he said. “Nobody competes in this
sport to lose. Yes, there’s added pressure [now that I have lost my
last two fights], but extreme pressure can turn coal into a
As an “Ultimate Fighter” winner, McGee finds himself under
“The spotlight is definitely on you, but it’s the UFC,” he said.
“There’s pressure whether you come from the show or just sign a
deal from elsewhere.”
A recovering drug addict who was once pronounced clinically dead
following an overdose, McGee was profiled on a recent edition of
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” Despite recent setbacks in the cage,
McGee plans to move forward under the direction of longtime
Liddell mentor John Hackleman and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black
belt Jason Mertlich.
“I’m improving,” McGee said. “I’ve had the opportunity to be
trained by some of the best coaches in the world and train with
some of the best training partners in the world. My motto is
progress, not perfection.”