Costa Philippou (pictured) will look for another big stop in
Sydney against Court McGee. | Photo: Sherdog.com
Verbal agreements are in place for a March 3 welterweight matchup
between Court McGee
Philippou, UFC officials announced Wednesday.
Slated to take place at
UFC on FX 2, the bout joins a 170-pound main event pitting
Kampmann against Thiago
Alves. Set to take place at Allphones Arena in Sydney,
Australia, the event will also contain the semifinals of the
promotion’s four-man flyweight tournament, featuring Demetrious
Johnson, Ian McCall,
Benavidez and Yasuhiro
McGee, 27, rides an eight-fight winning streak heading into his
showdown with Philippou. “The Crusher” made his official UFC debut
at “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 finale, besting Kris McCray
to win the season and earn his UFC contract.
The Utah-based fighter was also successful in his next two outings,
submitting Ryan Jensen in
October 2010 before returning from injury to outpoint South Korea’s
Yang this past September at Fight Night 25.
Philippou showed powerful standup skills in his most recent Octagon
appearance, crushing Jared
Hamman earlier this month at UFC 140. Prior to his first-round
knockout over Hamman, the heavy-hitting 185-pounder earned a split
decision victory over Jorge Rivera
in August after dropping his UFC debut to Nick Catone
at UFC 128 in March.