Court McGee scored a unanimous decision win over Dongi Yang at UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger.
McGee constantly moved forward and set the pace of the fight, which allowed the judges to give him the nod, despite eating a heavy left hand in the final round.
Yang displayed some heavy strikes near the beginning, especially with the inside low kicks. Both fighters bounced in and out of each other’s range for a majority of the first round, landing medium power shots in the process. McGee landed a left hook in the final minute that wobbled Yang, but it didn’t open up much of an opportunity for the finish. The round ended with McGee pushing forward on offense and getting the edge.
The second round started with McGee attempting to land a counter-hook with ever combination Yang threw. McGee kept with the counter punches and even tried to get a clinch going, but Yang made sure the process wasn’t successful. After bouncing in and out of each other’s pockets again, McGee tried to secure a takedown, but Yang’s superior defense prevented the fight from going to the floor. With about 15 seconds to go, McGee landed a couple of punches, but there were very few power shots landed by either fighter during the second frame.
McGee seemed to be the aggressor out of the two in the early stages of the third round, but Yang landed a major blow that sent the TUF alum reeling. Yang followed to finish on the ground, but McGee recovered and brought the fight back to the feet. Yang, now with a bloody nose, looked noticeably slower and McGee kept coming forward. Near the final minute, McGee finally got a takedown and worked into a mount, but Yang escaped and they returned to a standing fight. McGee scored another takedown in the final 20 seconds and nearly sunk a guillotine choke from mount, but Yang persevered and the round ended, leaving the call in the hands of the judges.
The judges saw the bout in McGee’s favor with scores of 30-27, 29-28, 30-28.
McGee keeps his UFC record perfect and collects his 14th career win in New Orleans, while Yang drops to 1-2 in the UFC with a 10-2 overall record.