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Constantinos Philippou defeats Court McGee by Unanimous Decision. The three scorecards were 29-28, 29-28, and 29-28.
Court McGee landed an overhand right hand to open the fight as Costa Philippou circled away. Philippou responded with his own combination that had Court McGee shoot for a low takedown. McGee's body kick was countered by a right hand. Philippou landed an uppercut that found McGee's chin. Big left hook from Philippou stunned McGee. A right hand backed McGee up. Philippou did well with establishing his range in the first round that kept McGee on the defensive. The round ended with a left hook from Court that stunned Costa.
A left hook from Philippou backed McGee up at the start of the second round. Costa landed a clubbing right hand and followed it up with a stiff jab. McGee continued to stalk but was a step to slow. McGee clinched up but was unable to complete an outside leg trip. Philippou attacked with crisp boxing. McGee attempted another takedown but was stopped by a Philippou uppercut. Three punch combination landed for Philippou off of McGee's single leg attempt. Philippou landed a clean uppercut as McGee dropped for a takedown. The round ended with Philippou landing punches.
Court McGee aggressive at the opening of the third. McGee desperate for the takedown and he's gotten battered with uppercuts because of poor technique. An accidental shot to the groin caused a break in the action. Replays showed that it was was from a kick. Court McGee successful on the high crotch single lift but couldn't keep Philippou on the ground. Philippou completed a knee tap but didn't follow court to the ground. A flying knee from Court landed as did the switch kick to the head. A strong outside leg kick from Court was countered by a massive right hand. Court continued to look for the single leg and was denied on every attempt. Court threw kicks towards the end of the round and the two threw punches from the clinch as the horn sounded.
Court McGee entered the fight 3-0 in the UFC and 12-1 in his career. He is the Ultimate Fighter season 11 winner. This was his first defeat in the octagon. Constantinos Philippou came in 2-1 in the UFC and 9-2 (1) in MMA. He is now on a three fight winning streak in the promotion.