UFC Fight Night 27: Court McGee talks heroin addiction, OD'ing and recovery

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Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee talked to the New York Post about his struggle with heroin addiction, overdosing and recovery.

UFC Welterweight and Ultimate Fighter season 11 champ Court McGee faces a tough fight against Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann tonight, but he's faced a much tougher opponent in his life: heroin. McGee spoke to the New York Post about his battles with the lethal drug, including his 2005 overdose:

Paramedics rushed to the scene, performed CPR and applied a defibrillator. Those methods didn't work until a police officer who responded saw the syringe and told the EMTs it was an overdose. Then McGee was injected with an opioid antagonist, which worked to reverse the effects of the heroin and he was resuscitated.

"If that cop wasn't on duty that night, there's a possibility I wouldn't be here," McGee said. "There's a lot of things that could have happened that didn't. ... I was given a second chance at life."

McGee also spoke about his recovery:

Until it nearly ended his life for good. Then the slow recovery process came - and not without relapses. McGee fell back into substance abuse three more times, including five months after the overdose when he had a sip of a Long Island Iced Tea in Las Vegas and the next thing he remembers is waking up four days later in Iowa with no pants on foraging for crystal meth.

But now McGee has not had a drink or used a drug since April 16, 2006.

McGee is 4-2 in the UFC and 15-3 as a pro.

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