UFC Live Blog: Court McGee vs. Dongi Yang Updates

NEW ORLEANS – This is the UFC Fight Night 25 live blog for Court McGee vs. Dongi Yang, a middleweight bout on tonight's UFC on Spike telecast from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

McGee (13-1, 2-0 UFC), the winner of Season 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter," has not competed since a submission win over Ryan Jensen at UFC 121 last October. It was his second straight submission win after tapping out Kris McCray to win TUF 11.

Yang (10-1, 1-1 UFC) is coming off a TKO victory over Rob Kimmons at UFC on Versus 3 in March. Prior to that, he dropped a split decision to Chris Carmozzi at UFC 121 in his UFC debut, which also was the South Korean's first fight in the United States.

The live blog is below.


Round 1: McGee opens with a leg kick followed by traded jab fakes. Not much happening for 90 seconds, but Yang lands a kick and a punch, then ducks out of the way of McGee's combo until McGee lands a right uppercut. Inside leg kick from Yang lands, and a right cross from McGee just misses. Another inside leg kick from Yang hits, then another, and he just dodges a high kick from McGee. The crowd starts chanting for more action. A left from McGee lands, and it looks like Yang slips and hits the mat for a second. Another couple good kicks from Yang. He's landing them reguarly, but McGee is coming forward a little more. It's a close round. We'll give it to Yang 10-9 based on the leg kicks, but it could go either way.

Round 2:
Nice combo from McGee gets things started. Yang ducks under a punch, but McGee rushes in looking for a takedown. He can't get it and we go back to the center 90 seconds into the round. A long stall of not much action beyond traded jabs and some OK inside leg kicks, but with 90 seconds left McGee lands a nice 1-2. The crowd is booing and wants more than it's getting from this fight. High kick from McGee finds the mark, but not enough to drop Yang. But a couple short uppercuts hit home and wobble Yang briefly. It's a 10-9 second round for McGee on our card.

Round 3:
Good jab from Yang lands. McGee looks briefly for a takedown, but it's not there, and he backs out of Yang's counter. We trade jabs and then out of nowhere, Yang lands a left that drops McGee, and as McGee gets back up Yang lands a knee moving in. We move into rock 'em sock 'em robots mode all of a sudden with 2:40 left, and the crowd appreciates it greatly. Both fighters are cut up on the face. They clinch and look for a takedown, but no dice. Yang now is bleeding a little more, and he spits some blood out onto the canvas. McGee is coming forward and just misses a roundhouse kick. He shoots for a takedown, but Yang defends. They clinch, and McGee gets a nice takedown, then looks to transition to mount but Yang gets up. McGee goes for a tired shot and somehow gets a short takedown. He lands some good elbows at the 10-second mark, then looks to lock in a choke. Yang survives the round, but it's an obvious 10-9 for McGee. We've got the fight for him 29-28.

Result: Court McGee def. Dongi Yang, unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-28)


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