Court McGee has suffered his first loss since being crowned the winner of The Ultimate Fighter two years ago. Constantinos Philippou defeated McGee by unanimous decision on the first fight on the main card of Friday night's UFC on FX 2 event in Australia.
It was a solid victory for Philippou and an uninspiring performance by McGee, who just didn't look like he had much to offer.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Philippou, and I scored it the same way.
Philippou landed a couple of big punches in the early going and generally got the better of the punching exchanges for most of the first round. McGee did wobble Philippou with a couple of hard punches late in the first round, but Philippou had done enough before that to win the first, 10-9.
It was more of the same for Philippou in the second round, landing more effective punches than McGee and generally out-striking him however he wanted. McGee's corner told him after the second that he would have to finish the fight in the third.
Knowing he needed a stoppage, McGee got more aggressive in the third round, with takedown attempts and flying knees, but Philippou was ready for everything and able to stop McGee's attacks. The third round was McGee's best of the fight, but it wasn't enough to win the fight.
Philippou improves to 10-2 with the win, while McGee drops to 14-2 with the loss.