This is the UFC Fight Night live blog for Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker, a welterweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at Bankers Life Fiendhouse in Indianapolis.
McGee, who has won three of his last five fights, will face Whittaker, who has won both of his fights in the Octagon, on the main card.
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Round 1: Herb Dean is the referee for this one. McGee's more active in the early going, mixing up punches and kicks and keeping Whittaker out of range. Whittaker works to establish his jab and once it starts landing, he scores a knockdown with a looping left hand. McGee with a takedown, though Whittaker is right back up. Final minute, still either guy's round. McGee is cut along the hairline, though unclear from what. Whittaker sprawls a late takedown attempt. Close round. MMAFighting scores the round for Robert Whittaker, 10-9.
Round 2: McGee drops Whittaker with a big left hand early. Whittaker's right back up, but McGee swarms him. Whittaker escapes. McGee's keeping up the pressure, though. McGee with a takedown. Whittaker lands a nice short standing elbow. Pace slows a bit. McGee shoots for a takedown with two minutes left, bur Whittaker sprawls. McGee is cut under his right eye, likely from the elbow. Whittakers throwing that elbow frequently now, but not landing often. Final minute. Whittaker throws a late head kick and just misses. MMAFighting scores the round for Court McGee, 10-9 (19-19 overall).
Round 3: An interesting opening minute, McGee's pushing the pace, but Whittaker has found his range in a way he didn't early in the fight. This continues for awhile. Whittaker opens up with the jab for a bit. Midway through the round, still either guy's fight. McGee makes halfhearted takedown attempt. Still a standup war of attrition, back and forth, with a minute left. McGee turns up the pace with about a minute left. He's got Whittaker backpedaling. McGee pushing forward in the final seconds and probably sealing the fight. Good, hard-nosed little scrap comes to a close. MMAFighting scores the round for Court McGee, 10-9 (29-28 overall).
Court McGee defeats Robert Wihttaker via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28).