| This fight pitted two TUF winners against each other. McGee won the US version and Whittaker won the TUF: The Smashes season.
McGee was immediately looking to utilize his wrestling skills but Whittaker fought off the takedowns early. McGee landed some nice overhand strikes and also started incorporating the kick into his game plan. Whittaker was landing the jab fairly efficiently but it was Court who was throwing the more diverse strikes and he was also utilizing more movement. With two minutes left in the opening round Whittaker landed a nice hook that shook McGee momentarily, but he quickly regained his senses. McGee looked to have a cut on his hairline but it was nothing too significant as it was on the side of his forehead. McGee landed a nice hook later in the round and his attack was so diverse it seemed that Whittaker was having trouble firing off anything of his own. McGee couldn’t score any takedowns but his attempts seemed to make Whittaker uneasy about throwing freely. I give the first round to Court McGee, 10-9, although I see how it could go either way. Great round for both men.
Court came out using the same game plan in the second round and was not giving Whittaker any room to breathe. He ended up rocking Whittaker early in the round with a big hook but Robert was quick to regain his composure while McGee tried to close the pace a bit. Court landed more good straights and a hook but Whittaker survived. McGee also landed a takedown in the middle of the round but could not do much with it. Whittaker landed some nice elbows from the inside and Court was opened up above his eyebrow. Whittaker seemed to be doing a little more damage but Court was landing more strikes and with a little more power. McGee was also pressing the pace of the fight. This was also a very close round but I give it to Court McGee again, 10-9.
At this point I felt that Whittaker needed to finish the fight to get the win and he came out looking like he felt the same way. He was controlling the pace for the first couple of seconds but then it was McGee who took control of the pace. McGee landed a nice spinning kick to the body of Whittaker and Whittaker continued to look for the elbows that he’s found success with in the last round. Both men were starting to shows signs of the fight on their faces and both continued to throw strikes with power. Whittaker was pressing the pace with about 2:30 but it was leaving him open and McGee tagged him a couple of times. Whittaker was starting to find some success with his counters but McGee was just relentless with his pressure and abundance of strikes. At the end of the fight Court was clearly pressing the pace and taking the fight to Whittaker but both men were finding success with their strikes. This was a very close fight. I think McGee took the final round as well, 10-9, which give him a sweep on my scorecard, but the fight could have easily gone a different way on someone else’s scorecard. Here is how the judges i Indy scored the fight:
Court McGee Wins via Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
This was a very closely contested battle and a huge treat for the fans. Both men put on an amazing show and landed big strikes. It was a great game plan put on by McGee but Whittaker was also landing some very nice counter strikes that made it a close call on the judges’ scorecard’s. I don’t think that this loss will put Whittaker back too much as he put up a great fight against a seasoned vet like Court McGee. What a fight! This fight will likely be considered for Fight of the Night when the awards are given out following the night’s main event.
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