The UFC Fight Night 27 lineup rolled along to the middleweight division in our third main card fight as TUF champions Court McGee and Robert Whittaker squared off in Indy. The three round affair was a fun fight but in the end, TUF 11’s champion would edge TUF:Smashes’ champ on the judges scorecards.
McGee Edges Whittaker
It was battle of TUF champions in Indy and the champs lived up to their titles. The story of the fight was McGee’s pace versus Whittaker’s left hand and elbows. Both fighters would have their moments tonight at the Fieldhouse, but McGee would get the nod for his second straight victory. The loss snaps a two fight win streak for Whittaker.
Rd. 1- Herb Dean is our referee tonight in Indy. McGee stalks his prey immediately and lands an over-under tie early before Whittaker sags out. McGee is landing nice accurate strikes so far while Whittaker is carrying his hands a little low. Headkick to low kick by McGee. More legkicks by McGee while Whittaker spies the counter opportunity. Nasty left hook by Whittaker stops a McGee takedown attempt in its tracks. McGee going to the head and then body and then lands a knee pick before Whittaker escapes. McGee is bleeding at the left hairline now but it is not in his vision. Body kick by McGee and a left by Whittaker. Nice exchange as the round ends and the fighters shake hands after a few blows land after the horn. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 McGee but it is anyone’s round.
Rd. 2- McGee is stalking again and lands some nice combos early. McGee parries a punch by Whittaker and the New Zealander slips. Huge left hook by McGee has Whittaker hurting but he manages to recover and McGee lands another left. Whittaker circles out and gets stuck on the cage and eats a hard elbow on the exit by McGee. McGee has a takedown and nearly takes his opponents back but Whittaker fires out and survives. Nice elbow by Whittaker lands. McGee is landing well volume wise while respecting the power of Whittaker. Cut has opened up under McGee’s right now. Nice jab to an elbow by Whittaker. Whittaker is starting to find his range with a minute left. McGee sees yet another takedown stuffed. Nice headkick slaps the back of the head and McGee responds with a combo that lands a few after the bell again. MMAFrenzy has it 10-10 after Whittaker’s late comeback. (20-19)
Rd. 3- Whittaker comes out more aggressive to start the round. Spinning back kick lands from Court McGee and the crowd loves it. McGee parries another punch by Whittaker and lands a series of his own. Fighters are exchanging jabs now. Nice 1-2-1 combo by Whittaker. Nice jab catches Whittaker coming in but the Kiwi fighter lands a nasty hook. Whittaker is bleeding now too. Another spinning kick by McGee but it has little behind it. Whittaker lands again with the left. Been a fun fight. McGee with a nice elbow combo of his own and he lands a good strike. Wicked left hook by McGee and he clearly has found his range again. Big leg kick by McGee. Whittaker isn’t wilting but he is taking a lot of shots here. Huge flurry by both fighters elicits a massive ovation from the crowd as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has the round and the fight going to McGee 10-9, (30-28).
Court McGee def. Robert Whittaker via split decision (30-27,27-30,29-28)