While the decision was certainly questionable, the Calgary crowd seemed to have no qualms with it and cheered raucously for their fellow countryman.
The first two rounds saw McGee as the more frequent aggressor, but Ring was effective with counter-strikes—bloodying McGee's nose with his punches. They were tough rounds to call.
However, the third round was nothing but decisive. McGee pushed the pace on a tired Ring, and was able to spend most of the round landing at will. By the end of the third, it was clear that Ring couldn't have lasted much longer.
What We'll Remember About This Fight
The controversy around the decision, unfortunately, is what most fans will remember.
UFC President Dana White was on-screen with Joe Rogan shortly after the decision, and it was visible that he disagreed with the call. Rogan went as far as to call it a "hometown decision."
What We Learned About Court McGee
We didn't learn much we didn't know already.
McGee is a scrappy guy that is good in all areas and he has seemingly endless cardio.
He needs to add something to his game. As it sits, McGee isn't dangerous enough in any one area to pose a serious threat to top middleweights.
What We Learned About Nick Ring
That despite his impressive 13-1 record, Ring isn't a threat in the middleweight division.
It wasn't a completely horrible performance, but if it's a struggle for you to get past Court McGee, that's a sign you're probably a ways away from being a top-ten fighter.
What's Next For Both Fighters
I say do a rematch and do it as soon as possible.
It was definitely not a sound decision from the judges, and McGee deserves the chance to wipe this undeserved loss from his record.