Court McGee Drops to Welterweight, Set to Face Josh Neer at UFC 157

Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIIDecember 13, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03:  Court McGee of the USA bleeds from his ear during the UFC On FX light middleweight bout between Court McGee and Constantinos Philippou at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Two guys looking to avoid the UFC chopping block will face one another at UFC 157. has confirmed that Court McGee—former winner on The Ultimate Fighter—will face UFC veteran Josh Neer in a welterweight bout.

Neer has been in and out of the UFC roster for the majority of his career. Every time he seems to build some momentum into an UFC return, Neer squanders it by losing a handful of fights in the Octagon.

He had won his first two fights in his return to the UFC against Keith Wisniewski and Duane Ludwig, but has since dropped two-straight bouts.

Both of his recent losses came before the final bell, as Neer lost by TKO to Mike Pyle and was submitted by Justin Edwards.

McGee had been on a roll since joining the UFC's ranks. He defeated Kris McCray to win The Ultimate Fighter and won his next two fights.

However, McGee's run came to a halt after losing his last two appearances in the Octagon. He lost a hotly contested decision against fellow The Ultimate Fighter cast-mate Nick Ring in his last bout, and also lost a decision to Costa Philippou in March.

The fight against Neer will require McGee to make the 170-pound limit for the first time in his career.

UFC 157 is set to feature the first women's MMA bout in UFC history when Ronda Rousey faces Liz Carmouche.