Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Both Court McGee and Josh Neer knew their UFC futures were up in the air at UFC 157 and it showed in how both men fought. Both men came out and gave everything they had for 15 minutes, but in the end it was McGee picking up the unanimous decision.
McGee was active from the start, showing no side effects from dropping to 170 pounds for the first time. Towards the end of the first round, McGee badly hurt Neer with some body shots and Neer crumpled to the mat. It was a clear 10-9 round for The Pit fighter.
The second round would be Neer's time to shine as he picked up the pace on his strikes. Neer began to utilize his jab beautifully and had McGee backing up for the majority of the round. McGee attempted to answer Neer's offense, but it appeared as if the TUF winner's pace had slowed considerably.
McGee picked up the pace in the third and gave Neer everything he could handle in the final frame. McGee scored a takedown in the final round that likely gave him the victory at two rounds to one.
There were a number of issues I had with this fight. The first is that it should've been scored a 29-28 victory for McGee, as Neer clearly won round two. The other issue I have is with McGee's fight IQ in this bout.
He had Neer badly hurt towards the end of the first frame and could've possibly ended the fight had he thrown and landed a flurry of strikes. Instead, McGee attempted to secure a submission with just seconds remaining in the bout.
Also, McGee never went back to attacking the body in the second round. He had just dropped Neer to close out the first, but you'd never have known from how he chose to attack Neer as the fight wore on.