June 19, 2010
Court McGee became the latest Ultimate Fighter by forcing the submission artist to submit.
McGee outwrestled and outgrappled Kris McCray tonight before forcing him to tap out to a rear-naked choke in the second round tonight in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter finale in Las Vegas. With the win, McGee was crowned the winner for Season 11 of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s reality show.
Normally a fast starter, McCray found himself on his heels from the beginning. McGee clinched quickly for a takedown, forced McCray to defend from his back for much of the first round.
Round 2 went much the same way, with an early takedown from McGee, followed by full mount. McCray eventually gave up his back, and McGee gradually worked a left arm under his foe’s chin to secure the choke and elicit the tap.
Going to the ground with McCray wasn’t on McGee’s mind at first.
“The game plan was to hit him and move, hit him and move, him trying to take me down,” McGee said. “But the shot was open, and I took it. Sometimes you just feel it when you’re in the cage, man. And I felt it.”
Both men had an unusually long path to the TUF final. They lost their second-round matches, but were brought back as wild cards. McCray ended up fighting five times in six weeks.
Though he lost a fight during the TUF taping, McCray was undefeated in five professional bouts before tonight. All of those fights ended in the first round, including four wins via submission.
McGee improved his mixed martial arts record to 9-1.
Court McGee went from second-to-last pick to “Ultimate Fighter” winner with a second-round rear-naked choke over Kris McCray at “The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale” on Saturday at the Pearl inside The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.
McGee, who’d been eliminated during the series’ quarterfinals only to be resurrected by UFC President Dana White as a replacement for an injured Rich Attonito, found himself in McCray’s clinch early. He tripped the Lloyd Irvin student down and kept him grounded with two additional follow-up takedowns and a brief stint in full mount to earn the first round.
“The shot was open, and I took it,” McGee said. “Sometimes you just feel it when you’re in the cage, and I felt it.”
A recovered heroine addict who’d been coach Chuck Liddell‘s sixth choice for his squad on the reality TV show, McGee barreled his way to full mount again right away in the second round. He then attempted to take McCray’s back when he flipped to his stomach. McGee abandoned the position when he couldn’t secure his hooks, but McCray’s demise was imminent. McGee swarmed McCray with another takedown and took his back, forcing the previously undefeated fighter to tap out from the submission at 3:41 of the second round.
An emotional McGee, who earned a six-figure contract with the UFC, dedicated the fight to new trainer Chuck Liddell.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
his primary challenge = CM = 34 = Dexterity. Rapidity. Things happen really quickly. Skyrocketing.