A round-by-round recap of how Court McGee beat fellow Team Liddell member Brad Tavares and reached the Ultimate Finale on June 19 and a chance for a six-figure contract with the UFC.
McGee got the takedown at the 3:15 mark and landed one good elbow, but Tavares used his guard to prevent any real damage and got back to his feet 45 seconds later.
McGee was the aggressor for all of the round, and added another takedown in the final 25 seconds.
McGee caught a leg kick and delivered a solid straight right to the chest that staggered Tavares and moved him back a few steps.
Midway through, Tavares began throwing punches and tried to dictate the pace. Tavares connected with several punches, having the most success with his left hand. He also stuffed two takedown attempts.
It opened with a groin kick from Tavares to McGee, but not as devastating as we've seen in the past. McGee just needed a few seconds to recover.
The two fighters exchanged punches throughout the round, with McGee eventually landing a shot midway through that stunned Tavares for a second.
With 1:19 left, Tavares got himself a return-fire groin shot with a glancing knee from McGee. With 45 seconds left, Tavares scored himself another groin kick from McGee.
When the action resumed, McGee connected with a big left hook that hurt Tavares. It was the sort of punch that would have decided the fight for McGee had it reached the judges' cards. (Fightin' Words gave the first round to McGee and the second to Tavares.)
McGee moved in on the stunned Tavares, hit him with a few punches, took him down and locked in a rear naked choke to win by submission with a few seconds left.