Sunday, January 15, 2017
McGee outfights Saunders but doesn't get decision
Court McGee did what he needed to do against Ben Saunders in their welterweight UFC MMA bout Sunday night in Phoenix.
After Saunders had the edge in round one due to leg kicks, McGee put on the pressure in rounds two and three. In the final round, McGee staggered an exhausted Saunders, 21-7-2, early and the round ended with Saunders on the ground taking punishment.
It should have been a win for the Utah veteran, but three judges inexplicably scored the bout 29-28 for Saunders.
Here's some stats from the bout: McGee, 19-6, had 90 strikes to Saunders' 74. McGee had the only takedown, and among significant strikes, McGee had 67 to Saunders' 48. And, after two competitive rounds, McGee dominated round three.
Saunders is a great fighter and it's hard to feel too bad that he got some luck tonight.
But Court McGee deserved to have his hand raised, and it's a shame the judging prevented him from a win.
In the main event, Yair Rodriguez stopped a game but way past his prime BJ Penn in round two.