Court McGee Says Dropped to Middleweight Has Made Him a Better Fighter
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.25.2013
He's getting stronger and better...
Court McGee recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 27 and more. Check out the highlights:
On the growth of MMA contributing to his decision to drop a weight class: "You have kids now who are 12, 13 training for four or five years. You have to keep up with the curve. That's why I dropped to 170 – the conditioning has changed so much that I've become a better athlete and I've lost weight. My body's changing over time. I'm getting stronger and better."
On his training for Whittaker: "I punched the last guy more than anyone's punched anyone in the welterweight division. My striking's not bad – I'm working on it. And it'll get better. I trained the Monday after I fought Josh Neer, and I've been training since that day. I'm going to make the best of it since I've got a shot at this thing, and I've been training my butt off."
On planning for multiple possibilities: "Things change all the time," he said. "You get grapplers who strike the whole time, you get karate guys who punch the whole time. I don't go in with one game plan. My job is to go in and figure out how to beat him. I try to improve and change a few things, but if It's not broke, don't fix it. We worked on a few different things, and I punched a bag and (punched) training partners and grappled for hours and hours and conditioned, and it all leads up to that 15 minutes in the cage. I'll be ready to go when the time comes, that's for damn sure."
On his place in the sport: "It's cool to be a part of the UFC and mixed martial arts. I feel privileged I have the opportunity to do that on a big stage, or on any stage. ... I've improved as an athlete tenfold since my appearance on 'The Ultimate Fighter.' I'm grateful for it."