When The Ultimate Fighter 11 champion Court McGee steps into the Octagon at UFC 157, he will do so at welterweight. “The Crusher” recently spoke with MMAConvert’s Dana Becker about his decision to make the cut to welterweight ahead of his weight class debut against veteran Josh Neer later this month.
Why did you make the decision to cut to welterweight after the Nick Ring fight?
“I’ve been anticipating the weight cut for a year, year-and-a-half. I was going to do it prior to my fight in Australia (in early 2012 vs. Costa Philippou), but we ended up not doing it because we got offered the fight. We decided to take the fight, put on a few extra pounds, bulk up and do the best we could.
“Then, the next fight came up, so we postponed (the weight cut) again. After this last fight in Calgary (vs. Nick Ring), we called up (UFC matchmaker) Joe (Silva) and told him I have to cut down to 170. He said alright.”
What kind of advantages will competing at 170 pounds provide you inside the Octagon?
“If I go down a weight division, I will have that little extra edge. How I fight is my pressuring my opponent and beating a hole in their face. That is how I fight. There is no special game plan; I’m not trying to be Anderson Silva or karate-kick this shit. I’m not that guy. I come out, get in your face, push you until I feel you break. When I feel that happen, I take advantage. I’ve never been a finesse-type guy in anything. Maybe I was drawing when I was a child.”
For the complete interview, including McGee’s preparation for opponent UFC 157 Josh Neer and how he cut to welterweight, head over to MMAConvert.com.