Court McGee is one of those fancy Ultimate Fighter winners who had a ton of potential after the season was over. He won the TUF 11 tournament as a middleweight, but after two consecutive losses at 185 pounds (including one to Nick Ring, who also beat him on the show) McGee is dropping to welterweight to face Josh Neer.

McGee has a respectable skill set to build from. McGee has the boxing to make fights competitive and also possesses the wrestling to keep fights standing if he so chooses. But like many TUF winners before him, McGee doesn’t seem to be close to contender status as he migrates to 170 pounds, especially considering the depth of the division. If there is one division that can be considered a shark tank in the UFC, it is welterweight.

The division from head-to-toe is just stacked with talent, whether you’re looking at a Georges St-Pierre, a Martin Kampmann or a Jay Hieron, the welterweight division can eat just about anybody alive.

Many TUF winners have failed to produce after winning the show, and there is no shame in that. Many have also tried dropping weight and have succeeded, whereas others have failed. McGee just hasn’t been the same since his long injury layoff in between wins over Ryan Jensen and Dongi Yang. While some may say he won the fight against Ring, it still doesn’t erase the fact that the fight was close enough to have a controversial decision.

McGee was outstriking Ring in the latter parts of the fight, but even with that stat in his corner he was still unable to finish Ring. Instead, he let the fight go to the judges. And judges are rarely kind in such situations.

McGee has good skills and can be competitive at 170 pounds, but seeing him beating the top ten at welterweight is just hard to imagine. Each top-ten fighter has a great overall skill set, with many possessing wrestling chops that could just overwhelm McGee.  Those high-level wrestlers could grind out decision victories over McGee.  Meanwhile, others possess the power to keep McGee at a distance and hesitant to throw back. Either scenario favors McGee’s opponents.

It’s hard to even imagine someone like Demian Maia, who was much better at middleweight than McGee, ever getting a shot at the welterweight strap. And if Maia never gets a shot at the title, McGee definitely won’t.

McGee is a talented fighter and seems like a genuinely good person, but against the blender that is the welterweight division, it doesn’t seem possible that he’ll rise to the top.

Photo: Court McGee (James Law/Heavy MMA)

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Sal DeRose
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Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.