In earning a unanimous decision over Dongi Yang last night at UFC Fight Night 25, Court McGee showed the kind of grit and toughness that can’t be taught.
Following the bout (props to MMAFighting for the quotes), McGee admitted that his toughness is likely more an asset to his fighting career at this point than his skill.
“Luckily, I was born with heart,” McGee said. “I feel you’re either born with it or not. Thank goodness tonight I was. I may not be the prettiest fighter, but I’m tough. That played a role in it tonight.”
His fight with Yang was hardly the most exciting on the card, but McGee is pleased with his performance. Though he realizes that he was far from perfect, he showed progress and that’s all he’s he’s looking for right now.
“I’ll go back and improve and stay focused, just like I am,” McGee said. “I didn’t feel like I had any ring rust or anything. … The only thing I think I could have done was commit to a shot and take him down a little bit earlier, work some ground. But I don’t look at the destination, I look at the journey. This is part of the journey –- learning and improving. I don’t think practice makes perfect – progress rather than perfection. I feel like I’m progressing. I’m happy. I’m content with my win, but I can always improve.”
UFC Fight Night 25 went down last night from the Ernest N. Morial Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.