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John Sharp will oversee the night’s first main card bout, which takes place in the middleweight division.
Round 1: McGee takes the center, Philippou moving away, circling on the outside. Philippou stinging McGee with some of the shots he’s landing on the feet. McGee hanging tough and keeping Philippou honest. Philippou timing McGee, looking to land a hard counter. McGee feinting the takedown well. Philippou winging some heavy leather; McGee is doing well to avoid most of the shots, but can’t hit the takedown or establish his own striking offense. Philippou avoiding the takedown well. It’s a very measured first round; under a minute to go and neither mand has landed much of consequence. McGee lands a left hook. McGee dives for two takedowns and gets denied. McGee with another left before the bell.
FightLine scores the round 10-10
Round 2: McGee comes at Philippou and eats a hard left that backs him off. McGee wading forward, Philippou moving away and firing off of his back foot. Philippou getting in some solid counters. It’s an evenly-paced fight, with Philippou holding a slight edge in the measured stand up exchanges that take place. McGee tries for a takedown from the body lock, but Philippou defends. Two and a half to go in the second and both men staying very respectful of the other. Philippou countering well. Philippou defends the takedown and makes McGee pay with an uppercut. McGee grating Philippou on the cage, but Costa backs him off in short order. Philippou has drawn blood from McGee and is starting to put his punches together. McGee tries for a spinning elbow from the clinch, but misses. McGee pressuring, but Philippou landing the harder shots on the counter.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Philippou
Round 3: They touch gloves to start the final round. McGee still pressuring, but Philippou is maintaining his composure, moving well and landing counters. McGee getting in some nice shots when he’s able to pin Philippou down for a moment. Philippou gets clipped low and takes a moment to recover. They touch gloves and reset. McGee shoots for a takedown, lifts Philippou high with a high single and dumps Philippou to the mat. Philippou just stands up and shakes McGee off. Philippou throws McGee briefly to the mat, but doesn’t try to follow. McGee with a flying knee hat glances. McGee coming after Philippou with combinations; Philippou tags him with a hard shot. McGee with a wheel kick that barely misses. Philippou may be landing the harder shots, but McGee is landing slightly more frequently and staying the aggressor. Philippou with a hard leg kick. McGee matching hard after Philippou. He goes for the takedown and Philippou easily denies him. Philippou circling away and feinting, defending well but not landing all that much. Philippou defends another takedown.
FightLine scores the round 10-10k
Costa Philippou defeated Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)