Soon, it's fight time, and both competitors make their way to the cage.
TEAM LIDDELL'S Court McGee (9-1) VS. TEAM ORTIZ'S Nick Ring (10-0)
Dana does the pre-fight announcements, and referee Josh Rosenthal gets us started.
Court strikes first with a solid short right and then shoots for and gets the takedown. Nick pulls him into full guard and keeps Court tied up and unable to do much from the top. After inaction, the ref tells the fighters to get busy as Nick looks for an escape. He easily gets it, and we're back standing, where Nick connects on a leg kick. The second, though, is countered with a punch. The fighters then trade ineffective kicks but soon find their range with low and body kicks. After a clinch, Court looks for the takedown, but Nick fights it off and delivers knees to the legs of his opponent. Still clinched, Court throws and misses an overhand right on the break. Court dips and shoots, but Nick easily snuffs it out and collapses on top of him with a front choke. As Court works to his knees, Nick transitions to his back, throws a few punches, and then moves into half guard when Court rolls to his back. Nick looks to improve his position and uses some punches to create openings. Court, though, delivers some elbows from below. Nick can't improve his position but finds success with a series of punches before moving into full guard. Nick postures up and delivers some short punches, and Court uses butterfly guard to create some room to throw his own punches from his back. It's an extremely close round that could go either way, though MMAjunkie.com would have awarded it to Nick, 10-9, by the narrowest of margins.
After getting instructions from their corners, the fighters launch round two. A few kicks whiff, and Court lands a nice right hand from distance. Nick answers with a low kick and another, but Court counters. The fighters trade more kicks that are mostly blocked. The fighters then trade jabs, and Nick uses the opportunity to land a solid inside leg kick. Nick fakes a shoot and eats a short uppercut, and Court slowly stalks him against the cage. After a clinch, the fighters battle for underhooks while trading knees. They opt to break, and Nick looks a bit confused as Court bounces with a bit of confidence. Nick throws another low kick but again eats a couple quick punches. Both fighters are slowing but continue pressing the action while mixing punches and kicks as they take the center of the cage. Court shoots, but Nick easily avoids it. Nick works more low kicks, but Court doesn't seem concerned and waits to counter. Nick is connecting, but Court seems unfazed and continues bouncing while appearing the fresher fighter. The fighters clinch again and wrestle for position, and Nick presses Court into the fence. Court quickly circles off the cage and delivers short punches to the gut while clinched. On the break, Nick delivers more low kick but eats a nice right as the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores the second for Court, 10-9, in what appears a clear-cut round.
As both teams argue whether there will be a third round, Chuck verbally jabs with Team Ortiz members and says his guy won both rounds. Jamie said Nick controlled it with takedowns and aggression, but Chuck says Court won the first three minutes of the first round and earned it.
The judges don't agree: Nick Ring def. Court McGee via majority decision (20-18, 19-19, 20-18)
Tito is still peeved after the fight since Nick rarely listened to his instructions to circle to his left during the exchanges.
However, no one is angrier than Chuck, who complains that Nick did little but lie on Court in the first round. More importantly, he can't understand how Nick possibly won the second round and looks for any official who will listen to him.
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