UFC-Norfolk winner Sean Strickland doesn't feel bad after draw flipped in his favor


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NORFOLK, Va. – Sean Strickland promises he’s a fighter who is humble in victory or defeat, but he’s not feeling all that bad for Court McGee after the decision in their UFC Fight Night 120 bout was flipped from a majority draw to a unanimous decision.

“When it comes down to fighting, a win’s a win,” Strickland told MMAjunkie. “If I have to rob somebody, I’m sorry, buddy, but I’m going to take that rob. … I’m a gracious winner, and I’m a gracious loser. I like to show my opponent respect before and after the fight. If that was the decision I would have sucked it up and (taken) it, but I’m happy I got the W.”

UFC Fight Night 120 took place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The welterweight fight between Strickland (19-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and McGee (18-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to the remainder of the card on FS1.

Regardless of the outcome, Strickland admits he wasn’t very happy with his performance. He’s 4-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2015 but feels he could have had much better results if his octagon showing matched what he does in the gym.

“I’m one of those guys, in the gym I’m phenomenal,” Strickland said. “Then when I come out in the fight, I’m fighting at half of what I am. I know it, and I just need to sack up and bring who I am in the octagon. Maybe my next fight you’re going to see it.”

The victory over McGee helped Strickland rebound from a loss to surging 170-pound contender Kamaru Usman at UFC 210 in April. He said he learned a lot from that defeat and plans to build off his performance at UFC Fight Night 120.

“(Usman) knocked me off the ladder, but all I can keep doing is fighting whoever they give me,” Strickland said. “Keep working my way back up to the top.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Court McGee, Sean Strickland battle to hard-fought majority draw

Court McGee (18-6-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC) and Sean Strickland (18-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) went toe-to-toe from the opening bell, but in the end, neither would walk away with a win.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

The shorter McGee was aggressive to start, looking to move past his opponent’s range and mix it up on the inside. However, a McGee high kick saw Strickland press forward on a counter and drive the action to the floor. McGee refused to stay on his back, quickly scrambling up and again mixing it up on the feet. The taller Strickland did a good job of utilizing his longer punches, but McGee countered well with kicks to the legs and body.

McGee pressed closer in the second, looking to get the fight to the floor, but Strickland was able to defend and reset and return to his game of striking from range. McGee tried again near the halfway point to bullrush his way into the clinch, but Strickland simply pushed him away and went back to a volume approach with his lengthy jab and straight. Strickland seemed comfortable on his feet, but he never did really sit down on his shots, and he allowed McGee to set the pace throughout. A late McGee takedown attempt again proved fruitless but kept his aggression constant.

Strickland did seem to pick up his aggression in the third, while McGee’s forward movement certainly did not relent. As the two tried to gain control of a close fight, it was Strickland who actually took the fight to the floor and set up in top position. McGee was relentless in his escape, as well, scrambling non-stop until he was able to return to the feet and slip around to his opponent’s back. With time winding down, McGee dropped for a leglock, but it backfired, and Strickland actually pulled free and slipped around to his opponent’s back, briefly locking in a rear-naked choke before letting it go in fire of firing punches from the back until the final bell.

In the end, judges couldn’t decide a winner, with two scores of 29-29 outweighing a 30-27 card for Strickland and resulting in a majority draw.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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Welterweight bout between Court McGee and Sean Strickland set for UFC Fight Night 120

A welterweight bout between Court McGee and Sean Strickland has been added to UFC Fight Night 120’s lineup.

Both McGee (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and Strickland (18-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) will look to bounce back from losses when they meet on Nov. 11 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.

The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

“The Ultimate Fighter 11” winner McGee was last seen in the octagon in January, when the judges unanimously declared Ben Saunders the winner of a UFC Fight Night 103 bout. McGee has been on a see-saw of wins and losses since a split call over current interim middleweight champ Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night 27 in 2013.

Strickland, in turn, was riding a three-fight winning streak when a UFC 210 unanimous-decision setback to “The Ultimate Fighter 21” winner Kamaru Usman halted his momentum. Prior to that, the 26-year-old fighter had only lost once in the octagon – a UFC Fight Night 61 decision to Santiago Ponzinibbio.

The latest UFC Fight Night 120 card now includes:

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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