Why Court McGee Almost Didn’t Make “The Ultimate Fighter”

Written by Tim Ngo
June 19th, 2010

Ultimate Fighter Court McGee

There’s no doubt that the feel good story from this season’s “The Ultimate Fighter” was that of Court McGee’s, but he recently admitted that he considered passing on the UFC.

The Utah native had no issues opening up during his stint in the TUF house about how he nearly died from a heroin overdose.

McGee was actually clinically dead, but paramedics were able to revive him. That’s when he knew he had to get his act together.

When he got the call that he was going to be on the show, he wasn’t quite sure if he should put himself in a situation where drinking was so prevalent.

“I questioned myself seriously before they called. I was putting myself in a situation where there would be alcohol, but there’s drugs and alcohol everywhere,” McGee told the media.

From there he had to decide why he wanted to be on the show and if it was worth the risk of possibly relapsing.

“I gotta remember where I came from and what it was like when I was drinking and using [drugs]. I was pretty miserable,” McGee explained. “I just questioned myself, ‘Was I coming here for the right reasons?’

“I came here for the opportunity to take care of my family.”

Now, McGee has an opportunity of a lifetime to earn a six-figure contract with the UFC and provide for his family at the same time.

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