In a rare meeting between two Ultimate Fighter winners, Court McGee and Robert Whitaker spent all three rounds in standup, with McGee eventually earning the judges’ decision.

The welterweight bout was one where neither fighter would be able to impose their will for any length of time, although both were active.

In the first round, Court McGee struggled with Robert Whitaker’s left early, but stayed competitive with his hands — and managed to land a few solid leg kicks as well. McGee landed a good kick to the body as time expired, but he was out-landed and likely lost the round.

In the second, McGee continued to try and pressure Whitaker, staggering Whitaker with a left hook. But then Whitaker’s combinations improved, landing several elbows in the mix. McGee was bloodied in the middle of the round, but the punching output was similar.

In the third, Whitaker was caught off-balance early. But he recovered and connected with a punching combination. McGee’s volume of punching increased as the round wore on, mixing his strikes just a bit better than his opponent,and likely earning the decision.

The scores were predictably all over the map: read as 30-27, 27-30, and 29-28 — in favor of McGee.

At UFC Fight Night 27, Court McGee defeated Robert Whitaker by Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28).