UFC Charlotte: Matt Brown Lands Stunning Walk-Off KO on Court McGee

Matt Brown and Court McGee, UFC Charlotte
Matt Brown and Court McGee, UFC Charlotte ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Bryson Hester/Cageside Press

Capping off the UFC Charlotte preliminary card (and for some reason not getting main card placement) on Saturday was welterweight action between TUF winner Court McGee and fan-favorite Matt Brown.

“The Immortal” was 1-3 in his last four, and coming off a loss to Bryan Barberena. McGee was coming off his own loss opposite Jeremiah Wells, and while neither were in must-win territory per se, a loss might put them there.

Right off the opening bell, McGee looked to punch his way in, looking to clinch. Brown refused to be put on the back foot, leading to a back-and-forth battle of single strikes and low kicks, with neither man willing to cede any ground.

McGee, however, would latch on with a body lock about 90 seconds in, landing a takedown and taking the back as Brown scrambled to the fence. Brown got to his feet, with McGee still hanging off him, firing knees. An extended grappling battle ensued, Brown with his back to the fence, McGee leaning on him. That finally led to a warning from the ref to get busy; Brown eventually pushed McGee off him, and they returned to center.

What had been missing to that point, luckily for Court McGee and unluckily for everyone else, was one of those patented Matt Brown elbows that had done so much damage over the years. Or really much in the way of significant strikes from “The Immortal.” That changed in a heartbeat, however, when Brown connected with a short right hand as McGee was coming in. McGee dropped instantly, and Brown turned away, having landed the walk-off KO.

At 42, that’s Brown’s 16th career win by knockout. He’s also tied with Derrick Lewis for most knockouts (13) in UFC history.

Official Result: Matt Brown def. Court McGee by knockout (right hand), Round 1, 4:09