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Hearing guys like Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg explain that Court McGee has come a long way from his days as a junkie pale in comparison to hearing Court and his family members speak about their recollections of some of McGee’s darkest and lowest points in his life.

The guy literally died and was seconds away from suffering irreparable brain damage, but because of a combination of luck and good timing, was resuscitated before becoming a vegetable.

According to The Ultimate Fighter 11 winner, he didn’t know how far he had sunk until after he hit rock bottom and came back to reflect on the life changing experience.

"I started hanging out with the wrong people — drinking, partying. It went from that to worse, to drinking every night," McGee explained. "I started mixing that with the alcohol and then it got worse. It went from that to cocaine and heroin, and then overdose."

After being prescribed painkillers for an injury, McGee developed an insatiable appetite for anything that would help him get high — a past time that soon enveloped McGee’s life and drove away his family and friends.

"I was a horrible person," Court says. "I was unemployable. I didn’t have any friends. I was a detriment to society. I had nothing."

After getting kicked out of his parents house because of his habits and penchant for stealing to fuel his addiction, his parents began to dread hearing the phone ring. They knew it was inevitable that one day they would get the phone call that was every parent’s nightmare.

They were right.

"He always pushes the limit and for him it was death. We always wondered when he would hit rock bottom and for him it was death," his mother Noel McGee recalled. "Court overdosed at his cousin’s house. She was the one that opened up the door and saw him and he was dead. He was clinically dead."

Luckily for McGee , paramedics who were responding to a call at a nearby trailer made it to his cousin’s house and were able to revive him before it was too late.

Although the medics arrived in time to save his life, the amount of time his heart stopped beating for had some detrimental effects and as such McGee had to learn how to walk and talk again during a month-long stay in a rehabilitation facility.

He relapsed a handful of times, but after his last one in 2006, he says he lost the desire to escape from his life and decided to embrace the gifts he had.

"I took one drink in Vegas and I ended up in Iowa four days later with no pants on and a long sleeve shirt, looking for meth," he says. "I decided after that, you know, ‘Well, it looks like I’m not going to be drinking anymore. About a week and a half later on April 16, 2006, that was my last drop. That was it."

Returning eturned to his old high school, McGee became an assistant wrestling coach and soon regained the fire he once had to compete.

"I got the spark back in me. I want to compete," he says.

After a few months of training he competed in his first MMA fight and hasn’t looked back.

Compiling an impressive 9-1 record with his only loss coming to UFC veteran Jeremy Horn, McGee, who had quit his job as a plumber a year prior finally earned a spot on TUF 11 after several failed attempts.

The rest is history.

"I knew what I was there for," he says. "I came in there, one, to be in the place where I was of maximum usefulness to others, that was, to carry the message. And, two, was to win."

Following his win over Kris McCray in the final on June 19, McGee dedicated his win to the family that helped him back from the depths of hell and to people who are struggling what he went through.

"I want to dedicate this fight to anyone who is struggling today," an emotional McGee said, addressing the crowd and the millions watching at home. "I love you all! To my family, my dad, my mom, and Chelsea and Isaac, I love you guys!"

"The saying that I have is I always worked hard and I never gave up on my dreams and that’s exactly what I did, man," McGee said. "Even when I was using and drinking I still knew somewhere that I was meant to do something and maybe that’s why God didn’t let me die, I don’t know. Maybe He’s got a plan for me. Maybe His plan was for me to follow my dreams."

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Mdot50- July 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm
i worked in des moines for 8 months and it was depressing... big time
tnbp- July 20, 2010 at 9:59 am
tramadoc-- I'm with you.

I hate how people feel they can say anything they want and think an "I was just kidding" will somehow just wipe the slate clean. Oh, you were kidding, shammy? Oh, well, in that case, I'll just forget that you said something completely unfunny and outed yourself as a colossal asshole at the same time. Who, me? No, I'm NOT kidding. I'm neither a friend nor family member of Court's. I don't have to be in order to be capable of identifying a douchebag. ;)
tramadoc- July 20, 2010 at 6:48 am
@ shammy. You are a shitbag.
nicey- July 20, 2010 at 6:33 am
omgosh court mcgee died and had problems w/ addiction! i had no idea.

...the fuck man how many times we gotta hear this ish!
ghostboner- July 20, 2010 at 1:59 am
Not Court's fault the news channel has to ham it up. Besides maybe he did destroy an asteroid.... you don't know.
Charming Charlie- July 20, 2010 at 12:47 am
Alright guys,

By listening to that voice over and cinematic score you'd think Court McGee destroyed an asteroid 4 years ago and saved the Earth.
Tai-Pan- July 20, 2010 at 12:14 am
I'd buy him a beer...
ghostboner- July 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm
Best hope you never see Court "Epic Beard Lincoln" McGee on a bus in his Stacy Adams shoes. Court is the man. You can't not love the guy.
Dick_Gozenya- July 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm
He's seems like a a good dude. I think he'll do just fine, it was just a bit of youthful exuberance. I'll bet he was a wacky son of a bitch in his heyday.

He needs to get a top hat and rock the Abe Lincoln.
herb137- July 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm
get dem ambalamps
roynelsonlookalike- July 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm
of course he was addicted to meth and loves to beat the shit out of people with a dad like epic beard man. amberlamps 4 life
wifey- July 19, 2010 at 8:33 pm
You know you've hit rock bottom when you end up pantsless in Iowa. I say this as I sit, pantsless, in Iowa.

Seriously, though, kicking an addiction for four years is no joke. I hope he stays clean for the long haul - he's got potential, and, as we all know, the saddest thing in life is wasted talent.
JHustle- July 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm
Man, work your way all the way up then get KTFO by a highkick from Ryan Jensen??? That's gotta suck.
KarmaAteMyCat- July 19, 2010 at 8:23 pm
Alright guys,

I know this is cagepotato and I know we're all assholes in our own special little way. This is much bigger then us and you need to stop right there and consider the power of this one human beings will to survive and come out on top. There is no need to doubt him it's been four years lets for this one time admire his will power and his need to be more then he was. To me this is a change in MMA news from hearing about how War Machine bashed in a dozen porn stars heads to hearing about how most fighters are on enhancement drugs. This is a bit of a nice change. So on behalf of Cagepotato live that dream and never let that spark go Court it's the most precious thing you'll ever have. True will power guys. Seriously. Oh and Vanilla Starbucks you know he must have had plenty of that in his day to day life god.
jimbonics- July 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Jebediah McGee is full of win. Love that guy. A rare TUF winner I won't call a scrub.

Ahhh Booger Sugar....
Dick_Gozenya- July 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm
Hey man- anybody know where a fella can get a little chacha around these parts? You know- some horse, gear, junk, the booboo, the night train? The booger sugar? Howzabout the white lady? Whattaya mean where's my pants?
shammy4life- July 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm
Sorry guys. I had know idea that Courts friends and family all posted on the CP comments section.
Seriously though, I was just kidding. I wish Court a long and illustrious career in the UFC. Many TUF winners have gone on to do great things in there divisions like Mac Danzig, and Kendal Grove. I see Court having similar success, good for him
Ballkick- July 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm
nickyroose- July 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm
I work with people everyday who have permanently overcome their addiction to drugs. Maybe 98% relapse for a day but the ones who have been more than a few years sober almost always stay on top of it with only the smallest slips. Court McGee is the most interesting story of TUF in this season or any other.
Ballkick- July 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm
That was a very inspiring story.
I hope Court is able to stay on the straight and narrow.
We all like to believe in happy endings and see people defeat their demons.
I have been around many people that have struggled with addiction and am always pulling for them to overcome the urge to relapse.
That said,.. Court has a very long road ahead,.... The pressure to stay competitive and relevant in the UFC, his new family obligations. It will be a test every day for him.
If he rises to the top of the UFC there will be every enticement along the way, if he fails to rise in the ranks the temptation will be much greater to relapse.

98% of the people I have known that battle with addiction have relapsed back into their dependence. Some go to rehab again, and clean back up, but the majority of them do not.
I hope for Court and his family, we see that long shot of the HAPPY ENDING.
Transition- July 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm
shammy4life is just angry because the only thing he has overcome is a bowl of ice cream. Keep typing you fat fuck.
Dolemite- July 19, 2010 at 6:02 pm
If anyone knows how to promote this guy properly it's the UFC. Kudos for the guy to overcome adversity. The guy can fight as well. Great story.
fatbellyfrank- July 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm
@ Shammy, know him personally do you? I think its a great story and an inspirational one as well, well done to Court for getting himself to whhere he is today, it must be an enormous satisfaction to his family and freinds too see him doing so well. I wish the guy all the best and hope his story can inspire others who find themselves in similar situations.
dranokills- July 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm
a very likable guy, I wish him well.
just shave that fucking goats vagina off your face... GAWWWD DAMN!
Poutine Guillotine- July 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm
No, the worst thing *most probably* will be shitty internet people making comments dismissing his recovery and openingly cheering for his relapse.

Internet criticism FTW!!!