We often hear about inspiring stories about athletes overcoming adversity or hardships in their lives, but none can compare to the story of UFC fighter Court McGee. The things he had to go through to eventually reach his successes in life are unfathomable to most of us. Here I will take a look at his life, both the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
While in high school in 2002, McGee discovered a love for wrestling. Throughout high school he would become a great wrestler, compete in in State Championships and this love for wrestling was the obvious precursor to his eventual MMA career. But before his MMA career could even get started, McGee went through something that very few people do.
Throughout the early 2000s, Court McGee became addicted to heroin, cocaine and other drugs. He credits this problem materializing once he began hanging out with the wrong crowd. And in 2005, things got insane as he was actually declared clinically deceased by doctors following a heroin overdose at his cousin’s house. Miraculously, he was resuscitated, but the damage had already been done as McGee had to learn how to walk and talk again as a result of the overdose. And while he sought out to quit drugs after that, he did relapse a couple of times. One particular story he had told is that one time in Vegas, he took a single drink and then woke up four days later in Iowa, with no pants on, looking to score some heroin. But McGee has been completely clean since 2006 now and uses his story to be a motivation and ecourage others who are struggling with addiction.
So not only did McGee return to combat sports after overdosing and being declared dead, but it turned out he was actually extremely good at it. After amassing an 11-1 record, McGee was chosen to take part on season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter. Throughout his fights during the show, he showed an unbelievable grit and will to win, and eventually made it to the finale, where he ultimately won the fight and was named the Ultimate Fighter, which garnered him a UFC contract. This was considered an underdog win for him as he was the 12th overall pick in the Ultimate Fighter show that year.
As a result, McGee was now a UFC fighter and still fights for the organization until this day. While his career has been up and down with some big wins, tough losses and unfortunate injuries, there is no doubting he has done a lot more than many thought he could in his life. And I actually had the pleasure of meeting Court and sitting down with him for a few hours to watch a UFC card and talk with him. From personal experience, I can tell you he is one of the nicest guys out there and is a true inspiration for anyone who is trying to overcome major hardships in their lives.