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McGee Victorious in Return at XFC


Gan McGee. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

TAMPA, FL -  Utilizing his 13-inch height advantage and clubbing fists, six-foot, ten-inch heavyweight Gan “The Giant” McGee successfully launched his MMA comeback Saturday night in Tampa, Florida at the St. Pete Times Forum, stopping veteran fighter Johnathan Ivey by technical knockout in the second round at Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC)‘s “Salute to Our Armed Forces 5.”

Over 11,200 fans were in attendance, topping XFC’s June 28 attendance mark of 10,700. This was the fourth consecutive XFC promotion in Tampa to draw at least 10,000 fans.

“It feels great to be back,” McGee stated in a post-fight interview. “I love fighting. I [expletive] love it! Really short guys are really hard to hit, but I did what I had to do. ‘The Giant’ is back!”

When McGee last fought on American soil, he was fighting on Pay-Per-View for the UFC heavyweight title against then-champion Tim Sylvia at UFC 44. The bout was one of the most controversial fights in MMA history: Sylvia won, but tested positive for steroids in a post-fight drug test.

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McGee Returning After Four-Year Absence


Gan McGee. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gan McGee has formally announced his intention to return to active competition following a four-year hiatus from mixed martial arts, starting with a comeback bout against fellow veteran Jonathan Ivey at an Xtreme Fighting Championships event in September.

Fittingly nicknamed “The Giant” during his fighting days due to his 6’10 frame, McGee quickly rose to the top of the heavyweight rankings upon entering the UFC, where he knocked out Pedro Rizzo in his debut with the organization. A first-round TKO victory over Alexandre Dantas and McGee found himself challenging then-heavyweight title holder Tim Sylvia in September of 2003.

Sylvia stopped McGee in the first round but was found to have tested positive for steroids after the fight. McGee pleaded with UFC management to receive another title shot but his wish wasn’t granted. He opted to fight twice overseas, losing consecutive bouts in PRIDE before going into retirement.

When it became clear that UFC wasn’t going to consider me for a second title shot, my entire world collapsed,” McGee said in a recent press release. “I felt like a part of me had just died. It was beyond devastating. I never really recovered from the Sylvia fight. Mentally, I lost that edge, that killer instinct. After I lost my second fight in Japan, I swore to myself that I would never step foot in a cage again, not until I regain my warrior’s mentality back. My killer instinct is back, and trust me, it’s never been deadlier.”

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