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October 11, 2011

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“The reason why it is that I fight is to carry the message to other people who struggle with addiction and alcoholism, to tell them that there’s a way out, and if I can do it, you can do it,” says Court McGee.

A UFC fighter and CrossFitter, Court McGee says he recovered from a drug overdose in 2005.

“It was the low of the low,” he says in describing the circumstances of his overdose and how it changed him.

After the incident, he went to rehab and over time sobered up. His life turned around.

“I started coaching and helping to coach wrestling in a high school,” he says. “It was one of the best times in my life, man. I was actually doing something for somebody else for nothing in return—I didn’t get paid or anything.”

McGee started working and invested himself in a small gym where he pursued a career in martial arts—something he had wanted to do since he was five years old, he says.

“I like the competition. I like being in the fight,” he says.

“It keeps me sober to know that there’s possibility that somebody could benefit from my story,” McGee says.

“You know when it gets hard, you just keep going. You just put your chin down and you just keep going, just like in a fight.”

9min 11sec

Video by Again Faster.

Additional reading: Second Chances—CrossFit Works, Part 2 by Peter Egyed and Kevin O’Malley, published Feb. 6, 2010.



15 Comments on ““Dedication, Determination and Perseverance””


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ā€œIā€™m completely busted up, sore, tired, beat to shit, but I feel great." "This is where I should be.ā€

God bless you Dude. Totally motivating. Court, you da man.


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Congratulations on your triumphant journey! Keep it up and keep sharing your story. I am also in recovery and love hearing stories of success. God bless.


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Thanks for sharing your story. I've been alittle down fighting some nagging injuries (plantar fasciitis) which has me on the sideline for the last two weeks.
Your story has picked me up today and I will work around it.


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I appreciate you sharing your story with such humility. I work in law enforcement and spend my time chasing addicts and dealers. After a while, it feels a little hopeless. I find myself looking at people as obstacles rather than humans. Your story is a great reminder that there is hope for those who have lost themselves in their addictions. Keep your chin down, your a great example to more than just addicts.


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Court Mcgee... you have been one of my favorite fighters since you appeared on the ultimate fighter, thanks for sharing your story


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Tough fucking dude. Never knew his background. Cool video. Good luck Court


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Court, I have followed your story since your time on TUF and your hardwork and determination are inspiring. Keep up the hardwork and I'll be looking forward to your next fight. By the way, what was your "Annie" time?


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What a stud! Great story of inspiration and perseverance. Life is a mental game, great to see people winning that battle and overcoming obstacles. This is what we do in the gym everyday, great to see it translating into real life and into your work!


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Great story and life lessons. I'm an even bigger fan than I was before Court the Karate guy!


Bob Guere wrote …

Court, I liked you from the get-go on TUF - you had that "something different" about you, you were mature and dedicated. Your story is inspirational and I wish you all the success you can attain. I think I speak for any CF Gym when I say - "you're welcome in my gym anytime"


replied to comment from Kevin Rivich


Been a fan since TUF. Full disclosure I was rooting for you but didn't think you would win. I did what I guess others have done and under estimated your "Dedication, Determination and Perseverance." Hope to see you back in the ring soon. It's easy to root for you.


robert day wrote …


thanks for sharing with us and finding the right words to sum up how far you have come and why you do what you do.

good luck and a truly inspiring story.


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Thanks Court. We need to let people know that we can and do recover, and when we do, amazing and beautiful things happen. By the grace of God, I have been sober since 10/17/95. Keep crushing and keep coming back!

Steve M


Billy Howard wrote …

You're the man Court! Really inspirational video. Can't wait to train with you!

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