Ramiz Brahimaj is aiming for an early finish against Court McGee this weekend.

It won’t be easy. At the upcoming UFC Fight Night, Brahimaj is matched against a seasoned stayer with 30 professional MMA fights. All of McGee‘s last 16 fights ended in decisions, except one – a loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio nearly six years ago.

For that reason, Brahimaj and his team are taking their preparation very seriously, the 29-year-old welterweight told The AllStar. While he sees ways to end the fight early, he’s getting ready for a “dog fight.”

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“I understand his toughness, his durability. That’s a real thing,” Brahimaj said. “If you have 20 fights in the UFC or 19 fights in the UFC and you’ve only been finished once, that says a lot about you. That says that you’re a durable motherfucker. That’s something that I don’t underestimate at all and I’m definitely prepared for it.”

Tough talk, as one would expect from a fighter. With the toughness, though, comes “a ton of respect” for a fighter that a teenaged Brahimaj saw win The Ultimate Fighter.

“To watch that and now to be competing against him it’s a great honor for me,” Brahimaj said. “He’s had an amazing career. The guy has really fought the who’s who. He has a career that honestly he can definitely look back on and be proud of.

“The dude’s fought some of the biggest names in the game. From Robert Whittaker, Santiago Ponzinibbio, [Dhiego] Lima…the list goes on. Carlos Condit. He’s legitimately fought the who’s who of the sport.”

Respect or not, Brahimaj has a job to do on Jan. 15.

“I can see myself finishing him in the first, second, or third round,” the Fortis MMA prospect said. “Any kind of outcome I can see but as always I see myself as the victor. That’s just the way I envision this fight.

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“I’m ready for 15 hard minutes. That doesn’t matter to me. At the end of that 15 minutes, I see my hand getting raised.”

Fighter profile

Ramiz Brahimaj is a 29 year old male fighter from United States with 9 pro wins and 3 losses. Brahimaj is scheduled to fight Court McGee at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Chikadze on Saturday January 15, 2022.

Recent form coming into this matchup

Recent form for Ramiz Brahimaj
Ramiz Brahimaj’s last 5 professional MMA fights

Brahimaj has gone 3-2 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.

  • Win vs Sasha Palatnikov • Submission R1 2:33 • 2021-08-21
  • Loss vs Max Griffin • KO/TKO R3 2:03 • 2020-11-07
  • Win vs Carlos Martinez • Submission R1 0:55 • 2019-03-22
  • Loss vs Justin Patterson • Decision R3 5:00 • 2018-11-30
  • Win vs William Macário • Submission R2 2:34 • 2018-08-10

Next opponent: Court “The Crusher” McGee

Tale of the tape: Ramiz Brahimaj vs Court McGee
Tale of the tape: Ramiz Brahimaj vs Court McGee

Recent form coming into this matchup

McGee is a 37 year old male fighter from United States with 20 pro wins and 10 losses. 

Recent form for Court McGee
Court McGee’s last 5 professional MMA fights

McGee has gone 2-3 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.

  • Win vs Claudio Silva • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-05-22
  • Loss vs Carlos Condit • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-10-03
  • Loss vs Sean Brady • Decision R3 5:00 • 2019-10-18
  • Loss vs Dhiego Lima • Decision R3 5:00 • 2019-04-27
  • Win vs Alex Garcia • Decision R3 5:00 • 2018-10-27

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Darren is the editorial director of The AllStar and a retired championship-winning point guard who dropped dimes and broke ankles in recreational leagues across the Asia Pacific. A former APAC markets and banking editor with Bloomberg News, Darren has written about the NBA and UFC. Personal sporting highlight: Being courtside under the backboard (and a little to the left) when Vince Carter did THAT DUNK on Frederic Weis at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.