Wednesday, 26 January 2011 09:30
(Note: The title of this article is not a typo. Mr. McCorkle specifically requested the wording.)
Going into his bout against Stefan Struve at UFC 124, Sean McCorkle was living the life—undefeated with 13 victories, including a first-round dismantling of mixed martial arts legend Mark Hunt in his UFC debut, McCorkle was doubtless on top of the world.
Despite overwhelming “The Skyscraper” in the stand-up department, picking up, slamming, working some nice ground-and-pound, and almost securing a very-tight kimura on Struve in the first few minutes of the bout, McCorkle would eventually be reversed by Struve—and from there pelted with a barrage of unanswered shots until referee Yves Lavigne called an end to the bout with just over a minute remaining in the first round—thus tainting McCorkle’s then-perfect record.
Luckily for McCorkle—a man that told me earlier that he would rather rack up a win with no compensation than lose for a full pay-cheque with a bonus included, will have another opportunity to pick up a W in the UFC as on March 26th McCorkle will travel to Seattle, Washington to step into the Octagon against Christian Morecraft—a 6’6”, 263 pound heavyweight contender with a nearly unblemished record outside of a loss to Struve in his UFC debut at UFC 117.
Recently, McCorkle took time out of his bout preparations to speak with me about no longer being undefeated, rankings, disrespect, and, of course, Morecraft.
Ed Kapp: You’re no longer undefeated. A few weeks after the fact, how is that sitting with you?
Sean McCorkle: It sucks more than I can explain—I hate losing more than anything in the world and I will never be okay with that loss. Ever.
EK: Is a rematch with Struve something you’d be interested in in the future?
SM: Absolutely, but strictly for my pride. I like him a lot as a person, so that would make it a little hard.
EK: How motivated are you to come out and make a statement in your next bout?
SM: Not so much to make a statement, but I desperately want to win. I was always afraid of losing, and having now experienced it, it's not as bad as I thought—its worse.
EK: I was looking through the rankings the other day, and Fight! Magazine didn’t have you ranked in their top-100 heavyweights. Meanwhile Stefan is ranked at 15—a guy you were well on your way to beating and Mark Hunt is ranked somewhere in the 70’s. Even Jason Guida is holding-steady at number 97.
SM: The fact that Jason Guida is in their top-100 tells you everything you need to know about Fight! Magazine. He's lost something like 11 of 12 with his only win being a sucker punch during a glove touch with Logan Clark. Although, he did fight me to a draw in a staring contest in Detroit.