After a commanding first round submission win over Pride and K-1 notable Mark Hunt in his UFC debut, undefeated heavyweight Sean McCorkle's reputation of being "all talk" was quickly upgraded to, "Oh shit, this guy can really fight too?"
When the UFC hit Indianapolis, giving the promising 10-0 local his first big test in the Octagon made perfect sense, but the begrudging MMA community deemed the devastating kickboxer from New Zealand too much for McCorkle to handle. Unsurprisingly -- especially for anyone familiar with "Big Sexy's" internet savvy -- McCorkle took issue with the fans doubting him, and calmly explained that they would foolishly eat their words after he beat Hunt by quick submission.
In fact, pleasant reminders of this prophecy were boasted by McCorkle in the weeks leading up to the fight, fifteen minutes before it, and immediately after. Substantial and well deserved gloating was involved in these endearing relations with the fans. Even some of the media who remained skeptical about McCorkle's abilities were treated to screenfuls of unabashed lambasting and roiling counter-criticism.
Now, with the announcement that talented young striker Stefan Struve is on deck for McCorkle at UFC 124 in Montreal, the Dutchman has drawn first blood by rallying the Underground Forum, McCorkle's official stomping grounds, to engage in a Photoshop war against Mr. McCorkle. Such is the setting for this interview.
DW: To put it mildly, you are now basically rich and famous. Tell us about the journey of working your way up to local dominance and then UFC stardom with a decisive first round submission over a heralded Pride icon?
SM: Well, I was rich before, so that hasn't changed. The famous part is pretty cool, especially now that I have gone Hollywood, and have new friends. New famous friends. I'm sure they'll all be by my side until the day I die. Or until I lose a couple fights in a row and get cut by the UFC.
DW: In addition to your proven fighting prowess, your rap sheet reads “no can defend” to describe your keyboard skills. What does this mean?
SM: Exactly what it says. No can defend. I don't feel like I need to expound any further, but for your readers that are a little slow, (and they'd have to be going to thegarv.com for their mma news) it basically means that no one can beat me in a war where the weapon of choice is written word. I'm pretty good in a knife fight too.
DW: Since you were discussing your fight on the UG before UFC 119 ended, I’m guessing the UG means more to you than others. Explain this unique fascination with the legendary Underground Forum?
SM: I just was very eager to rub my lighting quick submission victory in the faces of my haters. And few people know that I posted that I had won my fight via submission 15 minutes before the fight actually started. That's how confident I was that I would win. The Underground is unlike any other forum on the internet. At least that's what I've been told. Although one of my biggest strengths as a fighter is my internet savvy, I've never really seen or posted on another message board.
DW: Your next opponent is Stefan Struve, who has already stated that he's going to shut your big mouth with his big fist. Your response?
SM: My original thought was wondering why he would use his fist to tap out, and why on my mouth of all places?
I'm going to beat Struve, and I'm going to make it look easy. Then all my haters will talk about how he was never any good to begin with. Just like they did with Mark Hunt. Nevermind the fact that I beat Hunt 8 times faster than Fedor did.
DW: Struve has taken to guerrilla warfare on your turf by initiating a Photoshop thread to disparage you on the UG. What do you think of this tactic and it's effectiveness so far?
SM: I think he has gained a few fans by spending a total of about ten minutes making three posts on the UG, and leaving the comedy up to the other members. He's like Barrack Obama heroically leading our troops to victory in Afghanistan from his desk in the oval office. There have been some pretty funny pictures so far though. I've got some special things planned for him in the weeks leading up to the fight.
DW: You’ve excelled in MMA, particularly with submission fighting, at an alarming rate for your experience level. Please explain how and when you began in MMA, and relate your impressive performances in ADCC for those who are unaware.
SM: I finished in the top 5 at the ADCC American qualifiers after only training jiu jitsu for about 6 months using primarily gorilla strength to secure victories. And I was robbed by "referee decision" (whatever that is) or I'd have finished higher.
I began my MMA career after taking a jiu jitsu class for a few months, and in the process I met Jake O'Brien and Chris Lytle. They pretty much talked me into giving it a shot, but I owe them nothing -- so if they're reading this they can forget about asking for anything.
DW: For those who have yet to bear witness, please describe your aura.
SM: Many people have claimed to see a blue-ish light surrounding me like Obi Wan Kenobi's ghost. I think there's just a very positive energy that surrounds me. Maybe it's the twinkle in my beautiful blue-green eyes, the way my perfectly straight and pearly white teeth sparkle when I smile, or just the excess testosterone seeping from every inch of my body. I can't really explain it. But once you've been touched by it, you'll never forget it. Especially if you've been touched by it on your boobs.
DW: You made some appearances cornering Tim Sylvia and Matt Mitrione for big fights. Tell me about your relationship with both, and what role you played in their fight preparation?
SM: Actually I have yet to corner Matt Mitrione for one of his fights because he opts for less experienced coaches like Tom Erikson and Duke Rufus. And that's a perfect example of why our relationship is on the rocks, and why I called him out after my fight at UFC 119 in the interview with Ariel Helwani. That, and I'm pretty sure he's cheating on me with Pat Barry.
I first met Sylvia while helping him prepare for his fight with Pudzianowski, or as I call him, "The World's 2nd Strongest Man." Tim shortly after introduced me to Monte Cox who is the one who got me a contract with the UFC. So basically Tim got me in the UFC. Well Tim, and my undefeated record against stellar competition.
DW: Give us your opinion on any fighters in MMA you especially admire, respect, and/or drastically dislike, and why?
SM: I've always admired B.J. Penn for how ballsy he is, and GSP for how much better he is than everyone else in his weight class. In my opinion, he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. If I wasn't under contract with the UFC, I'd say that Fedor is my all time favorite fighter.
As far as fighters I dislike, I wouldn't even know where to start. I have certain things I don't like about fighters moreso than me disliking the fighters themselves. For example, I didn't like Matt Hughes' auto biography, and I don't like Dan Hardy's haircut. I don't like Brock's beard, or the thought of fighting Cain Velasquez. I don't like Josh Koscheck's attitude, or Michael Bisping's accent. I don't like the fact that Sam Hoger looks exactly like Hawk from Buck Rogers or that he's got sticky fingers. I don't like CB Dollaway because he just had to pull off that ridiculous choke at UFC 119 and steal the submission of the night bonus from me.
DW: Rank the top 3 UFC HW’s, and where you fit in on the list?
SM: Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, and Brock Lesnar. I'd believe I'm two wins away from breaking into the top-ten. I also believe that one day I will be paid like I'm a top-three heavyweight. I'm handsome, quick witted, very charming, and therefore highly marketable.
DW: Is there a particular opponent you would really like to face?
SM: I'd love to face Chael Sonnen in a trash talking battle. There aren't really any guys in the UFC that I really want to fight because most of them are really tough. Most of the people I'd like to fight aren't good enough to fight in the UFC. Like Jason Guida, Sam Hoger, or Oprah Winfrey. I've always wanted to soccer kick her right in the face.
DW: Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez: break down the match-up, and lend your prediction?
I think Brock will come out and immediately shoot a high double. When that fails he'll pin Cain against the fence and succeed with a takedown. Cain will work his way back to his feet, and Brock will take him down again. Cain will pop right back up and in the process appear to break Brock mentally. After that Cain will proceed to smash Brock and finish him in the first round. Brock will suffer a substantial cut under his left eye, and will get into some sort of strange altercation with the Undertaker on his way leaving the cage. At least that's my best guess of how the fight will go down.
DW: Damn! It's almost like that fight actually happened in the eight months we were waiting to receive your answers to this interview back. What should the MMA community expect from you in the future?
SM: Exciting fights and the best interviews in all of MMA. Excluding Chael Sonnen's rehearsed Q&A sessions with scripted answers to scripted questions coming from the audience.
DW: Any closing comments or final words?
SM: I would just like for you guys to thank me for taking time out of my busy schedule to answer your questions, and bring tens if not hundreds of new readers to your website. Holla.