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A Game of Fighting

“I want you to hit me as hard as you can.”


I am Sean McCorkle’s Bruised Ego.

Anymore, you learn about bruises in comic books — all heavy cross-hatching and lilac purple contrasting American Red and Cornflower Blue.  Children today never get a chance to know hurt.  The woods are clear-cut.  Toys are shatter proof and non-toxic. The playgrounds are low.  Rounded.  Cushioned.

Twenty years ago, you cut your hand open on an axe and ran a mile back home, and maybe you got stitched up.

Twenty years ago, nobody knew anything about game-planning for a fight.  Men who all knew little pieces of fighting tactics — what would they know of strategy?  To plan past the third haymaker was beyond many of them.

Anymore, people fight like it’s some kind of job, like they’re trying to make money out of it.  People who watch these fights, they talk like it’s some sort of highest form of competition with safety rules and scoring rules and “Octagon control”.

Not for nothing, but these guys don’t want to talk about how those early days were so special.  How watching two walking slabs of beef hurl themselves at one another was like watching Wild Kingdom with people.  Survival of the fittest.  Kill or be killed.  No one wants to talk about the boner they get for names like Paul Herrera, Steve Nelmark, Jeremy Bullock.

Toughman isn’t the right word, but it’s the first one that comes to mind.

So what do you do when people want to watch a fight, but everyone agrees to call it a sport instead, just to be polite?  And so they make rules, because sports need rules, and somebody said “hey look boxing”, and never mind the difference between boxing and an honest fight.

I am Sean McCorkle’s Bruised Ego’s Murky Understanding of the Duality of Man.

What do you do when two men fight for a half hour, and then they stop and nobody can agree who wins?  If both fighters can honestly say, “I feel like I beat him,” shouldn’t they have to just have to keep going until one of them shuts up?

Robbery isn’t the right word, but it’s the first thing that comes to mind.

Not so much the fighters.  Think of me, a Bruised Ego, and how sometimes you just want to destroy something beautiful.  Sometimes you just want to see a good fight, and anymore, they’ll rob you of that.  Because really, if there was a loser in that fight, he wasn’t in the cage.

Sometimes you just wonder what it would have been like, if everyone had just followed the rules and kept their mouth shut.  I mean, yeah, human cockfighting sounds terrible on the news.

But twenty years ago, man, it was the best!

Bullshit like this never happened.



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SeanMcCorkle’sBruisedEgo- February 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Mofo- February 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm
The comments on the UG definitely suck compared to the erudite level of wit and sophistication here at the potato nation :)
XENOPHON- February 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm
@Mofo Says - well I read a few of the other peoples posts too. They either think CP went downhill after there was a change in editors, or they are diehards to UG. To be honest, I am not a UG subscriber, but if I was I would rule that place. The level of wit is lacking. It would be a great place for J.Jones to practice posting his articles. GRIN
Mofo- February 6, 2012 at 11:59 am
Actually McCorkle's only complaint was that CP takes pot shots at him and he doesn't think it's warranted. So, this is really just more of CP mocking him without much call for it.
ArmFarmer- February 6, 2012 at 11:45 am
You don't have the balls...
SeanMcCorkle’sBruisedEgo- February 6, 2012 at 11:34 am
armfarmer >> no you! (don't make me unleash the fury of caps lock)
Mofo- February 6, 2012 at 11:28 am
Xeno - yeh, I read that whole thread on UG back when it was happening, and added my two cents to it. That does not BEGIN to explain this page though. Yes Corkie got pissed at CP, but that does not make this page any less nonsensical. Corkie and his ego still have nothing to do with the discussion of now versus then, Diaz vs Condit. Like I said, it's just gratuitous pot shots that have nothing to do with the main point. Rex is druuuuuuuunk.
ArmFarmer- February 6, 2012 at 11:24 am
I was referring to the comments just as much as the article. This entire thing is a trainwreck... you're a fag
SeanMcCorkle’sBruisedEgo- February 6, 2012 at 11:21 am
Really armfarmer? It took you five hours to come up with a Twilight comparison? That's the most original comeback ever ... not. (PS you're a fag)
ArmFarmer- February 6, 2012 at 11:16 am
So much text on this page and no content whatsoever... it's like looking at a twilight book.
XENOPHON- February 6, 2012 at 11:12 am
You need to go read the UG to know what happened. Don't rely on Danga, he thinks he won some bet, that is not the case here. This mentioned nothing about betting. This article is about people from UG clowning on Cage Potato, its editor, specifically telling Mike Russell that he sucks, he has drug CP down and lost subscribers, and that the old Editor was much better. Hence my reference to Donnie Darko.
Mofo- February 6, 2012 at 11:07 am
But I still can't decipher this matryoshka of irony. Something is happening here, and you don't know what it is, do you, Mr Jones. How's that for a confusing cultural reference?
Mofo- February 6, 2012 at 11:05 am
Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh. It all makes sense now. You two are drunk out of your minds. I get it now! [grabs beer from office fridge]
J. Jones- February 6, 2012 at 11:03 am
Nice one, Rexy. By the way, I enjoyed this. I think you should channel Jack Ketchum next time around.
SeanMcCorkle’sBruisedEgo- February 6, 2012 at 10:59 am
^^^ Ignore him. ^^^^

That's NOT EVEN the real Jon Jones.
J. Jones- February 6, 2012 at 10:55 am
Rex lost a bet to me that forced him to change his user name for a week.
The name I chose was SeanMcCorkle'sBruisedEgo.
ArmFarmer- February 6, 2012 at 10:54 am
lol @mofo and penn.. yes this entire thing from top to bottom is a giant WTF. I didn't catch the boxxy reference.. I'm ashamed I even know who boxxy is.. and I sure as hell wouldn't put her name near anything I wrote. wtf indeed.
Mofo- February 6, 2012 at 10:50 am
And having valid complaints does not make me a "hater".
Mofo- February 6, 2012 at 10:49 am
So if this is Rex, why are you making fun of McCorkle in an article that's about UFC 143/Diaz/Condit? You just feel like taking pot shots at him even when it's unrelated to the topic at hand?
KarmaAteMyCat- February 6, 2012 at 10:48 am
@Intercept; yes he lsot a bet.
KarmaAteMyCat- February 6, 2012 at 10:45 am
Ignore the haters Rex we love you.
Motivated Penn- February 6, 2012 at 10:40 am
What the fuck did I just read?? And is that a Boxxy reference in the tags? GTFO!
intercept440- February 6, 2012 at 10:28 am
hey richy rich. What's with the whole mcorckle thing your doing? you lose a bet or something like seth that time, where he changed his name to that murderer cunt? enquiring minds want to know.
TeilaTuliTooth- February 6, 2012 at 10:28 am
wow... and Cagepotato hits a new low. You've made me ashamed to come here Sir, what's next, Harry Potter fan fiction?
I also completely disagree with the premise. Fights nowadays are far more interesting than early UFC
What a waste of bits and bites. You guys are very lucky if you can make a living pushing out this drivel. I know I know, if i don't like it i shouldn't come. "But I can't quit you, CP"
Mofo- February 6, 2012 at 10:15 am
WTF is going on here? This entire web page made no sense, from the top of my browser to the bottom. Why would Rex impersonate Corkie? Why would Corkie write something on CP at all? And if he did, why would he write something this murky? And then hurl insults at us, when the comments in CP are far more clever than the shit at UG? And this fucking essay is irony dipped in sarcasm dipped in I really don't give a fuck I just fell asleep... zzzzzzzz.