(VidProps: YouTube/Ariel Helwani)
As we found out on a recent episode of The Bum Rush, UFC rookie and Indianapolis local Sean McCorkle understands at least one constant in life: Nobody likes an angry giant. When you’re as physically imposing as McCorkle – he’s 6-foot-7 and says he started his “living nightmare” weight cut for UFC 119 at around 320-pounds – you basically have no choice but to be jolly. It’s just the more socially acceptable thing to do. As McCorkle reaffirms in this video interview with Ariel Helwani, the big fella’s got jokes, alright.
McCorkle is so legitimately amusing here that he doesn’t even break out his best material until the six-minute mark, when he starts talking about his bitch of an ex-wife. He claims he never considered fighting anything more than a hobby until said bitch “pretty much took all his money” in a divorce about a year and a half ago. Since then it’s been full speed ahead, running his professional record to 9-0 before being tabbed as the guy to welcome Pride veteran Mark Hunt to his contractually-obligated Octagon debut on Saturday.
“Boy, does your ex-wife feel stupid now,” Helwani says.
“She felt stupid to me before,” McCorkle deadpans. Hi-yo!
Still, since McCorkle achieved his notoriety through posting funny messages on the Internet — which is where the Kimbo reference comes in — while Hunt did it by famously notching wins over dudes like Mirko CroCop and Wanderlei Silva, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out which guy is the underdog here.
“I guess that’s probably the difference in our career paths,” McCorkle says. “He’s obviously fought the best of the best … and I’ve fought maybe the worst of the worst, at least the worst locally. But I also made it to the UFC, so somebody was doing something right along the way … Maybe he’s the worst of the best and I’m the best of the worst.”
Seriously, watch the vid. It’s gold.
McCorkle vs. Hunt is scheduled to be the first preliminary fight at UFC 119 and if you stay tuned for this week’s episode of The Bum Rush podcast – and, c’mon, you know you’re going to – you’ll hear that both Mike and Ben are a little ticked off about that, for some reason. To hear McCorkle tell it however, he’s totally cool with being in what Helwani calls the evening’s “curtain-jerker.”
“I like knowing what time I’m going to fight," he says. "I know when to get warmed up and I can actually sleep right up until an hour or two before the fight, instead of sitting there and thinking about it for six hours like, ‘God, please don’t let me get beat up in front of my family.’ That’s typically what I think right before I fight, especially by this guy. I guess there would be no shame in losing to Mark Hunt for most people, but I don’t like losing to anybody. I’d be heartbroken if Brock beat me.
“I’ve never been called a curtain-jerker before,” McCorkle says at one point. “Not since Boy Scouts, anyway.”
After taking a second to think about it, he adds: “That’s a gay reference. I don’t know … ”