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Sean McCorkle Says He’s ‘Like Kimbo Slice, Except Without the Fighting Part’

(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 … ”

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fatbellyfrank- September 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm
I wish this was on the main card, I wanna see that Maori warrior bring it to the UFC
noname- September 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Curtain jerker is a pro wrestling term meaning the opening match on the card.
cecils_pupils- September 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm
@glassjawsh - Baby Ruuuuth??
Clyde- September 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Flying triangle at 3:42 in the 1st eh... I'll take a piece of that action. Money in the bank.
ihateemo- September 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm
I love how deadpan he is about his ex-wife. The joys of divorce.
BryanF- September 23, 2010 at 11:54 am
Haha! "I Made It" by Cash Money is his entrance song. I salute you sir! Birdman! BrRRRrrrrrRRRRR!

I'm totally saying that next time I fight somebody: "The last thing they wanna do is stand and trade with me! Why? Because I don't wanna get beat up..."
glassjawsh- September 23, 2010 at 11:16 am
anyone else think of sloth from the goonies when they watched that?
RwilsonR- September 23, 2010 at 11:15 am
This fight coud either be out-of-shape super-heayweights grabbing onto each other's excess skin for 15 minutes, or it could be a KO in under 3 minutes. If it is the latter, I think we'll get to see it televised.
Hank Mardukis- September 23, 2010 at 11:13 am
Hunt via Ass Drop to the dome
CAP10- September 23, 2010 at 11:08 am
I'm a disappointed that this fight is in the dark portion of the card. I have to imagine that there's a really good chance that this match will end up as a three minute time filler between bouts in the main PPV broadcast.
Fedor Penn- September 23, 2010 at 11:00 am
Yeah this guy is awesome!
Hank Mardukis- September 23, 2010 at 10:50 am
He masturbates behind a curtain? Idk...
omunto- September 23, 2010 at 10:49 am
RwilsonR- September 23, 2010 at 10:40 am
I always thought McCorkle had way too much time on his hands on the UG, but he seems like a pretty cool dude in person. Helwani has some strange phrases, though - 'curtain jerker'?