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UFC 124 Aftermath, Part II: Seriously, Nobody was More Surprised than Mac Danzig

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Mac Danzig came to the cage at UFC 124 bumping the Misfits – Ironic? Or just apropos? Hard to say – and looking like his face had aged a decade since the last time we saw him. Maybe it was just the new haircut or maybe the stresses of losing four of his last five while maintaining a sustainable and socially conscious lifestyle were finally getting to him. In any case, the most disappointing “TUF” champion this side of Kendall Grove bought his UFC career some bonus time on Saturday night, stupefying Joe Stevenson with a backpedalling left hook straight to the off switch just under two minutes into the first round. In the immediate aftermath, nobody looked more shocked that Danzig, who ran around the cage showing off the kind of genuine outpouring of emotion we’re not used to seeing from progressive yet earnestly straight-laced vegans.  

He’d pulled himself together by the time Joe Rogan tracked him down, claiming the knockout came via good old-fashioned videotape analysis of Stevenson’s striking attack. Danzig also credited the win to the fact that he’d “finally learned” how to throw his left hook with power. It’s always a little weird when a guy who’s been a pro-fighter for, oh, nine years says something like that. Anyway, we’re happy for the kid and, suffice it to say, there were some legitimate surprises on last night’s supporting card.

In the evening’s “co-main event” (to use the term in the absolute loosest possible way), the world’s tallest 14-year-old beat up the world’s toughest dude named “Corky.” Just looking at Stefan Struve, it’s easy to imagine him slamming the door to his basement bedroom and peevishly yelling, “I’ll be up in a minute, mom! I have to finish training for mixed martial arts!” Anyway, whatever he’s doing it’s working. Struve weathered Sean McCorkle’s best chance of winning on Saturday night after the 6-foot-7 trash talk machine took him down in the early going. Struve managed to avoid absorbing the kind of punishment we’re used to seeing from him, swept into top position and quickly stopped McCorkle via strikes. Good win for a dude we’re 100 percent certain is using his older brother’s fake ID to convince Joe Silva to let him fight.

For McCorkle, not such great results. The fact that he had Struve exactly where he wanted him and still lost probably doesn’t presage great things for his UFC career. Still, it’s just his first career loss. Couple that with his motormouth (dude has quickly established himself as one of the best talkers in the sport) and you figure the UFC will keep him around at least a little while longer.

As a completely unrelated aside, it appears McCorkle used some of his winnings from the Mark Hunt fight to finally get the tattoo of his ex-wife’s name across his right pectoral covered up … with a giant iron eagle that looks real, uh, Nazi-ish. Gotta call that a push in the bad tattoo department.

In the evening’s other relevant action, Thiago Alves made the most of his get-back fight against John Howard and then called out Jake Shields during his backstage postfight interview. Too bad Dana White says Shields still has dibs on Georges St. Pierre.

Also, we knew Jim Miller had a good shot to sidetrack the skyrocketing career of Charles Oliveira, but we didn’t think it’d come via kneebar. Miller staved off Oliveira’s ridiculously active submission attack before dropping back to nab one of his legs in pretty impressive fashion. It’s high time Miller gets recognized as one of the top fighters at 155-pounds … though he likely needs one or two more wins against A-list competition before the company throws him into a five-rounder.

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Komodo- December 13, 2010 at 11:54 pm
Stoked for Danzig. Been wanting to see him get one of those and this could be just the reboot he needed.
TheHuytonHandGrenade- December 13, 2010 at 8:03 am
Struve vs Mir sounds good winner would be a contender seen as Roy Nelson gone for a while and there doesnt seem to be anybody else about!
DazedNConfused- December 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm
I don't know how old this is buttt:

Pro MMA fighter Sean McCorkle caused controversy with his recent comments towards Kimbo Slice. McCorkle said “If Kimbo Slice were white, you'd have never heard of him. In fact, if Kimbo looked like Fedor he wouldn't even be headlining local shows, let alone Showtime. Kimbo is not a bad fighter. He's just not a top 50 heavyweight. His popularity comes from the same suburban white kids who want to be black because they somehow equate being black with being tough.”

McCorkle continued “These are the wiggers who have spinning rims on their cars, have gold teeth in their mouths, and actually put effort into talking to sound black. You even have guys like Mayhem on his nuts which absolutely amazes me. I guess it shouldn't since Mayhem is walking around with a "grill" in his mouth, but if anything, Kimbo should be sucking Mahem's dick. Put Kimbo in right now with a top 10 heavyweight and it doesn't last 2 minutes. Period.”

He may have a point (somewhat, although race didn't need to be added into the convo), and may be 1/4 Jewish, buuut that doesn't mean he can't be a little racist against people of color right? haha.
Meaot- December 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm
Um, so McCorkle's a quarter Jewish and doesn't realize his newest tat is creepily similar to the Reichsadler? I guess next he's gonna get a tat across his abs letting us all know the size of his dick... Has this dude not had a chance to see the latest from Ken Burns?
newdeal- December 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm
If riddle only would have been 1" closer to his opponent at all times during that fight he would have lit him up. As it was it reminded me of the simp sons episode where homer starts chomping in the air and if the pie happens to get in his way then so be it. Just like riddle with his punches
rearnakedchickenchoke- December 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm
I have supported Mac Danzig and Matt Riddle, but both of their new hair styles are so ridiculously emo-looking that I have no choice but to scratch them off my list. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch Twilight for the 23rd time.
maclaren- December 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm
Calling it right here:

Struve vs Mir
Cup Cheick- December 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Gotta agree I thought the Riddle vs Pierson fight was very entertaining.
Cup Cheick- December 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Gotta agree I thought the Riddle vs Peirson fight was very entertaining.
DazedNConfused- December 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm

It was a solid fight. Not the most technical, but good.
DARKHORSE06- December 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm
Last nights card was pretty good BUT far from epic.

Billing Struve v McCorkle as the co-main event was pathetic. They should have not had a co-main event. McCorkle's ass crack came up to nearly the middle of his back and that crinkled gut of his was disgusting. AND he fucking sucked.

McCorkle and that dude that knocked out Todd Duffee should reproduce and have a fat, wrinkled, pear shaped, big titted boy.

I missed the Fight of the Night prlim fight. Does anyone know where I can watch it?

Get Off Me- December 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Miller v. Cerrone
Alves v. Condit is a good idea from the grenade
Struve v. Mitrione
Danzig v. winner of Varner/Roller

Really great card last night, the place was wild and although it fell into the Epic Fail column, someone tried to get to Koscheck on his way to the Octagon.

Best leg kicks= Edson Barboza

64SQUARES- December 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm
@Vovchanchyn Check

There is no such thing as a quarter Jewish....your either Jewish or not Jewish. Lets say he is a "quarter Jewish", to put a tat like that on his chest makes him an even bigger tool.
ghostboner- December 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm
Dam I wish Dana would give Thiago that fight against Shielzzz. Make Thiago prove he can stop a blanket if he wants another shot at the title.
danomite- December 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm
you gotta at least say what it is you don't like about the articles or else how are they gonna know what to fix?

I'm not going to wait for armchair matchmaker to come out. I just thought of a fight I want to see and I'll forget it if I don't mention it now. Joe Daddy vs. Cody McKenzie to see who is the true master of the flying guillotine.
Travis.Logan- December 12, 2010 at 11:56 am
Man Im having a hard time finding articles I like anymore on Cagepotato, and sifting through the comments section leaves you with a 2 out of 10 ratio of valid and completely ridiculous opinions. I may need to find a new form mediocre mixed martials arts coverage.

PS:After the amazing Aftermath Part I, Part II has sealed the deal. Cagepotato and potato nation STEP YOUR GAME UP. youve been put on notice.
TheHuytonHandGrenade- December 12, 2010 at 11:52 am
Alves should fight Condit next be a good fight for both guys Struve vs Lesnar would be nice also Bocek calling out George Soto not a fuckin chance Jim Miller vs George would be good winner gets title shot after benderson. GSP what can you do with that guy he will eat Jake Shields and any other motherfucker in the welterweight division hes gotta move up to Middleweight right?
scrapsallday- December 12, 2010 at 11:35 am
i also counted miller time out and then looked like a retard n the bar lol
ill shake it off i guess
should have known since his mustache was as leathal as his top game last night
scrapsallday- December 12, 2010 at 11:32 am
"Lentil mash and tofu-rhubarb scramble for everybody"
best caption in so long
i wish there was a pic of danzigs face as soon as he seen joe hit the floor
props to struve and Alves as well
Alves fight was my favorite dude has best leg kicks in MMA
Anhonestmoose- December 12, 2010 at 11:16 am
Wow CP, really bringing out your A-game this Sunday. Great article, I was laughing for most of it.
DazedNConfused- December 12, 2010 at 11:01 am
that caption sums up Danzig's life. Too funny.
Kimbos Bread- December 12, 2010 at 10:54 am
I'm happy for Danzig, but he has one of the most awkward personalities I have ever seen.
Vovchanchyn Check- December 12, 2010 at 10:50 am
in an interview with helwani, mccorkle says he's a quarter Jewish, so I'd chill on the nazi talk.
MorningwoodII- December 12, 2010 at 10:27 am
Corkle has a gooch for a belly. And Struve should fight Lesnar next!
DazedNConfused- December 12, 2010 at 10:21 am
Was that a Nazi tattoo? me and my friends couldn't figure it out. Looked a bit odd that's for sure. Either way the guys a fuckin' loser and that was a rough co-main event. Struve all the way.