Another super-fight, up in smoke. Chicago’s MMA informs us that War Machine‘s post-prison return fight against Gideon Ray has been scratched from the main event of Chicago Cagefighting Championship 4 (October 15th; Villa Park, IL). From a press-release sent out by the promoter:
Over the weekend Gideon informed Chicago Cagefighting that he had suffered an injury to his hand and would not be able to compete. To compound problems, War Machine suffered a cut to his chin during training and is not able to train for at least a week. When a suitable replacement for Gideon could not be found, we made a tough decision. With only three weeks to the event we were forced to cancel the entire bout.
In our continuing effort to bring the best possible show to our fans, CCC was able to sign Sean “Big Sexy” McCorkle. Sean has a pedigree as big as the cage and his only 2 losses came in the UFC. Sean is looking to get back to the top and felt that a win in the “Windy City” would help get him there. “Big Sexy” will be taking on Justin “The Griz” Grizzard. This will be CCC’s first Super Heavyweight fight and we know the fans will certainly get their monies worth.
According to MixedMartialArts.com, Grizzard is a 7-13 jobber from Omaha who’s listed at 230 pounds, making this more of an open-weight squash-match than a super-heavyweight fight. Since his release from the UFC, McCorkle has picked up a pair of first-round submission victories in regional promotions; one of his opponents even had a winning record. (The other one definitely didn’t.) Good luck to Big Sexy — not that he’ll need it — and condolences to the Chicago-area MMA fans who wanted to be the first to throw cups of beer at War Machine.