It’s rare that Sean McCorkle is at a size disadvantage

It's Rare That Sean McCorkle Is At A Size DisadvantageDespite fighting the bulk of his 10-fight career at super heavyweight, the six-foot, seven-inch, 265-pound McCorkle, rarely has had to look up at an opponent. In fact, his past two wins are over Mark Hunt, who stands five foot, 10 inches and Johnathan Ivey, who would barely tower over most welterweights at five foot, nine inches.

That’s all about to change this weekend at UFC 124, when ‘Big Sexy’ takes on six-foot, 11-inch, 250-pound Dutch sensation Stefan Struve. But that hasn’t stopped the always brash and dramatic McCorkle from talking his usual trash before the fight. The gigantic 34-year-old has taken to Twitter, popular MMA forum The Underground, and even radio shows to sell his co-main event bout with Struve.

Among McCorkle’s virtual jabs have been insults directed at Struve’s nationality, calling him a “dirty communist”, his skill in the octagon, saying Struve is a “2nd tier heavyweight” and multiple jokes questioning Struve’s sexuality.

None of the wisecracks will matter, however, when the two twin towers step into the cage against each other as the penultimate match at the pay per view this weekend. McCorkle, who has an unblemished record at 10-0 has mostly fought in the Indiana-based Legends of Fighting organization and made his UFC debut at UFC 119 in front of his hometown against former K-1 and PRIDE star Mark Hunt. The match went much like most of Hunt’s previous 11 contests had, with Hunt tapping out to an armlock. McCorkle locked on a straight armbar from the bottom after pulling guard on the Australian, and it was only a matter of time before Hunt submitted. With Hunt’s long-term struggles (he hasn’t won a fight since beating Tsuyoshi Kosaka in 2006) it’s hard to consider a victory over him impressive.

At 22 years old, Struve has already compiled a hefty resume, including four victories in the octagon. Overall, he is 20-4, with two of his losses coming in the UFC to top heavyweight contenders Junior Dos Santos and Roy Nelson. His striking is crisp, but is lacking in the power department at times, and he’s always dangerous on the ground simply because of his length. His long arms and legs allow him to catch guys when they would normally be safe from shorter foes. However, that length also leaves his limbs vulnerable to the submission game.

The fight comes down to who performs in the cage better, not who talks the bigger game. McCorkle may have already won the trash-talking battle by default, but he hasn’t had to deal with someone inside of the octagon who combines the skill and athleticism that Struve does. Most of his previous opponents were hulking, slow super heavyweights who didn’t have the capacity to keep up with McCorkle. Even fighting at a slimmed-down heavyweight, he has fought two plodding opponents in Ivey and Hunt, two fighters who both sport losing records.

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It's Rare That Sean McCorkle Is At A Size Disadvantage
It's Rare That Sean McCorkle Is At A Size Disadvantage

It's Rare That Sean McCorkle Is At A Size Disadvantage

It's Rare That Sean McCorkle Is At A Size Disadvantage

10 Responses to It’s rare that Sean McCorkle is at a size disadvantage

  1. champ says:

    while hes at a height advantage, he makes up for it with his mouth

  2. David says:

    This article is very fwap-worthy.

  3. Vern Schillinger says:

    This man better not be a [racial slur deleted].

  4. Fred says:

    This article was terrible
    Fire this man

  5. [...] Analysis of McCorkle/Struve Just a quick rundown of the co-main event for tomorrow… It’s rare that Sean McCorkle is at a size disadvantage :MMAValor [...]

  6. champ says:

    haters gonna hate

  7. Jeff Sherwood says:

    Mr. Norton, how would you like to have a job with us?

  8. Ghost says:

    Mr. Norton, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  9. Jeff Sherwood says:

    You want Foster’s job?

  10. It's rare that Sean McCorkle is at a size disadvantage :MMAValor…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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