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4/2/12 1:48 AM
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Sean McCorkle
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I was going to respond earlier than this, but I first wanted to get the chance to watch my fight from last night in order to verify that I looked as bad as I thought I did. So I just got the chance to watch it, and I didn't look nearly as bad as I thought. I looked worse. Way, way, worse.

I don't know what the hell that shit was supposed to be, nor do I have any explanation, excuses, theories or anything else. I can promise all you guys, my fans and haters alike, that the next time you see me embarrass myself in an MMA cage, will be the last time. I embarrassed myself in the Struve fight so badly that I thought I could never top it. Last night was worse times ten.

I have absolutely no explanation for my cardio problems. I don't know if it's a physical problem, psychological problem, a diet or a training problem. I do know that I have struggled with cardiovascular endurance my entire athletic career. Even during high school basketball. I can't figure it out. I was coming off back to back training camps when I fought Stefan Struve that had lasted a literal 23 weeks. That's almost 6 months straight 6 days a week of intense cardiovascular training. And I gassed in 90 seconds.

All of that said, I will admit 100% like an idiot, despite Tom Erikson's constant pleading to me to never take any fight for granted, I underestimated Brian Heden. I watched 2 of his fights, looked at who he'd fought and beat/lost to and thought "If I couldn't beat this guy while I was drunk, I need to quit fighting." And I couldn't beat him sober. I came in about 20 lbs heavier than I should have. I resorted to throwing hay makers 2 minutes in, because I was worried about how it would look if I didn't finish him in the first round. I was completely spent halfway through the first.

I'm not going to be like everyone else and make excuses. I have none. All due respect to Brian because he showed up in decent shape, and showed a lot of balls hanging in there when the going got rough in the first round, but he's not on my level, skill wise, athletically, or any other area of MMA except cardio. It doesn't matter how nice or fast your car is, if there's no gas in the tank.

The next time I gas in a fight and lose because of it, I will retire. End of story. I will not continue to embarrass myself, my family, my coaches, my training partners, or the promotion that is paying me to fight ever again. Losing sucks. Losing because you didn't prepare correctly for a fight sucks even more.

I catch a lot of heat from a lot of people on here and twitter who buy into my whole persona. I know that the reason I have so many haters is mostly my fault. I'm OK with that. I once read a book by Eric Bischoff titled "Controversy Creates Cash", and have used a lot of Bischoff's ideas and philosophies to market myself. It has helped me become mildly famous, and gets me paid way better than I should be, so I have no regrets about that. The one thing that does bother me though is that so many fans genuinely seem to hate who they think I am, when that really is not me at all. I'm the nicest guy in the world in real life. Almost too nice. People that really know me can't believe that I fight. They also say they can't believe their eyes or ears when they watch me in interviews. It's like a completely different person. I guess I really wish people understood that it's all supposed to be funny, even when it's not. That I have absolutely no malicious intent behind anything I say. I'm just trying to make you guys laugh.

I don't really know where I go from here. My plan was to fight once a month, every month in 2012 until I racked up so many wins that the UFC couldn't deny me another shot. But that loss last night, pretty much erases my 6 straight wins before that, and now I'm kind of back to square one. Wherever and whenever I decide to fight next, I can promise you that I will be a completely different fighter than what you guys saw last night. If not, you'll never see me again.

I want to thank all my supporters and fans, and even thank the haters I have that are genuinely funny, because I laugh at jokes about me all the time. Funny is funny.

All of that said, I love you bitches on the UG. You guys crack me up.


PS: FRAT
4/2/12 1:52 AM
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ThinkMMA
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Great post man!!!! F__k the haters. Phone Post
4/2/12 1:52 AM
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4/2/12 1:53 AM
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OK.
4/2/12 1:53 AM
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Keep smiling Phone Post
4/2/12 1:54 AM
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Carne de cavalo é o melhor
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Come back stronger. Phone Post
4/2/12 1:55 AM
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Yelm
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 Keep your chin up (except when you fight).  You still have a lot of fans!  Tough break on the cardio thing.  I know a lot of guys who train their asses off and still can't help but gas quickly come fight time.

If this fighting thing doesn't work out you can just do book summaries.  I would pay for that.
4/2/12 1:56 AM
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Neil McCauley
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that failed back attempt cost you, you also had him finished at the end of the first round with punches but you decided to grapple with him when there was 45 seconds left on the clock. Even in terrible condition, you had him. Would like to see a rematch.
4/2/12 1:57 AM
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Great post. Good luck with the future. Phone Post
4/2/12 1:57 AM
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Devereaux
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Cut your losses man. Find something else to do. It's time to move on.
4/2/12 1:58 AM
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Sean McCorkle - ... Wherever and whenever I decide to fight next, I can promise you that I will be a completely different fighter than what you guys saw last night. If not, you'll never see me again. ...


Will you be appearing in a wrassling mask?
4/2/12 1:58 AM
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I also wanted to add that last week I got the chance to hang out with both Don Frye and Cody McKenzie for the first time. They are probably the most hilarious and awesome guys I've met in the entire MMA world, this side of Bas Rutten.

I was also very proud of Drew Fickett for the way he performed last night despite a hellish weight cut.

I was extremely happy for Karo Parisyan to get back on the winning track, and at the same time very sad for Thomas Denny that he lost the fight. They are both cool as hell.

I also wanted to thank the WMMA for having me on their card. I hope to God they continue to promote shows, and are able to be successful doing it. Fighting for a promotion like that is almost too good to be true. I'm really hoping they're able to make a strong run at it. They seem to have all of their ducks in a row, and they spare no expense in catering to the fighters, or putting on a first class production.
4/2/12 1:59 AM
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Cool that you owned it, hope to see in the UFC again Phone Post
4/2/12 2:00 AM
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Get some Cardio, Sean.
You should go hang out with Nick Diaz
4/2/12 2:00 AM
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Sean McCorkle
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Devereaux - Cut your losses man. Find something else to do. It's time to move on.


I have no doubt that is your philosophy in life, which explains why you are, where you are
4/2/12 2:01 AM
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 Sean-

You are good for MMA, period.  I was genuinely shocked to see you lose last night because I saw you fight locally here in Miami and I was very impressed.  I think you're a talented guy.  You're also funny, goodlooking and smart (which doesn't hurt).  Don't let one bad fight define you or make you rethink your career.  You have plenty of fans who will always pay to see you fight as long as we know your heart's in it.  Keep training and come back stronger and with more endurance than ever!

mmavixen (and her husband)

P.S. It was an exciting fight, and had he slipped off your back there would have been a different outcome.  Keep your head up brother!
4/2/12 2:03 AM
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Sean, you're going to be alright man. If you win 2 or 3 in a row after this loss, I'm sure you'd be back on Zuffa's radar. There have been a bunch of fighters to win 4 out of 5, 5 out of 6 and get back into the UFC. Here's something extremely positive that even your haters can't deny, you are the only man to hand Mark Hunt a loss in the UFC. That's incredibly impressive considering how good Hunt has looked in his last few fights. You'll be back man, good luck in your future fights.
4/2/12 2:04 AM
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mmavixen -  Sean-

You are good for MMA, period.  I was genuinely shocked to see you lose last night because I saw you fight locally here in Miami and I was very impressed.  I think you're a talented guy.  You're also funny, goodlooking and smart (which doesn't hurt).  Don't let one bad fight define you or make you rethink your career.  You have plenty of fans who will always pay to see you fight as long as we know your heart's in it.  Keep training and come back stronger and with more endurance than ever!

mmavixen (and her husband)

P.S. It was an exciting fight, and had he slipped off your back there would have been a different outcome.  Keep your head up brother!


Thanks a lot
4/2/12 2:05 AM
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IBProfane - Sean, you're going to be alright man. If you win 2 or 3 in a row after this loss, I'm sure you'd be back on Zuffa's radar. Here's something extremely positive that even your haters can't deny, you are the only man to hand Mark Hunt a loss in the UFC. That's incredibly impressive considering how good Hunt has looked in his last few fights. You'll be back man, good luck in your future fights.


Yes I am. AND DON'T YOU GUYS EVER FORGET IT!!!
4/2/12 2:05 AM
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Overtraining ?
Maybe during long and taxing training camps you should do tests that would measure your cardio performance so you would know for a fact if the current training is improving it, keeping it steady or actually making it worse.
4/2/12 2:11 AM
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Classy post, Corkle. Use this loss as a reason to improve, and keep trying to get as many fights as you can. You've got the tools to make it back to the big show, you just need to figure out the cardio issues and put it all together. Phone Post
4/2/12 2:13 AM
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Frat.. April fools. I'm gonna read it. Just not til tomorrow when I have time. Phone Post
4/2/12 2:15 AM
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Dude, you need to go harder than you ever have in training. That's all I can say, push yourself past the point of exhaustion when you train, until you feel like you're going to die. And work with a new boxing coach and get some good sparring in, make SURE that you can go at least 3 rounds before even feeling a hint of tiredness.

I know I don't have to tell you this, but come on you can do it dude. Btw it would be great if you could actually record some bits at your next training camp, I'm sure everyone would be interested. Phone Post
4/2/12 2:15 AM
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As a part time (only partially serious) hater, hope you bounce back from the loss and figure out how to make it come together next time,or times, up to bat. Can't help but respect anyone who publicly puts themselves on the line, let alone in a sport like MMA. And mire so show up on a Internet forum where anonymous jack offs like me can arm chair your performance.

Okay, once in awhile you can be funny as well. Cheers. Phone Post
4/2/12 2:15 AM
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Usually when a fighter brings the "I'm not going to make excuses" bit, it is followed by horrible excuses. Respect for not doing that.

Please don't retire and just keep trying. You have a kink in the armor and I don't have the answers but I'm confident you'll figure it out if you keep on. I enjoy watching you fight and think how much better you are going to be WHEN you beat this.

Always a fan.

PS-Devereaux, stop typing. Urine idiot.
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