MMA Quick Quote: Sean McCorkle 'embarrassed himself' after underestimating Brian Heden

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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."

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Sean McCorkle resurfaces on The Underground to take his lumps after what he calls an "embarrassing" performance last Saturday night at the Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts (WMMA) event from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. "Big Sexy," who was on a six-fight win streak since his ZUFFA release, was worn down by the leg-kick attack of Brian Heden, who took advantage of McCorkle's suspect cardio en route to a technical knockout victory in round two. Corky promises to come back and redeem himself in his next fight -- and retire if he can't. Time will tell. For more on his most recent fight and to see how the rest of the WMMA card unfolded click here.

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