Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Sean McCorkle (16-2) has been booked to take on Brian Heden (17-10) as the featured bout for the debut event for the Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts (WMMA) promotion.
McCorkle, who is currently on a six-fight winning streak in which he stopped all of his opponents by submission, was cut from the UFC after going 1-2 and ending on back-to-back losses to Christian Morecraft and Stefan Struve. By contrast, Heden is just 2-3 in his past five bouts and has faced (and lost to) Brett Rogers, Dan Severn and Ron Humphrey during his career.
From today's release:
According to William McFarlane, President of WMMA, "The super heavyweight clash between McCorkle and Heden is sure to bring fireworks to El Paso as well as leave fans watching at home wanting more. By having two veterans of the sport at the top of this card benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program, it highlights our commitment to quality competition, respect for the sport, and promise to the local community and our real heroes."
"On March 31, 2012, my winning streak will be six," stated McCorkle. "There is no way I am losing this fight. I am walking out of the Don Haskins Center considered one of the top super heavyweights in the world, and if I have to dominate Brian to do it, so be it."
The pay-per-view (PPV) event goes down on March 31, 2012, LIVE from the Don Haskins Centre in El Paso, Texas.
The card also features a slew of former UFC, Strikeforce, Elite XC and King Of The Cage (KOTC) veterans to bolster the line-up, including Thomas Denny vs. Karo Parisyan, Lyle Beerbohm vs. Derrick Noble and Drew Fickett vs. Kevin Knabijan.
The undercard features an intriguing heavyweight tilt between Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10: Heavyweight contestant Darrill Schoonover vs. heavy-handed Paul Buentello. The cost of the show has not been disclosed but the PPV card will be available on the Armed Forces Network (AFN).
More details on this upcoming fight card as they become available.