Young UFC heavyweight fighter Stefan Struve will be looking to make it two in a row when he takes on The Underground’s own Sean McCorkle early next month at UFC 124.
Struve and McCorkle have engaged in an online feud during the lead-up to the bout through McCorkle’s preferred medium of The Underground, a famed mixed martial arts message board. Speaking with MMAJunkie.com recently, Struve explained why he abandoned his normal “low profile” approach to promotion and joined in on the war of words.
“Because he was talking all this [expletive], I was like, ‘We can do something with it,'” said Struve. “But not too much because I don’t want it to distract from training.”
The 22-year old, 6’11” Dutchman told MMAJunkie that he believes McCorkle is using the internet as a tool to promote himself since he could not do it on the strength of his fights alone.
“He’s doing it to get some attention,” Struve said. “In my opinion, he’s only in the UFC because he got attention for himself on the Internet. His fights weren’t that impressive in my opinion.”
“Skyscraper” explained that he will not be engaging in trash talking matches with opponents very often, as he prefers to make his name and his career by becoming a more skilled and versatile competitor.
“I don’t think I can advance my career much by talking trash,” he said. “I think I can advance my career by improving my skill set and being a better fighter. I’m 22, so I’ve got a lot of improvement to do – getting bigger, getting stronger and (improving) my ground game and standup. That’s the way you become a champion – not by trash talking.”
Struve and McCorkle will meet in the cage at UFC 124: St. Pierre vs. Koscheck 2, which will be going down December 11th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.