A heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve
and Sean McCorkle
is in the works for UFC 124
Sources with knowledge of the fight confirmed to MMA Fighting that a match between two of the tallest fighters in the promotion's history has been agreed to. Additionally, MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has confirmed with sources close to the promotion that the bout will take place.
UFC 124 will be the promotion's 24th and final card of 2010 – its busiest year ever – and will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the second UFC pay-per-view there this year. The main event will feature a welterweight title fight between champion Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck, opposing coaches on the current 12th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
The 6-foot-11 Struve (20-4, 4-2 UFC), a native of the Netherlands, is coming off a knockout win over UFC newcomer Christian Morecraft at UFC 117 in August. That win earned him Knockout of the Night honors. In March, he had a three-fight winning streak snapped by TKO just 39 seconds into the first round against Roy Nelson, winner of Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter."
McCorkle (10-0, 1-0 UFC), no slouch himself in the height department at 6-7, is coming off an upset win over K-1 and Pride veteran Mark Hunt at UFC 119 in Indianapolis last month. It was McCorkle's UFC debut, and it came in his home city of Indianapolis. As the first fight on the card, McCorkle got a one of the night's biggest ovations before submitting Hunt with an armbar just 1:03 into the fight.
A former super-heavyweight whose opponents had a combined record of 68-87 going into his fight against Hunt, McCorkle had to cut from 320 pounds to make the 265-pound heavyweight limit. He weighed in at 263. McCorkle regularly trains with fellow UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione, former Pride fighter and Purdue assistant wrestling coach Tom Erikson, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and UFC welterweight Chris Lytle.