EXCLUSIVE | Ian McCall Discusses UFC 163 ‘FON’ Win, His Place In Flyweight Division & More | BJPENN.COM RADIO
| BJPenn.com Radio hosted another spectacular show this week as they invited on several big MMA names, one of which was a Fight of the Night winner at last weekend’s UFC 163 event in Brazil. UFC flyweight contender Ian McCall talked with our boys Pedro Carrasco and George Mathews about his first UFC victory, the broken hand he suffered in that fight, and what he wants next in his UFC title hunt. Here are some of the highlights from Ian McCall’s interview on BJPenn.com Radio:
Ian was first asked to talk about what the difference was in his Fight of the Night victory as opposed to his first three UFC fights, in which he went 0-2-1. McCall attributed many outside factors to his lackluster performances in his first few UFC fights but also didn’t want to make any excuses for his losses.
“I just had a lot of stuff going on in my life that I let it affect my performances. I wasn’t able to show the world how good I really was,” McCall explained. “I still haven’t shown my full potential and it’s gonna take time.”
McCall discussed the rough marriage he was going through during the span of his losses and draw and touched on how that heavily affected his performances inside the cage during his first couple of fights for the UFC. He went on to say, “It’s my fault for putting those things around me.”
McCall also touched on what he felt he still needed to improve on based on his victory over Santos at UFC 163.
“My wrestling timing was a little off, you know? He’s the strongest, physically strongest, flyweight I’ve ever felt. That guy was monkey strong. He was crazy strong, and I’ve been the biggest flyweight in division so far, I think, and by far the strongest. Definitely stronger than Demetrious, definitely stronger than Joe, but that guy was a beast. I think I got a little over-zealous on the feet, you know? I let him take me down, granted I did more damage from my back than he did from the top. I kind of showed a little of my ground and pound but, you know, I feel like my ground and pound is one of the best in the world and, you know, I don’t have a black-belt but I showed that I can fight off of my back, I can get up, I can hit you off my back…I didn’t really go for any submissions but I think if I would have focused more on getting him down I think I could have been able to finish the fight. There’s just a few things I need to watch and, you know, I’ll always be my biggest critic.”
He was then asked if he felt he was getting close to another title fight against Demetrious Johnson or a rematch with top-contender Joe Benavidez. McCall replied, “Yeah, eventually. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve earned the fight with DJ, obviously. I’m just looking to earn it. I know I’m at least two or three fights out from a title shot.”
When talking about what he really wants for his next fight he stated,
“I’d like to fight Louis Gaudinot. He’s a name, he thinks he’s better than he is, you know? I think it’s an easy fight for me. I think I will just completely smash him.”
He explained that Gaudinot has some good boxing and standup but is lacking skills on the ground and also stated, “His hair sucks. His hair really offends me. Just for some reason something about him offends me, and you know what, he’s a pretty nice guy. We’ve shaken hands and stuff but something about him just bothers me. I don’t know if it’s the fact that he’s from Jersey but something about him just bugs me and I want to punch him in the face. I want to put his lights out. So that would be nice. I know he’s fighting later this month. You know me, man; I’ll fight anybody. I really don’t care.”
He then commented on the injury he sustained in his win over Santos at UFC 163 last weekend.
“My hand is broken,” he explained. “I’m in Aspen. I go see a hand specialist tomorrow (August 8th) to hopefully get it figured out or reset…I don’t think I’ll need surgery. But once that gets fixed, I’m gonna stay in shape.”
He explained how it happened in the fight after he threw a looping hook on Santos early in the bout.
“[Santos] kind of went into it and he has a coconut for a head, and I wasn’t able to turn the hand over,” McCall explained. “I kind of hit the inside of my hand super hard on him.”
“I felt it pop,” he continued,” but I obviously kept punching with it.”
“It didn’t affect my performance.”
He was also asked how the acclimation and the fans in Brazil were heading into UFC 163.
“Everything worked out. Everything was good,” he said.“It didn’t really affect me at all. I had a good time.”
“I was the only non-Brazilian that didn’t get booed at weigh-ins,” he continued, “I definitely go out of my way to show them my respect.”
Pedro Carrasco then asked McCall about his position as ‘the face’ of the flyweight division and he asked him if it came naturally to him.
“It does come natural and I see that our Champion lacks it. He’s a nice guy. Demetrious is a hell of an athlete, he trains his butt off, he’s an incredibly nice person, he’s just socially awkward. He’s getting better. He’s a nerd. He doesn’t seem to go out of his way for the fans. He’s just strictly business, and that’s not me. I like the attention, for one. I love the attention,” he explained, “the fans are the ones that put the shirt on your back.”
“I go out of my way to be the face because I know I should be Champion. I haven’t lived up to my expectations yet but one day I will be Champion and I’m going to make sure that when I am I’m going to be a legend of this sport.”
Ian then talked again about the broken hand, what he expects from recovery and what he wants next in his UFC career.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to make it heal as fast as possible and then hopefully be fighting in October, November. That would be a realistic projection for me.”
“If I can fight twice before the end of the year,” he explained, “the more I fight the faster I get to my title and obviously the more money I make.”
We would like to thank Ian McCall for joining us here on BJPenn.com Radio and we wish him a very speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in action very soon.