Exclusive| UFC 156’s Ian McCall: “I Want to Hurt People”
Before the dynamic fighters of the flyweight division were showcasing their supersonic speed and freakish athleticism on the main stage of the UFC, “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall was reigning over the weight class with an iron fist and a handlebar mustache. Nobody but passionate hardcore fans knew it but you couldn’t find a 125-pound fighter in existence at the time that could hold a candle to the Team Oyama standout.
When the UFC decided to establish a flyweight division of their own, they signed McCall right away to compete in their four-man tournament to determine the inaugural champion of the new category. In his Octagon debut, “Uncle Creepy” fought to a draw against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in a very exciting albeit controversial bout that was robbed of a sudden victory round. McCall was then defeated via unanimous decision by Johnson who would then go on to beat perennial bantamweight contender Joseph Benavidez and claim the UFC first 125-lbs title.
As great as Johnson is, we have yet to see the true form of McCall in the Octagon. Every human being battles personal life struggles at some point and—not to use this an excuse— it hit McCall hard when he signed that UFC contract. However, personal hardships aside, McCall is hungrier than ever to get his top spot back in the division. McCall meets Benavidez in a top contender bout at UFC 156 and is feeling like an absolute monster as the fight nears.
“I haven’t felt this good in a long time. This is the best I’ve felt since coming into the UFC. For some reason once I got here I was completely unfocused. I’m surrounded by drama all day everyday and I guess that’s how I live my life for some stupid reason,” McCall told BJPenn.com Radio.
“A lot of personal annoying stuff happened when I was out in Australia [for my UFC debut] and I’m still going through a lot of personal stuff right now. I’m separated from my wife and we’re probably getting a divorce but it happens so whatever.”
A victory over Benavidez would put “Uncle Creepy” right back in the mix for a title shot. A former WEC bantamweight title contender, Benavidez has only tasted defeat to current champions Johnson and Dominick Cruz. He has never been finished in his professional MMA career but McCall is confident he will be the first to stop him in his tracks.
“I’m waking up at 138-139 lbs and I’ve been killing it in the gym. Today I went 10-5 minute rounds and I’m back to being me again and fighting like me. I’ve got my footwork back, I’ve got my speed back and I’ve got more power. I’m really happy, even with all the crap going on in my life, I really can’t complain,” McCall said.
“I think my speed is definitely going to be a big advantage over Joseph. If you look at what Demetrious did to Joseph, I think I can do the same exact thing but I think I’m a lot more violent and powerful than Demetrious. I think I can get a knockout and finish this fight.”
McCall has stated in recent interviews that he is not at all happy with his career at this point in time. The fact that he was the best flyweight in the world two years ago does nothing to satisfy him. That was then and now he’s 0-1-1 in the biggest MMA organization in the world. This is a very hungry, very dangerous McCall and he is determined to scare people when he steps into the Octagon with Benavidez.
“I want to hurt people. I want to be feared and I think me completely destroying Joseph will do that and other people will fear me. I get off on this stuff, not in a weird sexual way, but I get a strange high off of my job,” McCall said.
“Some guys look at MMA as a sport, some guys look at in different perspectives but there’s something wrong with me and I’m definitely going to take advantage of that and start hurting people again.”
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