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Thread: UFC 163 Fighter Ian McCall: ďIíve Kind of Blown My UFC Career So FarĒ

  1. Default UFC 163 Fighter Ian McCall: ďIíve Kind of Blown My UFC Career So FarĒ

    When former Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion Ian McCall inked a deal with the UFC in late 2011, he had high expectations. He entered the 2012 UFC Flyweight Tournament to determine the inaugural UFC 125-pound champion.

    He faced Demetrious Johnson in the opening round and the two fought to a draw. Johnson was originally declared the winner, but after a scoring error correction, the fight was ruled a draw. Johnson defeated McCall by unanimous decision in a rematch.

    In his next outing, McCall faced Joseph Benavidez and lost via unanimous decision. Heís gone 0-2-1 in his three UFC fights, and was not in a good place mentally. His personal life was coming unraveled as well as his career.

    The 29-year-old fighter made changes in his life, eliminated some relationships, distanced himself from others, and is ready to move forward inside and outside of the cage.

    ďIím in a much better place. You know, Iíve kind of blown my UFC career so far, but now itís time to earn whatís rightfully mine,Ē McCall told content partner Knockout Radio.

    ďIíve always been physically ready. Every fight, Iíve always been in shape. Iíve always been there. Just for me itís a mental thing because I can be a head case and that really has been whatís gotten me down in the past, but I took personal steps in my personal life, new relationships, new whatever it may be to just change for the better. I really am just happier and in a much better place than I can really ever remember, which is nice,Ē he added.
    McCall has gone from being a headliner two fights ago to being the first preliminary fight on FX in his upcoming UFC 163 bout against Iliarde Santos. That would be discouraging to some, but McCall sees it as an opportunity to earn his way back to main card status.

    ďI havenít earned (expletive). Itís probably where I deserve to be,Ē he said. ďSome people can look at it as a slap in the face not being on the main card, but who cares who Iíve fought and where I Ďve been on previous cards? There are some big names that deserve to be there and Iím just ready to earn it. Thatís my outlook on everything. I like earning things. I like being the good dog that gets petted. I want to earn this title shot and my first step to do that is by knocking this guy out.Ē
    Work ethic has never been an issue for McCall. He works hard in the gym, but has lacked focus.

    ďTraining has always been the same. I always put in the work; I bust my butt. Iím just more mentally clear. Not to say that itís completely someone elseís fault, of course, I put myself in every situation I am in. I was in a bad relationship and any man knows that can really drag you down,Ē he said.

    ďI was dropping the ball. I wasnít focused. I had flashes of brilliance, but thatís all done now and Iím excited to move forward and prove myself. I was brought in as No. 1. I was supposed to be something special and I havenít really shown that yet,Ē he added.
    McCall expects to put on a show on Aug. 3 when he faces Santos in Brazil.

    ďHe is going to go in there and try to knock my head off, thatís for sure. Iím in his country. I am the person standing across from him. Heís fought, what 30 almost 40 fights, probably. He knows what heís doing. Heís a black belt in jiu-jitsu, so obviously heís dangerous just like any opponent. You have to respect everybody,Ē said McCall.

    ďI have to go out there and just do work. Iíve got to stop having so much fun getting punched in the face and Iíve got to punch people back.Ē
    *I still think he beat Johnson in their first fight.
    There are many paths to freedom, not all are peaceful

  2. #2
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    mccall is the man. will always cheer for uncle creepy.
    lemme touch your feet

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    He definitely beat Johnson in their first fight. That was such a rip off.

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    I also though he won in the first Johnson fight. It also seems to be all his UFC fights have been amazing, even if Flyweights don't get the recognition they deserve. I think he is being a little hard on himself, but at the same time I like his attitude of not playing the victime and looking to go out there and force people to recognize him by performing.

    I was already a big fan, but this just confirmed it for me.

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