Given the circumstances, it’s hard to believe former Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight Champion Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall was overly enthused when a tabulation error delayed the UFC’s Flyweight tournament to determine the new division’s first champion.
After all, “Uncle Creepy” should never have lost, but that doesn’t mean he would have won, either.
Rather, McCall’s first bout with Demetrious Johnson should actually have been scored a draw. However, the error was not caught in time and the scheduled “Sudden Victory” round, never took place.
As a serious fan of the Great Bard, McCall might have been reminded how fate art fickle, and fortune bestowed unequally by the miscalculation.
However, “Uncle Creepy” has his chance at vindication this Friday, June 8, when he and “Mighty Mouse” square off to determine who will fight Joseph Benavidez for the 125 lb. strap.
According to McCall, now a ten-year veteran of the sport, fighting was something he considered to be “pure hobby” until 2010, when “Uncle Creepy” began his run for the Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight belt.
“I liked fist-fighting, so I guess it’s a dream come true,” said the mustachioed vet.
While McCall nonchalantly welcomed the rematch, Uncle Creepy appears genuinely unconcerned with the delay, as he is confident in his skills.
“I come from a very strict Muay Thai gym, where I get beat up kickboxing all the time by real kickboxers, not MMA kickboxers… I obviously see myself as a much superior fighter to anybody here (in this division), but I need to prove my worth.”
McCall, who describes himself as a defensive wrestler, admittedly prefers to keep the fight standing up, where he is confident he can hurt his opponents, which is the main priority for “Uncle Creepy.”
“I want to keep [the fight] up. I want to catch you coming in, pick you up and hurt you with an elbow… I’ve dropped everyone I’ve fought at 125 with punches.
“I love to punch, I love to knee. I don’t care if you take my leg, I’m still going to hurt you. So I think I bring a dangerous arsenal of attacks to this fight (with Johnson). I think people are really going to appreciate the way I fight.”
Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson face off this Friday at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall, in what promises to be another fast-paced fight between the two for a shot at the Flyweight title.