Out of the increased pay, increased exposure and many other positives that come from fighting and putting on a good performance in the UFC, the most valuable thing that Ian McCall gained upon debuting with the promotion was confidence.
McCall battled Demetrious Johnson on one side of the flyweight tournament bracket this past March and more than held his own against Johnson. Many believed then and still believe that McCall deserved to win that fight, even when it was revealed that the initial verdict in Johnson’s favor was false and meant to be called a draw. Now, McCall and Mighty Mouse prepare to do battle once again, with McCall carrying the added boost of having done so well the first time around.
“I completely proved to myself what I thought all along, which is that I could beat him,” said McCall. “I think he’s shown me everything he has to offer. I think he put on the best performance he could against me and I know I didn’t. I know I didn’t fire off my hands and my kicks the way I should have. Coming into this one, I think I’m going to outperform myself from the last time and show the world that I’m here to do something great. I don’t just want to be champion. I want to be a feared person in this sport. I want people to really respect me.”
McCall meets Johnson for a second time tomorrow night in the main event of UFC on FX 3, which will take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.