SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Ian McCall of the USA looks on during the UFC On FX flyweight bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Most UFC fans got their introduction to Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall in his controversial mis-scored tie with Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson at the opening round of the UFC's flyweight tournament at UFC on FX 2. But hardcore fans have known about McCall for a while. He really rose to prominence with a dominating decision victory over Jussier da Silva at Tachi Palace Fights 8 in 2011. Da Silva had been regarded as the #1 flyweight fighter in the world up to that point.
McCall very nearly gave the vaunted "Mighty Mouse" the same upset treatment at UFC on FX 2, but the judges didn't see it that way and ruled the fight a tie. Unfortunately the Australian authorities mis-tallied the scores and initially ruled it a Johnson win -- precluding the possibility of a 4th round sudden-death overtime.
McCall is no stranger to remarkable come backs. Not only did he wash out of the WEC at bantamweight, he has literally come back from the dead. He talked to Full Contact Fighter and shared some insight into his unique character:
"Most people see me as a nice guy, but I'm pretty f**ked up in the head," he joked. "I just wanna have fun. And if it's at someone else's expense, then so be it."
He also talked about Johnson and his reaction to the botched judging:
"I was really pissed off. I thought it was bullshit.
"Demetrious is the first guy I haven't dropped with punches or spinning elbows, or whatever, in my entire career. I put everyone on their butt, you know. We have knockout power. People don't give us enough love I guess. Well we'll show it.
"I think that this weight class has all the tools to be something great. People are going to look at us differently than they would 135ers. There's so much talent there but I think that not only are we stealing half the talent, but we're bringing in a lot of other guys that are really good.
He talked about Johnson, whom he'll rematch at the Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale on June 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner will get a crack at Joseph Benevidez for the first-ever UFC flyweight title.