Ian McCall picked up his first UFC win in four tries when he defeated Iliarde Santos by unanimous decision at UFC 163. On March 8, McCall will look to make it two in a row when he faces Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 37.
Those that look at McCall's record of 1-2-1 (12-4-1 overall) in the UFC's flyweight division and immediately dismiss him are missing the fact of whom he fought in those three UFC fights that were not victories. McCall's draw and first loss were to current UFC champion Demetrious Johnson. His other loss was to No. 1 ranked Joseph Benavidez. He went the distance in all three of those fights. As for the Santos fight, in addition to getting him a check in the win column, it also earned him a $50,000 Fight of the Night Bonus.
The bonus the No. 3 ranked McCall earned for his UFC 163 win was his second Fight of the Night. His first, also earning him $50,000, came in his UFC debut against Johnson.
When McCall faces Pickett, he'll be looking to add a third bonus award to his resume, "I'm at a 50 percent ratio so far getting bonuses, he's only going to add to that," McCall told MMAFightCorner. "Hopefully I can get a finish and get Knockout of the Night or Submission of the Night instead of Fight of the Night, or I can do what Alex (Caceres) did (at UFC on Fox 10) and get both of them."
Pickett (23-8) is no stranger to Fight Night bonus awards, racking up five in his six fights in the UFC. What the 35-year-old Englishman is a stranger to is the flyweight division. Pickett has fought as a lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight, but never as a flyweight.
McCall seems more than happy to welcome the man known as "One Punch" to the division, "Him coming down to 125 (pounds) is not always the recipe for revamping your career. You weren't the fastest bantamweight in the world, and you're coming down to a division where speed is king. It's kind of a recipe for getting your ass kicked if you ask me."
McCall and Pickett will meet on the main card of UFC Fight Night 37, which will take place in Pickett's hometown of London. That fact, much like Pickett's success in the higher weight divisions is of little concern to Pickett, "I don't mind traveling," said McCall, who is from California. "If the UFC wants me to be the guy that travels everywhere and beats people up in their hometown, then I'll be that guy."
UFC Fight Night 37 will be streamed on UFC Fight Pass. The preliminary card begins at 12:30 p.m. ET. The main card will kick off at 3 p.m. ET, and the event will be headlined by a light heavyweight contest between No. 1 ranked Alexander Gustafsson and No. 11 ranked Jimi Manuwa.
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