The road has never been a smooth one for UFC Flyweight Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall (12-4-1). From his Octagon debut resulting in a draw, to the back-to-back losses that followed, it took the 29-year-old over a year to finally get his hand raised in the UFC.
A fighter to the core, all the adversity McCall has faced keeps him pushing forward today. After defeating Iliarde Santos at UFC 163 and earning Fight of the Night, McCall is looking forward to heading into hostile territory to face England’s Brad Pickett (23-8) in London’s O2 Arena. While the venue may be an unfamiliar one, Uncle Creepy remains focused on keeping the wins coming.
“I guess I’m different than most people I don’t mind traveling and fighting. It’s just kind of fun to me. It adds a little bit of danger to it,” said McCall.
Being that McCall’s first win in the UFC came against Santos in Brazil, the California native said he’s becoming accustomed to fighting on foreign soil.
“I always feel I have an advantage because I’m the better fighter,” McCall added. “Hometown or not, I don’t mind travelling. 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.”
At UFC on FOX 9, McCall was on tap to square off with former bantamweight Scott Jorgensen who was making his Flyweight debut. A broken hand suffered from his fight with Santos forced McCall to withdraw. At UFC Fight Night 37, he’ll welcome Brad “One Punch” Pickett to the division.
Known for coming forward and pouring on the pressure, Pickett’s aggressive fight style has earned him five post-fight bonuses in his last six fights. McCall has raked in two bonuses in his UFC tenure for his game approach inside the Octagon. Needless to say, the flyweight showdown should be nothing short of action packed.
“I’m at a 50 percent ratio so far of getting bonuses,” McCall told MMA Fight Corner. “He’s only going to add to that. Hopefully I can get a finish in this fight and get a Knockout or Submission of the Night, instead of the Fight of the Night. Or if it’s good, I could get both of them. Get some kind of finish out of it. $100,000 is $100,000. It’s a nice thing to have in the bank.”
After going 1-2 in his last 3 in the 135-pound division, Pickett will look for a fresh start in a new weight class. McCall’s seen plenty of his opponent’s bouts and expects him to come out swinging. As the man responsible for welcoming him into the division, McCall believes the rapid fire pace he brings could overwhelm Pickett.
“I know what he wants to do. He’s going to come out and try to knock my head off. Him coming down to 25’s, that’s not always a 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.”
With an influx of old and new fighters starting to come in to the division, McCall, who recently tweeted that he’d fight lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov if no one else would, never backs down from a challenge. If he defeats Pickett come March 8, he hopes to face Flyweight prospect Ali Bagautinov next. McCall predicted Bagautinov to defeat John Lineker in his upcoming scrap and hopes they can battle it out for a title shot sometime in the near future.
Ian McCall vs. Brad Pickett goes down on March 8 with the London fight card airing exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. The O2 Arena hosts the event which features a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa.
Check out the full interview with Ian McCall on MMA Fight Corner here: