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Ian McCall joined the UFC as one of the four fighters that was handpicked to compete for the inaugural UFC flyweight title. At the time he signed with the promotion, he was 11-2 and the reigning Tachi Palace flyweight champion.
Today, his record is 11-4-1.
McCall, speaking to Knockout Radio (via MMAWeekly.com) recently acknowledged that he has fallen short of expectations since joining the UFC, “You know, I’ve kind of blown my UFC career so far.”
When McCall steps into the Octagon in Brazil, he feels that he will be a different person, “I can be a head case, and that really has been what’s gotten me down in the past, but I took personal steps in my personal life, new relationships, new whatever it may be to just change for the better. I really am just happier and in a much better place than I can really ever remember, which is nice.”
McCall is a popular fighter, with a very marketable style and personality. He’s someone whom the UFC could use to sell the flyweight division. In order for them to do that, McCall is going to need to justify his No. 3 ranking in the division with some wins.
If that better place McCall speaks about does not translate to a win, McCall may have to look for answers outside the UFC.