“Uncle Creepy” is back and he needs a win. This weekend the talented, but (UFC) win challenged Ian McCall will once again try and make his presence felt in the flyweight division and in doing so, he will have to defeat BJJ black belt Iliarde Santos and do it in his home country of Brazil.
“BJPenn.com” caught up with McCall in Las Vegas this week and got his perspective on his upcoming bout.
Ian said that his opponent has “a lot of fights, a lot of experience” (27 & 7), but as Santos has spent his career fighting in Brazil, McCall has no idea who he’s been fighting or how good the level of his competition has been, subsequently, he's a tough fighter to assess.
That aside, Uncle Creepy knows that Santos is a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, that he “gets after it” and that he’s “big for 25”. However and regardless, McCall feels that it’s a good stylistic match-up for him and one that should allow him to finish his opponent.
In terms of fighting Santos in Brazil, McCall says that he’s unconcerned about it and that the only thing he’s worries about is the judging. However, in terms of the fans, Ian is not concerned. To that point, McCall knows that the fans will boo him at first, but he feels he will “make” them love him by the time the fight is over.
On the question of his goals for the rest of the year, McCall said that they are (simply) “to just get back into contention”. Ian feels that if he wins his bout with Santos and strings together two or three more wins beyond it, that he could well be back in the title-shot mix.
Win or lose and 0-2 & 1 record aside, McCall has to be one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC and it would be nice to see him garner the wins needed to not only get back into the mix, but also to stay in the UFC.