Ian McCall definitely had a rollercoaster of emotions for his UFC debut last weekend in Australia.
Prior to his fight with Demetrious Johnson ever happening, McCall came to the UFC highly regarded as the top flyweight in the world, but he was really just happy to finally get the call to come to the world’s largest MMA promotion and showcase his talents.
McCall then proceeded to engage in a three-round, back-and-forth war with Johnson that ended up being one of the most exciting fights of the night.
When the judges’ scores were read, that’s when McCall’s night took a turn for the worst.
Johnson was declared the winner by split decision, and like a bolt of lightning McCall left the cage in disgust.
“I was like wow okay, well I’m out of here. I just wanted to go home,” McCall said on MMAWeekly Radio. “I think I definitely won the fight.”
In the back, McCall removed his gloves and hand wraps and started to get ready to take the excruciatingly long flight back home to California, all consumed with the thought that he just lost his UFC debut until fate dealt him a different hand.
UFC president Dana White asked to speak to McCall and when he entered the room McCall noticed the UFC’s head honcho had a little smirk on his face, but he also noticed a camera being shoved right in his face.
Immediately, McCall was on the defensive because he had already felt what it was like to have his dreams shattered earlier in the night, and he wasn’t too excited to see someone try to capture that emotion on film.
Luckily, there was a different kind of emotion in store for McCall once White told him the news.
“He said hey they screwed up, this is a draw. This is really bad for the sport, it’s bad for this, bad for that. And I was like people make mistakes. Stuff happens. I’m not going to sit and get mad at the commission people. I mean it sucks, certain things should have happened that didn’t, but I’m just happy to be here. I’m just happy to be able to do this,” McCall said.
Now he will get ready for a second go round with Johnson later this year to see who will face Joseph Benavidez to become the first ever UFC flyweight champion.
After three rounds with the former bantamweight title contender, McCall is confident he can go 15 more minutes or hopefully put Johnson away this time.
“I can prove that I can beat him next time,” McCall said. “I’m not sure when that’s going to be, hopefully soon. There’s no date, I know he’s looking to get married and I think that’s the big hang up. It’ll get done soon I’m sure.”
The sooner the better for McCall, who just wants to get back in action and hopefully this time finish what he started in Australia.