The UFC Flyweight tournament hit a big snaffoo when a silly Aussie read the scorecards incorrectly at UFC on FX2 earlier this year. Presenting Demetrious Johnson with the win over Ian McCall for what should have been a draw, denied us all of what could have been the most epic fourth round in all MMA ever.
In the rematch tonight we get to see the round four that should have been and a couple extra. We will again rally behind our mustachioed flyweight hero as he quests to become the first UFC Flyweight Champion.
So UFC is back on FX tomorrow with what will be it’s 200th event. Although the main event of Alves and Kampmann is bound to be great, nothing gets me going more than an old fashioned tournament. With just four men in it, I would have preferred if the UFC held it as a single night event, but at least this way all guys get a fair chance of proper preparation for each other. In case you aren’t aware, the fighters included are:
Benavidez vs Urishitani
Johnson vs McCall
Everything about this mini tournament is intriguing, from the match ups to the unique sudden death round – if after three rounds it is called a draw, there will be one additional round to determine a winner. Also, how will Benevidez, Johnson fare in their first high level drop to Flyweight? My guess is that they are going to be even more dangerous than before. And what will Shooto Champion Urishitani bring to the table? Is he the dark horse of the tourney? This has the makings of a classic. I just wish that the UFC had put more effort into promoting these guys, especially as they will be the bread and butter of this fledgling division over the coming years.
We Modern Violent Gentlemen are rooting for Ian McCall to win, but he faces the toughest competition possible in the other three challengers. Whoever wins this tourney earns the accolade of best Flyweight in the world and his brand new UFC Championship title.
Ian McCall is nowhere near as well known as he deserves to be. Not just because of his awesome nickname and moustache either. Ranked by Sherdog as the number 1 flyweight in the world, McCall is currently riding a 4 fight winning streak, including a win over former flyweight king Jussier da Silva, and is the reigning Tachi Palace Fights 125lb champ. In fact the only loses on his record are to Charles Valencia and UFC champion Dominic Cruz, both of which were at bantamweight. As with most flyweights, McCall has often had to fight above his natural weight class in order to stay active. Hopefully the UFC will add flyweights to the roster soon so he can get a little more media attention in his own division.
His back story is riddled with hardships and heartbreaking tragedy, including the loss of close friend and training partner, Justin Levens. As anyone that has followed this sport for a while will know, in late 2008, Levens shot his wife dead, shortly before laying down next to her and shooting himself. Despite personal problems and a history of drugs issues, McCall has managed to drastically turn his life around in recent years, and is now expecting his first child with his new wife.
Should the UFC introduce a 125lb division, McCall would hopefully be at the top of their wish list. A natural showman with a very well rounded skill set, it would be amazing to see Uncle Creepy fighting on the big stage. Check out his most recent fight against Darrell Montague at TPF 10 in the video below, courtesy of MMAinterviews.tv.