Last Updated on July 16, 2012.
Ian McCall lobbying for flyweight fight against Louis Gaudinot at UFC on FOX 4
by Matt Erickson – mmajunkie.com
Ian McCall is looking for a rebound, and he has someone in mind.
After a disappointing loss to Demetrious Johnson in their rematch this past month in Florida, McCall has been bummed. But what better way to put a smile back on his face, he figures, than getting his hand raised again in the octagon?
“I’ve been pissed off and depressed about losing (to Johnson),” McCall recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “I want to be happy again.”
The key to potential happiness for McCall (11-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC), he figures, just might be Louis Gaudinot (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Gaudinot recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio he’d like to fight McCall, and McCall responded in kind.
“I would love that fight,” McCall said. “I definitely thought he sucked to begin with, and I’m taking that back. At 135 (pounds), I thought he looked horrible. Seeing him at 125, he looks great. He looks a lot better. That would definitely be a fight I’d like to take.”
McCall fought to a draw with Johnson in March – a fight that should have gone to a fourth sudden-victory round but didn’t thanks to a commission error. He said the rematch in June came down to him having issues with his weight cut and being off during the fight.
“It came down to my fault,” McCall said. “Obviously, no one likes blaming anyone else. I screwed up. My diet didn’t go like I should’ve, and I ended up cutting 18-and-a-half pounds. I was flat, and I didn’t fight like I should have.”
McCall said he hopes Johnson beats Joseph Benavidez in their flyweight title fight, which is slated for the main event of UFC 152 in September. That way, he can get another crack at “Mighty Mouse” – even though he doesn’t see it happening and instead sees Benavidez getting the belt around his waist.
But until then, he’ll be campaigning to get a fight – and perhaps quickly. The Californian said he would love to find a spot on UFC on FOX 4, which takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“I’m trying to get a fight at L.A. on Aug. 4,” McCall said. “I live 30 minutes from the Staples Center, so if it’s Gaudinot, that would be great. It’s a FOX card, and it’s pretty weak. If there’s 15,000 people (at Staples Center), I would know 12,000 of the 15,000.”