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UFC FN 56: Ian McCall on Why He’s Past “Tough-Guy, Slugfest Thing”


Whether it’s because this weekend is a ridiculously busy one in the world of combat sports, or because ‘ultimate fightin’ fans don’t like watching flyweights, it does seem like Saturday’s Ian McCall-John Lineker bout doesn’t have much buzz. McCall has been arguing in recent interviews that people “don’t give a s–t” about 125’ers, and if he’s right, well, evidently some folks don’t like watching extremely entertaining MMA.

McCall-Lineker, in fact, has the potential to be one of this weekend’s best fights, as it will feature the #3 and #6 ranked flyweights respectively. In McCall, you have one of the division’s most complete fighters, while Lineker hits like a truck (and no, not a tiny, half ton either).

Recently McCall appeared on the latest episode of “UFC Tonight”, and weighed in on his bout with Lineker. While discussing the keys to the fight, and how he has improved, McCall stated (quotes via FOX Sports 1 press release):

“It comes down to movement. He’s going to sit in the pocket and wait. I have to make him swing, miss and make him pay for it. I have to put him on his back and punch him.”

“I’m just as fast or faster than anyone else in the division. I got past my tough-guy slugfest thing.”

Yes, when you’re facing a guy who has stopped four of his last five opponents, speed, movement, and or some wrestling, are definitely things to keep in mind.

It’s an interesting fight in terms of the strategy each man will employ, but also because there’s a lot at stake. If Lineker wins, and does so in impressive fashion, he could very well land a title shot. If McCall wins, he’ll take another step closer to securing a third fight with the reigning champ, Demetrious Johnson.

“A title is the main reason we’re here,” said McCall, when asked if he’s hoping to challenge for the belt. ” You want to become a champ, get the champ’s money. You want to create a legacy for yourself.”

UFC FN 56 will go down in Uberlandia, Brazil, and will feature “Shogun” Rua taking on fellow,  light-heavyweight contender Ovince St. Preux in the main event.


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