Mixed-martial arts fans who are unfamiliar with Ian McCall shouldn’t have trouble identifying the flyweight fighter when he steps into the octagon Friday night at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise to face Demetrious Johnson.
Just look for the fighter with the waxed handlebar moustache a la legendary baseball closer Rollie Fingers.
That would be McCall, aka “Uncle Creepy.”
The 28-year-old from Newport Beach, Calif., said the signature ’stache started off as a joke, but now gives him an identity.
“Before I met my wife I wanted to focus on training, and not have any girls bother me, so I didn’t shave for a couple of months and grew a big beard out,” he explains. “When I finally shaved I kept the moustache for the fight, and now it pays the rent.”
McCall believes that moustache is a top five all-time in mixed-martial arts. He has nothing but respect for the originators.
“Dan Severn and Don Frye started it all with their big crazy man moustaches,” McCall said. “I think it’s pretty cool. I feel like Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit.”
However, “Uncle Creepy” is a lot more than just a moustache aficionado. He loves to fight, and he loves to have fun while doing it. He plans on displaying his skill and unforgettable persona when he takes on Johnson in the UFC on FX main event. Aside from that he plans to win the rematch against his flyweight rival. The first bout in March ended in a draw, and McCall believes the outcome was his own doing.
“I was not stoked with my performance that night. I let the win slip away,” McCall said. “I think the momentum started swinging in my favor, and I could’ve finished him in the fourth [round]. The good thing is I know now what to expect, and plan on finishing it early.
“He’s shown me everything he has in his arsenal. That was him at his best, and he didn’t beat me. I didn’t even get to show him my kickboxing, my wrestling, and my jiu-jitsu. He has a whole lot to worry about.”
The winner will earn a shot at the title against Joseph Benavidez, but even if McCall loses, he says he is honored to be part of the first flyweight main event in UFC history.
“If I blow this opportunity, and somehow ruin my life – which I don’t plan on doing – at least I was part of history, and I’m the torchbearer for an entire division.”