Tomorrow night (June 8, 2012) Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson will finally settle the score and prove to the mixed martial arts (MMA) world which of the two scrappy 125-pound fighters truly deserves to advance to the finals and meet Joseph Benavidez in the first-ever Featherweight title fight in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history.
After a scoring error in their first encounter at UFC on FX: "Alves vs. Kampmann" on March 3, 2012, revealed that the fight was actually a draw and not a Johnson victory as originally announced, "Uncle Creepy" and "Mighty Mouse" can finally put to rest the drama that went down in Australia as they headline UFC on FX 3: "Johnson vs. McCall" from Sunrise, Florida.
If waiting for a chance at redemption wasn't enough to keep him on the edge of his seat, eager to step back into the Octagon, having to think about a fight that was scored a draw that he feels he clearly won on a daily basis, just might drive him more and more "insane."
Speaking to UFC.com, McCall says the perfectionist in him is driving him "nut's," thinking about the fact that he has unfinished business to handle and if he and Johnson were given the chance to compete in the sudden death round, he would have finished "Mighty Mouse" and earned his rightful place in the finals.
Check it out:
"I have been busting my ass and it's driving me [expletive] crazy. I'm going insane. I have had to move out of my house. My wife said, 'OK, you're out. Go move in with your strength and conditioning coach. Just get this done.' She's all for it and she's very supportive. She knows I need to just clear my head, stay away, be alone, and just get this done. Once the day comes, my job will be done. I know that I would've finished the fight in that fourth round. I think everyone knows that. The momentum swing was very much in my favor. It was all downhill for him. I felt him wilt underneath those shots I was putting on him on the ground. It still bothers me. It has been bothering me ever since. I have had this nagging thing in the back of my head that has been eating away at me that's been driving me [expletive] crazy. It's unfinished business. I don't like to leave things unfinished. I'm a perfectionist and it's driving me nuts. I just want to get this over with."
McCall says he doesn't bother watching the first fight because it will only "piss" him off further because he knows he was the rightful winner, even though he didn't put on his best performance and also says that winning the title is not enough, he wants to be feared:
"I don't bother watching it (first fight) much because the more I watch it the more it pisses me off and the more I realize I won. I leave it to my coaches to watch. They are my coaches for a reason and I have faith in them. They put together the gameplan to make sure I can finish the fight and put my stamp on it more or less. It being physically possible, it is hard to prepare any harder than I did for the last one, so it comes down to gameplan. The gameplan has changed, not by much, but now I know exactly what to do. I need to beat him up. I can't get into this long distance, jogging match with him. I have to get into his face and take him into uncomfortable positions like I did in the third round. Now, I completely proved to myself what I thought all along, which is that I could beat him. I think he's shown me everything he has to offer. I think he put on the best performance he could against me and I know I didn't. I know I didn't fire off my hands and my kicks the way I should have. Coming into this one, I think I'm going to outperform myself from the last time and show the world that I'm here to do something great. I don't just want to be champion. I want to be a feared person in this sport. I want people to really respect me."
For his part, Johnson feels that he has worked on what he considers to be his biggest weakness, his mind.
Now that the wait is over, the two former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veterans want to make a statement and leave no doubt as to who is the rightful one to fight for the title.
Who will it be?