Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight contender Ian McCall is fed up with the way the mixed martial arts (MMA) community treats the flyweight division, insisting that rampant "small person-ism" is skewing the way 125-pound male fighters get promoted, and ultimately paid.
"Uncle Creepy" vents to The MMA Hour:
"I've come to the conclusion that, it's not racism, it's like small person-ism. No one really gives a shit about us, and it's true. I mean, maybe it's Demetrious' fault for not being the marketable guy, even though he's an amazing athlete. Maybe it's my fault for not beating him up when I should've. Maybe people really just don't care about seeing small half-sized people fight. I don't know what it is, and it's frustrating, but at the same time, you just get over it, whatever, I go in there and do my job. I mean, look at the numbers. We don't get paid the same, and I'm not hating on the UFC, the UFC treats me amazing. If you want to make more money, you fight more, you win more. But it's just an overall consensus from everybody that we just kinda get swept under the rug and no one seems to really care. The women get a lot more exposure than we do, and let's be honest, we're twice the fighters they are. No one wants to hear what I have to say anyways. But it's true. It's BS because they don't push us like they should, and like you said, we are the two top guys going for the number-one contender fight. You'd think they would promote it more. Obviously Shogun is going to headline the card. Shogun is Shogun, everyone adores him, he's huge, he's an ex-champ. But it's like we're the stepchild no one cares about."
The ladies are currently front and center on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20.
McCall (13-4-1) returns to the Octagon against fellow flyweight contender John Lineker at the UFC Fight Night 56: "Shogun vs. Manuwa" event on FOX Sports 1 a week from Saturday (Nov. 8, 2014) inside Ginasio Municipal Gym in Minas Gerais, Brazil.
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