He entered the scene on top of the world. He was considered by many to be the best flyweight on the planet when the UFC added the 125-pound weight division to its already reputable name. While that still may be the case, Ian McCall hasn’t had much luck since taking to the Octagon for the world’s top promotion.

After a judgmental error at UFC on FX in Australia just under a year ago, McCall saw a controversial loss become a draw. Not long after, “Uncle Creepy” was handed his first defeat in three years. Nonetheless, McCall remains a top contender and will look to bounce back to his winning ways when he takes on former No.1 contender Joseph Benavidez in a main-card thriller at UFC 156 on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Las Vegas.

In a recent interview with The MMA Corner, McCall shared of his desire to capture his first official Octagon victory.

McCall (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

“It would obviously mean a lot to be able to get my first ‘W’ in the UFC,” said McCall. “Whether some people think I should have won a previous fight or this or that, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is my fight with Joseph, and that’s what I’m looking at right now.

“It’s not just Joseph, but any time I take on an opponent, I assume and believe that I am better than they are. That’s just my mindset, and that’s the mindset you need to fight when you’re fighting. So, just like any other opponent I would face, I don’t think Joseph really holds any advantage over me. He’s a well-rounded fighter. You know, he’s got good submissions, he’s quick, and packs some power in his punches. This will be a good fight for the fans.”

Benavidez, whose four-fight winning streak was snapped by flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, will also look to make a case for another shot at the 125-pound strap. However, after having seen Benavidez defeated, McCall plans to apply some of Johnson’s tactics with hopes of returning to the title as well.

McCall (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

“I definitely think Demetrious set the blueprint for how to defeat Joseph. The thing about Demetrious that allows him to be so good is his footwork. He’s constantly changing angles and adjusting to his opponent’s game plan. If you look at the Dodson fight, he was able to withstand some punches and even was knocked down in the earlier rounds. In this fight with Joseph, I’ll need to be on my top game,” admitted McCall.

With the lack of depth in the flyweight division, many believe the victor of Saturday evening’s flyweight bout could move up the ranks to earn yet another shot at UFC gold. With just 13 fighters on the UFC’s 125-pound roster, McCall is well aware of what may be at stake on Saturday night.

“I know that a win could earn me a title shot. That’s great and all, but that’s not really where my focus is at right now. I need to defeat Joseph first. If I don’t defeat him, then all of this was just a lot of talk,” said McCall.

“I need to get the job done.”

Top Photo: Ian McCall (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)