The UFC's new flyweight division has been met by fans with mixed reaction. When the first champion was crowned at UFC 152, the crowd reacted with a chorus of boos at times. A similar action occurred at UFC On FX 5 during a flyweight title eliminator fight. Dana White has disregarded the remarks and doesn't see any merit to them. Fellow flyweight competitor Ian McCall (11-3-1) agrees with the UFC president.
"It kind of sucks since nobody likes our weight class right now," said McCall on MMA Interviews. "I guess Demetrious doesn't translate well publicly. No one likes John Dodson because he's all kinds of annoying. He acts like a 12-year-old on TV."
McCall competed in the tournament to crown the first flyweight champion. In the semifinals, he fought Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) to a draw in their original meeting. When they met again, three months later, Johnson earned the win via decision and a place in the finals where he would go on to win the inaugural championship.
McCall was scheduled to fight in August, but pulled out with an injury. He was later arrested on an outstanding warrant from years ago and spent 17 days inside a jail.
As for the growth of the division, McCall thinks it will continue and can't wait for talent from other parts of the world to join.
"I think it's awesome," said McCall. "Especially in Asia, there's so much talent we don't know about yet."
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