33-Year-Old Other Flyweight 13-5-1
October 16, 2017 Ian McCall News
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McCall, who was recently released from his UFC contract, is scheduled to make his debut under the Rizin banner on Dec. 29, Dann Strupp of MMAJunkie.com reports.
McCall will have not seen live competition for nearly three years when he steps into the ring for the Japan-based promotion. When he does, the 33-year-old will compete at bantamweight (135 pounds) after spending the majority of his UFC career at flyweight (125 pounds). "Uncle Creepy" will enter the grand prix tournament, which began in July, as a wild card candidate. Should he emerge victorious over the 23-year-old Manel Kape, he would advance to the semifinals, which take place just two days later on New Year's Eve.
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Fantasy AnalysisMcCall, despite having multiple fights scheduled, hasn't actually stepped into the Octagon since Jan. 2015. He's dealt with gastrointestinal issues, but more concerning are the recent tests he's underwent to monitor brain activity, which clearly show that 15 years of professional fighting have taken their toll. Despite those unsettling results, McCall has put a price on his health and will fight again if he's paid $100,000. He's even alright with getting $50,000 in show money and another $50,000 in a prospective win bonus, but at this point it seems unlikely that the UFC is on board. Should the promotion fail to meet that number, McCall has asked to be released from his contract and will pursue other opportunities overseas. At 33 years old, "Uncle Creepy" theoretically could still compete with ranked UFC flyweights given his track record to date. He was the last fighter to step into the Octagon against all-time great Demetrious Johnson -- a bout that was fought to a majority draw. Johnson went on to win his next 12 fights after avenging that draw, and is the new UFC record holder of all-time consecutive title defenses at 11,
Fantasy AnalysisMcCall was most recently scheduled to face Jarred Brooks in a UFC 208 match in February, but ended up withdrawing after experiencing gastrointestinal issues the day of the fight. Since that time, it's his quality of life after the sport that has been McCall's biggest concern. The 33-year-old indicated that he's already experiencing more forgetfulness and bouts of rage, as well as other symptoms consistent with bipolar disorder. McCall noted that his brain treatment will continue for another month, after which he'll formally decide whether he wants to continue fighting.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCall was flagged by the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Association) in February for a potential doping violation. He was set to face Jarred Brooks at UFC 208 at the time but withdrew from the bout due to illness. Under the instruction of his physician, he received an IV of saline, which isn't an illegal substance if kept under 50mL every six hours. After investigation, the USADA gave McCall a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) and cleared him for action. There is no word of a booked fight at this time.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCall was forced to check into a hospital late Friday due to his illness, which will ultimately keep him out for Saturday's scheduled fight against Brooks. It's the fifth fight in a row that either McCall or his opponent has needed to withdraw.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCall was originally scheduled to face Neil Seery in a matchup that had already been rescheduled once, but Serry had to withdraw to attend to a personal matter. Despite the bad news, "Uncle Creepy" will remain on the card and take on a UFC newcomer in Brooks. McCall should enter as a pretty heavy betting favorite, being the significantly more experienced flyweight. Brooks is nine years younger and undefeated professionally, but he hasn't seen nearly the same caliber of fighters as McCall in his career.
Fantasy AnalysisThis is the third time in four months McCall lost out on a fight within a week of the scheduled bout, first by Justin Scoggins missing weight, and another when Ray Borg came down with an illness. UFC Fight Night will continue with 13 fights on Nov. 19, with Seery serving as a backup in the event another fighter cannot compete. The severity of McCall's illness remains unknown, so when he will return to the Octogan is up in the air for now.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCall's last two scheduled fights have been cancelled through no fault of his own, but now he has to head to Ireland to face a Dublin native in his home country. "Uncle Creepy" is five years younger and has fewer professional fights than Seery, but has a much stronger resume in the Octagon. The two flyweights have one recent mutual opponent in Brad Pickett -- McCall won a decision in July 2014, while Seery fell short in March 2014.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCall will be forced to deal with a last-minute cancellation in his second straight scheduled bout, as Justin Scoggins failed to make weight for their fight at UFC 201 back in July. UFC fans will have to wait even longer to again witness the flair that "Uncle Creepy" brings to the Octagon.
Fantasy AnalysisScoggins was reportedly having issues getting down to the maximum 132.5 pounds and subsequently had to pull out of the fight, leaving McCall without an opponent for Saturday. If UFC is unable to find a replacement, McCall's return to the octagon could be pushed back. There figures to be a further update Friday on the status for Saturday's fight, but the short-notice nature of Scoggins' withdrawal could complicate matters.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's been nearly 18 months since McCall last stepped into the octagon. He lost that fight to John Lineker via unanimous decision, although Lineker missed weight for the bout. One of the toughest fighters in the flyweight division, McCall has never been knocked out in his entire career and he has only been submitted once. McCall is 2-3-1 in his last six fights, although the draw and one of the losses came against current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson. Uncle Creepy keeps himself in terrific shape, so he is a live 'dog in this fight despite the fact he is eight-years the elder of Scoggins.
Fantasy AnalysisThere's no word yet as to what is ailing McCall. Willie Gates will take his place and take on Ortiz. We will provide an update when more information becomes available.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCall seemed to be on the verge of earning a flyweight title shot against champion Demetrious Johnson before a loss to John Lineker at UFC 183 back in January. McCall is just 2-5-1 in his last eights bouts, but to his credit, he faces top competition every time out. He needs to beat Ortiz convincingly if he ever plans to earn a title opportunity.