Ian McCall (fighter)

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Ian McCall
BornIan Gregory McCall
(1984-07-05) July 5, 1984 (age 35)
Costa Mesa, California, United States
Other namesUncle Creepy
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
StyleWrestling, Kung Fu
Fighting out ofDana Point, California, United States
TeamTeam Oyama
RankBlack belt in Kung Fu[1]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2002–2018
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission3
By decision6
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision4
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ian Gregory McCall (born July 5, 1984) is a retired American mixed martial artist who competed in the Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions of several prominent MMA promotions, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, Rizin Fighting Federation and World Extreme Cagefighting. He is also a former TPF Flyweight Champion. In between his fights in January 2015 and December 2017, he had been booked for six consecutive cancelled fights, four of which were cancelled during the week of.


McCall was born in Costa Mesa, California and has an older brother, Bradley McCall. McCall got into many "fights" growing up and in his youth, he practiced kung fu. He competed in wrestling for Dana Hills High School where he was a standout and then continued later at Cuesta College, before dropping out to a knee injury. He was also a part of a gang called the Lords of South County, where the gang would regularly start fights with random people, usually multiple people beating up one unsuspecting person. A few of them were charged for crimes, like former UFC fighter Rob Emerson, but Ian McCall escaped without charges. During one encounter, McCall attempted an uppercut against an unsuspecting person, but was countered with a right cross and knocked unconscious. During another scuffle, McCall actually punched a lady in the face but he claims he thought she was a man. [2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

In his WEC tenure, McCall defeated Coty Wheeler and lost to Charlie Valencia in 2007. McCall returned in 2009, but lost to Dominick Cruz.[3]

Tachi Palace Fights[edit]

In February, McCall signed a deal with the California-based promotion, Tachi Palace Fights. Ian's first fight was against Jussier Formiga, who at the time was ranked as the #1 Flyweight in the world.[4] McCall upset Formiga with a unanimous decision victory.[5]

On May 6, 2011, McCall then defeated previously unbeaten prospect Dustin Ortiz at Tachi Palace Fights 9, setting up an August 5, 2011 championship bout with the TPF Flyweight Champion Darrell Montague at TPF 10: Tachi Palace Fights 10. He won the title by submitting Montague in round 3 with a rear naked choke.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

McCall signed with the UFC in December 2011 to compete in a four-man Flyweight Tournament to determine the inaugural UFC Flyweight Champion. He faced Demetrious Johnson in the opening round of the tournament on March 3, 2012 at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann.[7] Johnson was initially thought to have defeated McCall by majority decision, though was later revealed that a scoring error had taken place and a majority draw was the correct result.[8][9] This fight was the first flyweight bout in UFC history.

A rematch with Johnson took place on June 8, 2012 at UFC on FX 3 to determine who would meet Joseph Benavidez in the finals of the flyweight tournament.[10] McCall lost the bout via unanimous decision.

McCall was briefly linked to a bout with promotional newcomer John Moraga on August 4, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera.[11] However, McCall was forced out of the bout with an issue with police and replaced by Ulysses Gomez.[12]

McCall next faced Joseph Benavidez on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156.[13] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

McCall faced Iliarde Santos on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision, earning his first UFC win. The fight also earned him his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[15]

McCall was slated to face Scott Jorgensen on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9,[16] but was ruled out of the bout due to injury.[17]

McCall was expected to face Brad Pickett on March 8 at UFC Fight Night 37 in London, England.[18] However, on 13 February, it was announced that McCall had pulled out of the bout due to injury[19] and was replaced by promotional newcomer Neil Seery.[20]

The rescheduled bout with Pickett took place on July 19, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46.[21] McCall won the bout by unanimous decision, having out struck Pickett across three rounds, while displaying strong takedowns and effective ground and pound.

McCall was expected to face John Lineker on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56 as the co-main event.[22] Although both fighters successfully made weight, it was announced just hours after the weigh in that McCall had been pulled from the event due to a blood infection. The bout was pulled from the event entirely.[23][24]

The bout with Lineker eventually took place on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183.[25] McCall lost the fight by unanimous decision.

A rematch with Dustin Ortiz was expected to take place on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73.[26] However, McCall pulled out of the fight in late July citing injury and was replaced by Willie Gates.[27]

McCall was expected to face Justin Scoggins on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[28] However, only 2 days before the event, Scoggins announced he was not going to make the contracted weight. The UFC pulled Scoggins and canceled the bout.[29]

McCall was expected to face Ray Borg on September 10, 2016 at UFC 203.[30] However, Borg pulled out of the fight on September 7 citing an illness. With no time to find a suitable replacement, McCall was removed from the card.[31]

McCall was expected to face Neil Seery on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 99.[32] However, McCall was pulled from the fight one day before it was scheduled to take place. It was rebooked for UFC 208, and this time Seery pulled out of what was expected to be his retirement bout two weeks before.[33][34]

McCall was expected to face Jarred Brooks on February 11, 2017 at UFC 208. However, McCall was pulled from the fight the day it was scheduled to take place due to gastrointestinal illness.[35]

McCall was granted his requested release from the UFC in October 2017.[36]

Rizin Fighting Federation[edit]

On October 16, 2017 it was announced that McCall had signed with Japan's Rizin Fighting Federation.

McCall's debut was against Manel Kape, as part of Rizin's 2017 Bantamweight World Grand Prix.[37] He lost the fight in the first round by doctor's stoppage due to a cut from the ring ropes.[38]

For his second fight for the promotion, McCall faced fellow UFC veteran Kyoji Horiguchi in the main event at Rizin 10 on May 6, 2018.[39] He lost the fight via knockout just nine seconds into the first round.


On May 21, 2018 McCall announced his retirement during The MMA Hour podcast.[40][41]

Personal life[edit]

McCall has a young daughter and a stepson. He is engaged to former WWE Diva Alicia Webb. The couple have lived together for several years. Once known as notoriously unfaithful in relationships now claims to be committed to prove everyone wrong and for once show his daughter how women should be treated. Alicia suffers from epilepsy and McCall says he will stand by her side as long as she lets him. The couple still haven’t set a wedding date but McCall says if he is lucky, it won’t be long. [42]

In a 2012 interview with Ariel Helwani, McCall stated that during a hiatus after his last fight in the WEC he overdosed on a combination of oxycodone, GHB, Xanax and other tranquilizers. He awoke two days later in a hospital and later found out his breathing and heartbeat had both stopped. He was revived and recovered to full health within a matter of weeks.[43]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 13 wins 7 losses
By knockout 4 2
By submission 3 1
By decision 6 4
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–7–1 Kyoji Horiguchi KO (punch) Rizin 10 May 6, 2018 1 0:09 Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 13–6–1 Manel Kape TKO (cut) Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: 2nd Round December 29, 2017 1 1:48 Saitama, Japan Bantamweight Grand-Prix Quarter-Finals. The fight was stopped after McCall was cut by the ring ropes.
Loss 13–5–1 John Lineker Decision (unanimous) UFC 183 January 31, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (130 lbs) bout; Lineker missed weight.
Win 13–4–1 Brad Pickett Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao July 19, 2014 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Win 12–4–1 Iliarde Santos Decision (unanimous) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Loss 11–4–1 Joseph Benavidez Decision (unanimous) UFC 156 February 2, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–3–1 Demetrious Johnson Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall June 8, 2012 3 5:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States UFC Flyweight Tournament semifinal.
Draw 11–2–1 Demetrious Johnson Draw (majority) UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann March 3, 2012 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia UFC Flyweight Tournament Semifinal; Fight of the Night.
Win 11–2 Darrell Montague Submission (rear-naked choke) TPF 10: Let The Chips Fall August 5, 2011 3 2:15 Lemoore, California, United States Won Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight Championship.
Win 10–2 Dustin Ortiz Decision (unanimous) TPF 9: The Contenders May 6, 2011 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 9–2 Jussier Formiga Decision (unanimous) TPF 8: All or Nothing February 18, 2011 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Flyweight debut.
Win 8–2 Jeff Willingham Submission (triangle choke) MEZ Sports: Pandemonium 3 November 19, 2010 1 2:17 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 7–2 Dominick Cruz Decision (unanimous) WEC 38 January 25, 2009 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 7–1 Kevin Dunsmoor Decision (unanimous) Total Combat 32 October 2, 2008 3 5:00 El Cajon, California, United States
Loss 6–1 Charlie Valencia Submission (guillotine choke) WEC 31 December 12, 2007 1 3:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 Coty Wheeler TKO (punches) WEC 30 September 5, 2007 3 4:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Rick McCorkell KO (punch) Battle in the Ballroom: Summer Fist 2007 June 28, 2007 1 0:13 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Win 4–0 Chris David Decision (unanimous) Total Combat 15 July 15, 2006 3 N/A San Diego, California, United States
Win 3–0 Musa Toliver TKO (corner stoppage) WFC: Rumble at the Ramada December 8, 2005 2 N/A Norwalk, California, United States
Win 2–0 Chris Acevedo TKO (corner stoppage) Crown Fighting Championship 1 September 4, 2004 1 N/A Rosarito Beach, Mexico
Win 1–0 Jerry Samson Submission (rear-naked choke) Warriors Quest 6: Best of the Best August 3, 2002 2 2:32 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ufc.com
  2. ^ Sherdog.com. "Ian McCall's Violent Delights - Shakespeare Comes to the Cage".
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  4. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-02-21.
  5. ^ "Sherdog's Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Flyweight". sherdog.com. 2012-06-28.
  6. ^ "Montague-McCall Title Bout Targeted for Tachi Palace Fights 10". Sherdog.com. May 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "UFC adds flyweights: Johnson vs. McCall, Benavidez vs. Urushitani at UFC on FX 2". mmajunkie.com. December 11, 2011. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  9. ^ "Breaking news: Demetrious Johnson vs Ian McCall result overturned, majority draw requires rematch". mmamania.com. March 3, 2012.
  10. ^ "Johnson-McCall rematch slated for UFC on FX 3". mmajunkie.com. March 20, 2012. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Ian McCall vs. John Moraga added to UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles". mmajunkie.com. July 19, 2012. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Ulysses Gomez slotted to face John Moraga at UFC on FOX 4". mmajunkie.com. July 23, 2012.
  13. ^ "Flyweights Jospeh [sic] Benavidez vs. Ian McCall on tap for UFC 156 in February". mmajunkie.com. December 4, 2012.
  14. ^ John Petit (June 8, 2013). "Ian McCall and Iliarde Santos Lined Up For UFC 163". fighters.com. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
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  17. ^ Dave Reid (2013-08-22). "Ian McCall Out Of UFC On Fox 9 Bout With Scott Jorgsensen". mmainsider.net. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  18. ^ Dave Reid (2013-12-10). "Brad Pickett vs Ian McCall & Two More Bouts Set For UFC's Return To London". mmainsider.net. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
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  22. ^ Staff (2014-09-04). "John Lineker meets Ian McCall at UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-04.
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  29. ^ Staff (2016-07-28). "Video: Weight-cutting issues force Justin Scoggins out of UFC 201 vs. McCall (updated)". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  30. ^ Brian Martin (2016-08-04). "Ian McCall vs. Ray Borg added to UFC 203 in Cleveland". dailynews.com. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
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  32. ^ Staff (2016-09-20). "Ian McCall vs. Neil Seery announced for UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  33. ^ Ben Blake (2016-11-18). "Heartbreak for Seery as farewell UFC bout suffers late cancellation". The42.ie. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
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  36. ^ Marc Raimondi (2017-10-09). "Ian McCall granted release from UFC contract". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  37. ^ Jay Anderson (2017-10-16). "Ian McCall Signs with RIZIN FF, Joins Bantamweight Grand Prix". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
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  39. ^ Chris Nelson (2018-04-22). "Ex-UFC Flyweights Kyoji Horiguchi, Ian McCall Headline Finalized Rizin 10 Fight Card". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  40. ^ Alexander K. Lee (May 21, 2018). "Ian McCall announces retirement". mmafighting.com.
  41. ^ "Following nine-second KO loss, Ian McCall retires from MMA". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
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