‘That Weight Cut … You Almost Died Bro’

One of the best flyweights in mixed martial arts (MMA), Ian McCall, has been released from his UFC contract.

Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall has had a bad string of luck over the past year as a handful of his past fights have been scrapped on fight week. While UFC President Dana White has paid McCall his show money multiple times despite his never stepping foot in the octagon, it’s the months of preparation and weight-cutting that McCall put into the weeks leading up to the fight that earned him that paycheck.

McCall was scheduled to square off with Jarred Brooks at “UFC 208”, however McCall was pulled from the bout on fight night when the doctor diagnosed him with a gastrointestinal illness. McCall opened up on the Joe Rogan Experience [via. MMA Fighting] about just how bad the issue was:

“This whole thing scared the shit out of me. When the doctor says, ‘Oh well you could die, you never know,’ I’m like, what the fuck do you mean you never know? [My gallbladder] was super shrunk – contracted. I guess [from the dehydration]. And then they saw shadowing and some other stuff [on the tests] and they thought I had gall stones. Then they did a more advanced version of the ultrasound and they didn’t see anything so they didn’t have to do [surgery]. So basically we’re just running tests, been running tests all week. I’m still skinny. I went home a day later than I was supposed to go home and I was still under 135 pounds – 132 pounds. I wasn’t able to hold food down until Tuesday. My body just fuckin’ failed me.”