Speaking on the MMA Hour this past Monday, “Uncle Creepy” announced his retirement from the sport.
Ian McCall (13-7-1) broke the news of his retirement on ‘The MMA Hour’ with Ariel Helwani.
“I know people who talk sh*t about their bad luck” began McCall. “But me. I can’t seem to catch a break.”
Injuries, illnesses and weight cutting issues have plagued McCall and his opponents throughout the years and for the longest time was regarded as one of the most unlucky fighters in the game.
In his most recent fight, “Uncle Creepy” was the victim of an early stoppage inside 9 seconds after his Rizin bout with Kyoji Horiguchi.
“I was still in the fight”, McCall told Ariel Helwani. “The referee even came to my dressing room to apologise”
“I got into this game to be the best and to be honest, I don’t feel like the best and this is why I’m retiring now. I made up my mind in Japan after the fight”
McCall’s last victory came against fellow retiree, Brad Pickett in 2014 in Dublin.
Perhaps his most memorable fight was with Demetrious Johnson in 2012. Many pundits and fans alike thought that McCall had beaten the current flyweight champion but it was declared a draw. After running it back a second time, Johnson was a clear winner a few months later.
McCall’s legacy may be tainted somewhat by the sheer unluckiness he has encountered but it is important to remember that without the likes of “Uncle Creepy” there would be no flyweight division to speak of.