UFC flyweight Ian McCall sounds fed up with the sport’s current climate — and is considering calling it quits.
“Our sport’s in ruin, financially,” McCall said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “Our sport sucks. It’s not what it used to be. It’s not what it was five years ago. It’s not even what it is when I first got to the UFC. It’s horrible, as far as finances. So I’ve got to get another job, just like many other fighters. This one could take me away from MMA.”
That job is co-managing a medical marijuana facility in his native Southern California.
The facility, which is said to be opening in the coming months, will be a “beautiful wellness center” according to the fighter, whose MMA record stands at 13-5-1.
McCall, whose career includes a draw with the division kingpin Demetrious Johnson back in 2012, has struggled in recent years with a series of injuries.
In the interview, McCall also evinced his frustration with the Reebok deal — which led to “hideous” uniforms, as he puts it — as well as a lack of promotion for his flyweight division, and a general lack of compensation.
However, he’s still under contract with the UFC; and he says, “I still want to fight” — perhaps it’s just a matter of how badly, and how much his body can take.