Back when the UFC was going all-in on the new flyweight division, it was all about some dude named Demetrious Johnson scrapping with some dude named Ian McCall.
These gentlemen were the considered the best in the world at that weight, and it showed. They were frenetic, fantastic, and eventually fought to a draw. Johnson won the rematch, went on to dominate the weight class, and “Uncle Creepy”…. well, thanks to a nonstop series of injuries that kept him on the sidelines, he sort of fizzled out.
More recently, McCall tried his luck with the RIZIN tournament in Japan, but that didn’t go so well for him, either.
And now, with an appearance on “The MMA Hour” today, McCall has retired.
“I’m retiring finally, I think people have been waiting for this for a long time,” McCall said. “I’m done. This sport has taken so much from me — I shouldn’t say it’s taken, I’ve given this sport so much. And sure, I was the best in the world years ago and sure, people keep bringing up my ‘Al Bundy’ moment about beating Demetrious (Johnson), ‘Oh, you’re the guy, blah blah blah.’
“I’ve had a good run, it’s been fun, but at the same time, it’s over. After enough shenanigans that I’ve been through, I think physically I could still do it. Physically I go in the gym, I train hard. I beat people up, I have a good time, I love doing it, but with my luck and I hate to be the guy that’s like, ‘It always happens to me, the bad things always happen to me,’ well they kind of do in this sport. … I’m not gaining ground, I’m not getting closer to being the best in the world. The steps are getting farther and farther away and I’m not in this to be anything but the best in the world. And if I cannot compete at that level of the best in the world, then it’s just not worth it for me.”