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Once upon a time, Ian McCall was considered one of the best flyweights in the world, and it was a reputation gained from kicking a lot of ass. But somewhere around the time the UFC began acknowledging the 125 pounders of the world with a weight class of their own, McCall fell off the face of the Earth.

“Uncle Creepy” was on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” yesterday to talk about what happened, and it’s more than a little heartbreaking to hear a once-great fighter talk with such regret.

“I don’t want to say anything bad about the UFC,” McCall said. “The UFC has taken care of me since day one. They’ve never wronged me, they’ve never done anything bad. This is my own fault. This is my own doing. Picking this sport as a profession … overdosing on drugs when I was down and out. There’s a lot wrong with my brain, it’s not just the punching. And on top of that 15 years of fighting professionally isn’t good for you.

“I don’t know if I’ll fight again. I have to figure out these issues. We still have no idea what’s wrong with my stomach. Doctors haven’t been able to figure out anything really, so I’m on my own. I’m sitting here trying this brain stimulation treatment for six weeks and hopefully it works.”

McCall was supposed to fight Jarred Brooks in February, only to withdraw with gastrointestinal issues the day of the fight. That’s the least of his worries, though. He’s more disturbed by irregularities in his brain activity, including being forgetful, experiencing bouts of rage, bi-polar symptoms, and “out-of-nowhere crying.”