Former Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion and UFC flyweight contender Ian McCall has retired from fighting after 21 bouts and 16 years competing in mixed martial arts.
“I’m retiring, finally. I think people have been waiting for this for a long time,” McCall announced on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I’m done. This sport has taken so much from me. I shouldn’t say that it’s taken. I’ve given this sport so much.”
McCall made his professional debut in August 2002. He went on to compete in World Extreme Cagefighting and won the TPF flyweight title in 2011.
He debuted in the UFC in 2012 against Demetrious Johnson. Johnson was originally announced as the winner due to a scoring error. The fight should have gone to a fourth and deciding round, but the error wasn’t caught until after the event. With the fight ruled a majority draw, the two fought in a rematch three months later with Johnson winning by unanimous decision.
“I had a good run. It’s been fun, but at the same time, it’s over,” said McCall.
The 33-year-old fought on May 6 at Rizin 10 in Japan losing to Kyoji Horiguchi by knockout in nine seconds. It was then that McCall made the decision to hang up his gloves and pursue another career.
“Uncle Creepy’s” career record stands at 13-7-1.