Ian McCall Details UFC 208 Withdrawal


Ian McCall may be the unluckiest fighter in MMA history, as his pull out at UFC 208 was the fifth straight fight that he was supposed to compete in that got canceled.

The UFC veteran recently appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, where he explained that his problems began the day before the fight at UFC 208.

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“I’ve never made weight that easy in my entire career. You ask anybody, usually you stop drinking water 24 hours out from weigh-ins. I cut weight Thursday night and it was going so well that I had five glasses of ice water throughout the night. So then I figured I could eat a little bit. So I tried to eat a little bit of salad and I threw that up. But I figured that was just the dressing or something messing my stomach up. So I had at least a cup of almonds, about five cups of water, I cut the rest in the morning and then when I was trying to gain weight back my body wouldn’t. I couldn’t hold on to anything. I kept throwing up everything...By the next morning, I had still only gained five pounds. Everything I tried to eat, I threw up. And I was throwing up in front of all the other fighters. Every single chance we ended up having to be in a group in public, I ended up f**king throwing up. I asked them, I’m like. ‘Listen, just let me fight...’ And they looked at me like, ‘No dude, you need to go to the hospital.’ Then they were gonna do emergency gallbladder surgery which they didn’t have to do thank god. This whole thing scared the s**t out of me. When the doctor says, ‘Oh well you could die, you never know,’ I’m like, what the f**k do you mean you never know?,” says McCall.

At UFC 208, before the fight cancellation, McCall was set to fight Jarred Brooks. It has been more than a week  since the UFC 208 bout was scheduled to go down, but McCall is still having some issues with his health.

“[My gallbladder] was super shrunk - contracted. I guess [from the dehydration]. And then they saw shadowing and some other stuff [on the tests] and they thought I had gall stones... Then they did a more advanced version of the ultrasound and they didn’t see anything so they didn’t have to do [surgery]. So basically we’re just running tests, been running tests all week. I’m still skinny. I went home a day later than I was supposed to go home and I was still under 135 pounds - 132 pounds. I wasn’t able to hold food down until Tuesday. My body just f**kin’ failed me,” says McCall.

McCall is a former Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight Champion and alongside Demetrious Johnson, competed in the first ever flyweight main event fight in UFC history.

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