Flyweight division competitor Ian McCall has been granted a release by the UFC, the fighter has been with the promotion since UFC On FX 2 in March of 2012.
It was McCall who announced his free agent status on a recent appearance on The MMA Hour.
“I’m a free agent now. If I’m gonna fight, I want to fight for at least $100,000. 50 and 50 is fine,” McCall said. “I’m gonna take this, go to a different market and see if it works.”
During his stint with the UFC, the flyweight fighter earned his only wins in the promotion over Iliarde Santos and Brad Pickett.
McCall hasn’t fought in the UFC since UFC 183 in January 2015 in a decision loss to John Lineker that night for the fighter.
The newly minted free agent did compete in the four man tournament to crown the first UFC Flyweight Champion, losing to Demetrious Johnson in the opening round.
Health issues have been hampering the fighter in recent years, leading to a plethora of his fights being canceled.
“Most people don’t know I ended up in the hospital six times in the last year,” McCall said. “It just doesn’t seem worth it to me.”
There is no word yet on where McCall could sign with or fight at next. Bellator MMA is the biggest competitor to the UFC at the moment, but they did not have a flyweight division at this time.