Ian McCall retires from MMA at age 33

Monday, May 21, 2018

Ian McCall has retired from fighting, at the age of 33. The announcement came during an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour.

“I’m retiring finally,” said McCall, as transcribed by Tristen Critchfield for Sherdog. “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, ‘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.”

McCall retires with a career record of 13-7-1. The (1) was perhaps his greatest moment. ‘Uncle Creepy’ was part of a four-man tournament to crown the inaugural UFC flyweight champion, and drew with current P4P #1 Demetrious Johnson in the first flyweight fight in UFC history.

Unfortunately, it was initially announced that Johnson had won via Majority Decision, so the bout didn’t go into overtime, and McCall had the momentum in the final round. It was later determined that there was a tabulation error. That piece of impossibly bad luck is characteristic of his career, with countless fights cancelled due to medical and other issues, by McCall, and sometimes his opponents.

The UnderGround wishes McCall every success in his future endeavors. He’s earned it.