Speaking on this week’s Talking Brawls MMA.com podcast, Ian McCall (13-5-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) said he is still unsure if he will ever return to the Octagon. The top-ranked flyweight said it’s probably ‘wishful thinking,’ but is still aiming at getting back in the cage.
McCall joined Niall McGrath to talk about an number of issues, including; Jon Jones, business, Demetrious Johnson, family life & more.
The Orange County native has endured a number of injuries since his UFC debut back in 2012, and has also undergone the knife on his hip, hand and most recently, shoulder.
“We have really heavy Saturday sparring, and I haven’t made it through an entire Saturday since I’ve had surgery.”
The 125er’ believes an accumulation of injuries has led to a change in career direction. McCall is launching a podcast and has featured a number of times on the Joe Rogan podcast. The Team Oyama product is also coaching in his longtime gym with head coach, Colin Oyama.
“I’m trying to really start a new career in broadcasting and radio, under the tutelage of people like Joe Rogan.”
“Uncle Creepy” hasn’t fought since January of last year, where he dropped a decision to John Lineker at UFC 183. McCall said he wants to fight again in July against Paddy Holohan, Neil Seery or Dustin Ortiz but believes it may be ‘Wishful thinking.’
“I’m going crazy. I want to fight, so bad. I said the other day that I’d give my life to fight again (laughs), which I wouldn’t. God, I miss it so much. I was explaining it to some of the younger fighters the other day. I get so wrapped up in it, that specific thing; the sound, the walk out, you can feel it in your skin and especially fighting out in Dublin. God, damn. You guys were wild. Sitting in the bowels of the building, feeling the reverberation. You guys hit some serious octave out there. It was incredible, that’s the best drug in the world. That will never leave me. I want to do that forever, will I be able to, no, and that’s cool. I’ll hopefully be able to push young fighter to that limit.”
The 25er’ fought in the first ever UFC flyweight fight against current UFC champion Demetrious Johnson. McCall should have won the fight, but the bout was scored a draw after the judges marked the scorecards incorrectly. McCall has also endured well documented mental and addiction problems outside of the cage.
“Everyone knows how good I am, or how good I could be. I’ve had mental stuff, I’ve had a physical breakdown, to have to sit back and worry about my brain. I still speak well, though I do forget things but I don’t know if that’s because I’m a big stoner. Things worry you as a parent, I’m suppost to act as a grown up.”
Although he is eager to re-establish himself in the UFC, the popular flyweight remains realistic about the situation.
” I guess it’s just wishful thinking, realistically, but I’ve got to think that way.”
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