A week after announcing his release from the UFC on The MMA Hour, “Uncle Creepy” has found a new home. Ian McCall (13-5) has been revealed as a wildcard participant in the already underway RizinFF Bantamweight Grand-Prix.
McCall will face Manel “Prodigio” Kape (7-1) in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Kape TKO’d Erson Yamamoto in the first round over the weekend; solidifying his spot in the quarterfinals. The next round takes place on December 29th, 2017 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The finals and semifinals will take place on December 31st. By the time it’s all said and done, the winner will have fought three times in two days.
Rest of the Grand Prix Contestants
– Former UFC flyweight title contender Kyoji Horiguchi (20-2)
– Undefeated Khalid Taha (11-0)
– Bantamweight King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari (23-6-4)
– Kevin Petshi (13-3)
– Takafumi Otsuka (23-13-1).
McCall hasn’t competed since a unanimous decision loss to John Lineker in 2015 due to a preposterous string of bad luck. Following the loss, McCall’s next four scheduled bouts were canceled for a variety of reasons, leaving him inactive the entirety of 2016. He was then set to meet Jarred Brooks earlier this year only to pull out the day of the fight because of gastrointestinal illness.
Prior to his release from UFC, McCall told ESPN that he would not fight for less than $100,000. He stated that being a former world champion making $16,000 to show and $16,000 win was “pretty gross”. The UFC was not willing to meet his demands and granted his release from the promotion.