Ian McCall (photo courtesy of Iridium Sports)Widely regarded as one of the top flyweights in the world, Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall (11-2) has changed his life for the better when he heads into Friday night’s UFC on FX 2 against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

At one point in time, the 27-year-old was seemingly down on his luck after going through a divorce, tough losses in the WEC, hanging with a bad crowd, and facing a drug addiction.

Just as you thought things couldn’t get any darker for the young man, it did, when McCall stared death in the face when he overdosed on a mixture of oxycontin, xanax, and GHB. He was even pronounced dead at one point.

After regaining consciousness, Uncle Creepy’s brother gave him a tough love speech that shook him to his core.  McCall took the speech to heart and changed his life for the better. McCall is now a happy father and has defeated Darrel Montague and former top flyweight Jussier da Silva to rise to the top of the division.

McCall’s turnaround is nothing short of amazing, but what he wants everyone to take from his battles with drugs and a painful divorce, is that you can always break free, get the help you need, and put your life on a better path.

“I was very mentally weak, even in my WEC days,” McCall told MMAWeekly Radio.

“I was a train wreck.  I just taught myself through things like rehab, through books, and seeing a sports psychologist and just teaching myself to be strong.  I’ve literally been at the very bottom.  I’ve been dead at one time.  Anyone can get out of their hole and change their life.  If I can change anyone, I’m excited with my story.”

Now on the path to capturing a UFC championship, McCall has a chance to culminate all his hard work with a brighter tomorrow.  In McCall’s path to the top, is former No. 1 bantamweight contender Demetrious Johnson in the UFC flyweight tournament.

As for the fight itself, McCall believes that he and Johnson will have a calculated, strategic fight. It will all come down to McCall’s unorthodox striking against Mighty Mouse.

“It’s going to be a good technical fight and I believe it’s something that’s not going to end quickly.  I can see it going into the later rounds and I think I will eventually frustrate and catch Demetrious and finish the fight.”

On Friday night live on FX, if Ian McCall can get past Demetrious Johnson, he can continue to shine more light on what was once a dark and dreary life.

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