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.

Follow Andrew Gladstone at @gladstone1 on Twitter.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Khabib Nurmagomedov Twitter Trolls Donald Cerrone on His Birthday

  • 26 days ago
  • 55 views

Khabib Nurmagomedov has been flexing his Twitter game as of late. In addition to being one of the fastest-rising talents in the ranks of the UFC lightweight division, the 26-year-old Dagestani has al read news >>

Commission: Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice won't happen unless both fighters pass drug tests

  • 26 days ago
  • 19 views

A lot of fight fans said that Ken Shamrock's exploding biceps (see them here) were the result of training and nutrition, as well as a fisheye lens, and not performance-enhancing drugs, something that read news >>

Ken Shamrock, Kimbo Slice will have to pass out-of-competition drug tests before Bellator fight

  • 26 days ago
  • 30 views

A fight between Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice was scheduled for seven years ago and didn't happen. For it to go down this time, there will be some hurdles. Shamrock and Slice are set to meet in the ma read news >>

Drug Test? Injury? Chael Sonnen says UFC 187's Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson 'won't happen, mark my words'

  • 26 days ago
  • 51 views

Chael Sonnen gave interesting answers about Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson and Anderson Silva's failed drug test Chael Sonnen was on Reddit for one of their 'Ask Me Anything' sessions, and the former read news >>

All UFC 185 Fighters Drug Tested, No Positive Results

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

All 24 fighters on the recent UFC 185: Pettis vs. dos Anjos fight card were drug tested, and all of them returned negative results. read news >>

UFC 184 Drug Tests All Come Back Clean Despite One Abnormal Result

  • 27 days ago
  • 156 views

Every fighter on the UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano fight card was drug tested, and as of Monday morning, all of them produced negative results. read news >>

All drug test results from UFC 185 return negative

  • 27 days ago
  • 12 views

There were no positive tests for illegal substances from UFC 185. MMAFighting.com obtained copies of the results from drug tests administered after UFC 185 on March 14 in Dallas and none of the 24 fi read news >>

UFC 185 drug test results are in ... (gulp)

  • 27 days ago
  • 24 views

I've got bad news for all the butthurt Anthony Pettis fans, particularly those hoping new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos was fighting dirty. Sorry, but the read news >>

UFC 184, UFC 185 drug tests clean; second test clears undisclosed fighter

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

No failed drug tests resulted from UFC 184 and UFC 185, according to the event’s overseeing athletic commissions. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>