June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Ian McCall reacts after losing to Demetrious Johnson (not pictured) during their UFC bout at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
After being picked up by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents on Aug. 14, 2012, "Uncle Creepy' was apprehended, booked and sentenced to serve 30 days in jail for his infractions. After being released early on Aug., 20, McCall took to his Twitter account to announce his freedom and intention to get back on the mixed martial arts (MMA) grind.
Serving half a month in jail was a trying time for Ian, especially being away from his family and having to bunk with convicted felons instead of being with the ones he loves and cares for the most.
Appearing on the most recent edition of "The MMA Hour," McCall details the ‘embarrassing' arrest he endured in front of his wife and daughter due to ‘stupid' cops thinking he was a drug dealer and reveals when we might see him back inside the Octagon.
Make the jump to hear from "Uncle Creepy" himself:
"They thought I was a drug dealer. Don't know why. Well, actually, I know why. Someone that doesn't like me told them I was a drug dealer. An actual drug dealer that doesn't like me got busted -- I've seen the paperwork -- and said ‘oh, he's a drug dealer too.' And they came over to my house and they didn't find any drugs, they didn't find any text messages, they didn't find anything bad. So they're like ‘okay, you're not a drug dealer, but your probation officer said to come get you anyways because you have a suspended license.' It was embarrassing. Them taking me away in front of my daughter and my wife. They tore my house apart, they tore my car apart. I guess they were following me from the gym, and they said, ‘oh, it would be more embarrassing if you got arrested in front of your gym.' Well I'd much rather be arrested in front of my gym, where my coach is a lawyer, compared to me being arrested at my house, in front of my neighbors and my daughter. I don't know. Cops are stupid, and they really just wanted to come to the house and search the house. But, again, I'm not a drug dealer and I'm not being charged with selling drugs."
Ian recounts the struggles he endured while in jail, unable to gain any sleep during his incarceration:
"I couldn't sleep in there. I got maybe like an hour of sleep a day, for the first ten days. I remember just sitting up and I was like, ‘What the hell am I doing here? I don't belong here. This isn't where I'm supposed to be right now. I should be at the gym, at least getting punched in the face, if not punching someone in the face. I'm supposed to be doing better things with my life, and creating a life for my family.' Any matter of time is a long time when you're away from your daughter and your wife. Even one night is too much. It's definitely not a place I ever want to go back to."
Itching to kick start his fighting career again, McCall eyes an early 2013 return to action, before setting his sights on a title shot:
"There's nothing set in stone. I wanted to fight in November, but I think because of the UFC 151 debacle, I won't be able to fight until January. But there's a lot of flyweight fights coming up until then, so, I don't mean to be mean, but hopefully someone breaks a pinky toe or something so I can step in and hurt somebody. I have to build. I have to beat up whoever they put in front of me and I have to do it convincingly. Otherwise, someone else will pass me up. So I have to go out and I have to really, really, really put the beating on a couple people, and hopefully, I'll get a title shot against whoever wins."
After coming up short in his bid to earn the right to vie for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) first-ever flyweight title against Demetrious Johnson back on June 8 at : "Johnson vs. McCall," Ian looks to start his climb back up the 125-pound weight class, sooner rather than later.
First things first, however, as the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veteran has to win a fight or two before he can look ahead to a title fight of his own.
Who do you feel would be a good match-up for the scrappy flyweight in his return to action?