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Marijuana mogul, UFC flyweight Ian McCall could leave 'horrible, financially ruined' sport of MMA

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The days of seeing Ian McCall competing inside the Octagon could potentially be coming to an end.

That's because "Uncle Creepy" will soon be making plenty of cash as co-manager to a marijuana dispensary in California, to the point where he may not need fighting as a primary source of income. That said, leaving MMA won't be a result of lost passion, but rather financial ruin.

From his conversation with MMA Junkie:

"Our sport's in ruin, financially. Our sport sucks. It's not what it used to be. It's not what it was five years ago. It's not even what it is when I first got to the UFC. It's horrible, as far as finances. So I've got to get another job, just like many other fighters. This one could take me away from MMA. If I make enough money to where I don't have to fight, then fuck it, I'm not going to fight. I want to fight. Fighting's my passion. I'm still going to fight because I love it, but if I'm making half a million dollars a year -- one million dollars a year, whatever -- why would I fight? Why wouldn't I just train and be a martial artist at my gym and train other fighters? It's fun to fight on TV, and it's fun to fight for the UFC, but they're just so corporate. It's just such big business now that it's not fun, having to deal with all the other shit. We have to jump through all these hoops to do all this shit, and yet, we don't make any money. If you paid me a couple of million dollars a year, I'll fucking do whatever you want. If I was making MLB money or NBA money, okay, sure, I'll be your whipping boy. But you're going to enforce all these laws on me and not pay me anything? That's bullshit. I'm not blaming the UFC or (UFC President) Dana (White). It's just how the sport evolved. It evolved like a big, big sport, yet we don't make that kind of money."

Of course, McCall isn't 100-percent sure his business will boom when it opens next year.

But if it is and the cash starts rolling in, McCall -- who hasn't competed since a unanimous decision loss to John Lineker back in January -- is adamant he won't necessarily call it quits from MMA right away. Because at the end of the day, no business is guaranteed ongoing success.

Even if it already has a built-in customer base.

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