Here we go again. Ian McCall will be forced out of his bout with Jarred Brooks later this evening (Sat., Feb. 11, 2017) at UFC 208 from Brooklyn, New York, due to an illness. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced the news earlier today, while Champions was the first to report it.
"McCall was transported to a local hospital with gastrointestinal issues and was pulled from the card on the doctor's recommendation," according to the UFC statement.
It is absolutely unfathomable that yet another one of McCall's fights could be cancelled, but here we are. The news comes just hours away from his preliminary scrap with fellow flyweight Brooks, who will now be yanked from the card entirely. Sadly, this is McCall's fifth-straight fight that has been cancelled for one reason or another. Here is a quick rundown of all of those occurrences:
- UFC Fight Night 73 vs. Dustin Ortiz (McCall pulled out one month prior to the event due to injury)
- UFC 201 vs. Justin Scoggins (Scoggins pulled out two days prior to the event due to missing weight)
- UFC 203 vs. Ray Borg (Borg pulled out three days prior to the event due to illness)
- UFC Fight Night 99 vs. Neil Seery (McCall pulled out one day prior to the event due to illness)
- UFC 208 vs. Jarred Brooks (McCall pulled out day of the event due to illness)
At this point, it seems likely that McCall is giving something up with his body when he makes these weight cuts. He has obviously experienced some bad luck with opponents along the way, but this is becoming a normal occurrence.
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