Ian McCall pulled from UFC 208

The flyweight fighter has been forced out of tonight's UFC 208 event after falling ill overnight after making weight yesterday for his prelim bout with Jared Brooks.

This is just the latest incident to prevent McCall from competing after his last four bouts have also fallen apart within days of the event taking place.

Without sufficient time to secure a replacement opponent for Brooks, UFC 208 will go ahead as a 10-bout card.

This led to numerous reports surfacing that McCall had been pulled from the event due to being hospitalized, marking the fifth time in a row that the popular flyweight had a fight cancelled.

McCall has been struck by bad luck over the past two years. Injury and illness forced the American to withdraw from several fights, while he has seen opponents pull out due to illness, weight-cutting issues and bereavement. In July 2016, McCall was scheduled to face Justin Scoggins.

Dropping a decision to perennial contender #JosephBenavidez forced McCall further down the flyweight rankings, but by late 2014, "Uncle Creepy" seemed destined for a third bout with Johnson, following two-straight victories. Two months later, McCall and Neil Seery were schedule to fight.

McCall, who hasn't fought since January 2015, was due to take on Jarred Brooks in a flyweight bout in Brooklyn. He was set to return in July of past year until weight-cutting problems suffered by opponent Justin Scoggins saw their fight scratched from UFC 201 on just two days' notice.

We would like to wish Ian McCall a speedy recovery, and hope he is able to return to the Octagon soon!

  • Julie Sanders