Flyweight Ian McCall entered his UFC 163 bout with his head on the proverbial chopping block. After arriving in the UFC back in 2012 as the Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight Champion, his credentials earned him a slot in the UFC’s inaugural flyweight tournament. The MMA gods (or more accurately the Australian athletic commission) would spite him in his UFC debut, as a scoring calculation error deprived him of a fourth round against current champion Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. While most non-title or non-main event fights are scheduled for just three rounds, the UFC adopted a special ruling for their tournament set-up. If a fight were to be scored a draw after three rounds, a deciding fourth round would be in play. Human oversight cost him this opportunity, as the fight was initially declared a split decision victory in favor of his opponent. It was later revealed that the fight scores were added incorrectly, and the result after three rounds should have been a majority draw. McCall’s psyche never quite recovered, as he dropped his following two matches, including a rematch against his former competitor and now champion.
A three fight losing skid often means a pink-slip, and McCall operated in his recent bout with a sense of reckless abandon. He landed extremely crisp combinations, and used his speedy footwork to earn a unanimous decision victory against Brazilian opponent Iliarde Santos. The victory now seems even more impressive, as a photo published to his Instagram account would reveal a significant injury sustained in the first round of the bout.
We here at SciFighting wish him a speedy recover. The win puts him back on track in the division, and he now has the opportunity to once again stake his claim as a top flyweight contender. The injury is an unfortunate set back for the nascent division, but the win should allow him a fight against another top-tier opponent once he is able to come off the shelf.