UFC flyweight Ian McCall is on the cusp of an incredibly important bout with Joseph Benavidez at UFC 156. The two are set to tussle with a likely title-shot on the line considering the relatively shallow nature of the divisional pool. However, McCall will enter the evening in the midst of a fight far more personal than the one he’s been attempting to focus on for the past few months.
The 28-year old recently admitted his marriage is crumbling, trying to find a few silver linings around an otherwise sad situation during a recent interview with MMASucka.
“It’s been a tough one. I’m a little banged up but that’s a camp. Been going through a lot on a personal note. It’ll all unfold sooner or later, but at least I have the gym – that’s my happy place at the moment. So as much drama as I’ve been dealing with outside, I have this place to make me happy, and at least I’m focused here,” explained McCall. “I’m in super-good shape. I’m 10X lighter than I was last camp. My ‘man-arexia’ is kicking in well. I don’t if it’s the personal problems not making me eat as much or what but at least my weight’s down and my energy’s up.”
“It’s all home stuff. I don’t live at home anymore. I’m separated, probably getting a divorce,” he continued. “I just want to get this over with, and be free and just be happy, finally…get it over with so I can fix my life.”
The 11-3-1 McCall has yet to notch a win inside the Octagon after coming into the promotion as one of the top 125ers in MMA. He fought to a Draw with now-champion Demetrious Johnson in his UFC debut and then lost a decision in the rematch.
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