Ian McCall was supposed to fight Dustin Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 73 but sadly had to pull out due to injury. McCall (13-5) caught up with MMAOddsBreaker on Episode 115 of The Parting Shot Podcast that Sunday to talk about his latest injury. Injury that compelled him from Dustin Ortiz fight at UFC Fight Night 73″I have a tear in my shoulder, in my labrum and a tear in my bicep. I mean I’m literally in the doctors now talking about it. It’s exactly what it is, we train hard and I am brittle apparently. I must pull from a lot of s**t. It sucks, but when you train as hard as I do and you’ve been doing so as long as I do, its part of the match .” Career Plagued with Injuries”My UFC profession has been only been plagued with injuries and it’s frustrating. This is my main source of income, I still have other things I do however, that is my principal source. I have a little girl to feed, that I feed my own and it sucks. But on another note, this really is my passion; this is what I really like to do. I am 31 years old, I am not getting younger I’ve been in fights for 13 years. To watch my body neglect me time and time again it is hard. It’s one of these things it makes you question a lot. I am such a healthy person, my household is like amazingly healthy, and you know my daughter has to have a really strict diet. I have had my hip, groin tear, that can be bad. I am sure I’ll need to get a hip replacement . I’ve had three hand surgeries. I got into an automobile crash not too long ago and messed up my shoulder. It is always a thing, but it is far better than having an actual job.” Getting Positive and Optimistic”A lot of my life I have been a pessimist to become honest. I look at it in different ways, it might be worse, I could be dead. I could have lost full use of my arm or whatever. There are a lot of things I consider. I have to keep a positive mindset because I have to be a fantastic role model for team-mates along with my little one. It is one of those things I’m not going to sit around and sulk. That’s what it is, I’ll be al right.” Ideas on Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson II at UFC 191″Demetrious is ever evolving and I believe that today he’s found a bit more power in his punches. His entire game is constantly changing and getting better. I think he will conquer Dodson, is he likely to finish [him]? I don’t know. I believe this will be one guy he’ll have a hard time finishing. He finished Horoguchi with one second left, and as much as I wish to beat his face in, he is outstanding. He is the exact man you want as champion when it comes to performance. I’m going to go with him this one for sure.” Loss to John Lineker”Oh man that was huge. I got too emotional; I showed the very first round I could definitely overcome him. People were just like’Oh he is a bantamweight’ I don’t care; the man still isn’t very good I must have overcome him. I think I showed that you are not likely to knock me out even though you are a big puncher. My face is going to split open until you knock me out and that is exactly what happened. With me it is outside matters, they constantly distract me, girl issues or what have you. I just kind of fell apart after that round. I am smart enough to know that I was going to lose that fight sitting . Anthony Kiedis and Dane White came about and said hi and I am just kind of love, I’m screwed. That was a psychological thing, that has always been my biggest downfall. I have a new mental coach, he’s my thoughts Sherpa. He’s overall made me a much better person. As far as my optimism goes, he is a large part of it” Feeling Overlooked at Flyweight Division”I wouldn’t say overlooked, there’s other people to discuss. I blew it with John; I screwed up in this fight. So perhaps I do not deserve to be talked about it. Let’s state this harm is 6 months, they’ll talk about me after that, that is fine. There are other people that deserve it. It does matter how good I could be or how good I am, it’s not my turn. DJ needs people to struggle, the branch needs people to move and shake and create a big stink. I do not mind it, it’s cool, anything.” Raising a daughter as a single father”Yeah it’s not simple; realistically I do not know anything about girls. I understand how to get one in bed that’s about it. I sit there sometimes and stare at her like’what’s going on?’ Do not cut your hair, don’t put soap in places, like I do not know. Realistically I have a lot help, I live with my father. My father got a divorce, he explained proceed in, and I’ll help you out. My daddy’s retired so he sort of plays mommy on a daily basis. My step mom is still around; my daughter’s grandma is around so that I do have a lot of assistance. So I am not going to say I’m doing this alone, because I’m not. It requires a village to raise a baby and I got a village of folks around me. Even if there are times where I must take her into the gym, there’s always some one there. She’s pretty damn independent I can take her to the beach; she can run around and swim on her own. She’s going to be fine.” UFC Reebok Uniforms”I’d like to work for a fashion design company; the sole real fighters I hang out with are people I’m forced to hang out my friends. I hang out with artists, fashion designers, artists and musicians and materials. They’re hideous, such as Jose Aldo stated we look like f***kin Power Rangers. The gear is really comfy; clearly Reebok makes a great product. I really don’t know who made the design, no matter what generation we’re in 80’s 90’s, which doesn’t match anything, it’s just ugly. But maybe I’m wrong; perhaps I’m searching for something a little cooler looking. Its functionality based equipment; that is all that matters. It’s an evolution of the sport. We needed it to shine, sure we’re not going to have paid that much cash but it’s what it is. In case you have a issue then stop, these are the amounts we have to manage. Now if you’re smart and you can market yourself and advertise yourself in ways like I’ve. I have outside sponsors; I’ve Layrite, which is like a hair and mustache product. I have got a lot of clothing and lifestyle businesses. I receive a good deal of exposure from stuff like that. People today will need to know t to step away from the box, make money for themselves and also have a smart agent.” Thoughts on Reebok Deal”Yeah that would have been nice, but at exactly the exact same time they run a business. They operate a multi-billion dollar company that’s a premiere sports league. If you find the machine which is your UFC, from the inside it’s incredible. The people are excellent; the business design is just remarkable. I would never say anything bad about the way that it’s all run, it is amazing if you appreciate business. The matter is they didn’t need to consult us since it’s their business. We are a commodity; as far as I wish to say trendy we should be earning money like baseball, football and basketball. Because we should we are really putting our lives at stake. But we are not and I do not wish to quote Urijah Faber, he stated’I never got into this for the money’ frankly I catch it, I’m a businessman.” Outside sponsors”Financially I am always going to be fine. I’m going to find methods [to earn money]. I have a portion of a social networking company, I have a show that I host called Direct Endorsement, also it’s a significant charity thing. I have other stuff that is likely to make me money, therefore I will be fine. I really do feel for men that don’t have much else or guys that are not that smart. But that’s their own fault, figure it out it’s not rocket science” Being on Joe Rogan’s”Fight Companion” show”Yeah I was speaking to Joe not too long ago. I have a developing friendship with Joe for a long time, we constantly talk about it but it’s a little bit of a drive out of my house with all the visitors. I will be up there shortly, I have to do some things in the area so that I’ll be on there soon.” You follow Ian on Twitter @Unclecreepymma along with his host DirectEndorcements.com. You can listen to the full audio version of the meeting on Episode 115 of this Parting Shot Podcast that Sunday.
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