Ian McCall became ill after Friday’s weigh-ins. | Leonardo Fabri/Sherdog.com
Ian McCall has been forced to withdraw from his proposed flyweight co-headlining bout against John Lineker at UFC Fight Night in Uberlandia, Brazil, due to illness.
UFC President Dana White tweeted that McCall might be a no-go on Friday night, and promotion officials later confirmed McCall’s withdrawal. As a result, Saturday’s card will move forward with 10 bouts, with a welterweight showdown between Warley Alves and Alan Jouban moving into the co-main event slot.
McCall became ill after Friday’s weigh-ins. According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, “Uncle Creepy” was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a viral infection. It is currently unknown whether McCall-Linker will be rescheduled for a future card.
The 30-year-old McCall has won two straight fights to climb back into title contention in the flyweight division. He last competed at UFC Fight Night “McGregor vs. Brandao,” where he took a unanimous decision victory over Brad Pickett.
Lineker, 24, is 5-2 in the Octagon overall. In his most recent outing, the Brazilian known as “Hands of Stone” stopped Alptekin Ozkilic in the third round at UFC Fight Night “Cerrone vs. Miller.”