Ian McCall was slated 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 discuss his latest injury. Injury that forced him out of 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 physicians now talking about it. It’s what it is, we train hard and I am brittle apparently. I have to pull out of a good deal of s**t. It stinks, but when you train as hard as I do and you have been doing this as long as I do, its part of the game.” Career Plagued with Injuries”My UFC career has been just been plagued with injuries and it’s frustrating. This is my chief source of income, I have other things I do but that is my principal source. I’ve got a little girl to feed, I feed on my own and it stinks. However, on a different note, this really is my passion; this is what I really like to perform. I’m 31 years old, I am not getting younger I’ve been in struggles for 13 years. To watch my body fail me time and time again it’s hard. It is one of those things it makes you question a good deal. I’m such a healthy individual, my loved ones is like amazingly healthy, and you know my kid has to have a very strict diet. I’ve had my hip, groin tear, which can be bad. I am sure I’ll need to get a hip replacement . I have had three hand surgeries. I got into an automobile crash not long ago and messed up my shoulder. It is always a thing, but it is far better than having an actual job.” Being Positive and Optimistic”Most of my life I have been a pessimist to become honest. I look at it in different ways, it could be worse, I could be dead. I could have lost complete use of my arm or anything. There are a whole lot of things I look at. I must keep a positive attitude because I have to be a fantastic role model for team-mates along with my child. It’s one of these things I am not going to sit around and sulk. That’s what it is, I will be al right.” Ideas on Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson II at UFC 191″Demetrious is ever evolving and I think that today he’s found a little more power in his punches. His entire game is always changing and becoming better. I believe he will beat Dodson, is he going to complete [him]? I really don’t understand. I believe this will be one guy he will have a hard time finishing. He ended Horoguchi with one minute left, and as much as I want to beat his face , he’s outstanding. He’s the exact guy you want as winner when it comes to performance. I’m likely to go together on this one for sure.” Loss to John Lineker”Oh man that has been enormous. I got overly emotional; I showed the first round I could definitely overcome him. People were like’Oh he is a bantamweight’ I do not care; the man still isn’t very good I must have beat him. I believe I showed that you are not going to knock me out even though you are a big puncher. My face is going to split open before you knock me out and that is precisely what occurred. With me it is outside things, they always distract me, woman issues or what have you. I just sort of dropped after that round. I’m smart enough to understand I was going to lose that fight sitting backstage. Anthony Kiedis and Dane White came about and said hi and I am just kind of like, I’m screwed. That was a mental thing, that has always been my biggest downfall. I have a brand new mental coach, he’s my mind Sherpa. He’s overall made me a better person. As far as my optimism goes, he is a big part of it” Feeling Overlooked at Flyweight Division”I would not say overlooked, there is other people to discuss. I blew it with John; I screwed up in that struggle. So perhaps I don’t deserve to be talked about it. Let’s state this injury is just 6 months, they’ll talk about me then, that is fine. You can find other people that deserve it. It does matter how good I can be or how good I am, it’s not my turn. DJ needs people to struggle, the branch needs people to shake and move and make a big jolt. I don’t mind it, it is cool, whatever.” Raising a daughter as a single father”Yeah it is not easy; realistically I don’t know anything about girls. I know how to get one in mattress that’s about it. I sit there sometimes and stare at her like’what’s happening?’ Don’t cut your own hair, do not put soap in places, like I don’t understand. Realistically I’ve a lot help, I live with my father. My father got a divorce, he explained proceed in, and I will assist you. My dad’s retired so he sort of plays mommy on a daily basis. My step mother is still about; my daughter’s grandma is around so I do have a great deal of assistance. So I am not going to say I am doing this alone, because I’m not. It takes a village to raise a kid and I got a village of folks around me. Even if there are days where I must take her into the gym, there is always someone there. She is pretty damn independent I will take her to the shore; she can run around and swim on her own. She is going to be fine.” UFC Reebok Uniforms”I’d like to work for a fashion design firm; the sole fighters I hang out with are either people I am forced to hang out with or my buddies. I hang out with artists, fashion designers and musicians and materials. They are hideous, such as Jose Aldo stated we seem like f***kin Power Rangers. The gear is really comfy; obviously Reebok makes a fantastic product. I really don’t know who left the design, no matter what generation we’re in 80’s 90’s, that doesn’t match anything, it’s just ugly. But perhaps I’m wrong; maybe I am searching for something a bit cooler looking. Its functionality based equipment; that’s all that matters. It is an evolution of the sport. We needed it to shine, sure we’re not likely to get paid that much money but it’s what it is. In case you’ve got a issue then stop, these are the numbers we have to manage. Now if you are smart and you can market yourself and advertise yourself in ways like I have. I have external sponsors; I’ve Layrite, that is like a hair and mustache merchandise. I have got a great deal of clothing and lifestyle companies. I get a good deal of exposure from stuff like that. People today need to know t to step outside the box, make money for themselves and have a smart agent.” Thoughts on Reebok Deal”Yeah that would have been fine, but at the same time they run a business. They run a multi-billion dollar corporation that’s a premiere sports league. If you see the machine that is your UFC, in the inside it’s incredible. The people are excellent; the business design is just amazing. I wouldn’t ever say anything bad about how it’s all run, it is amazing if you appreciate business. The thing is that they did not need to consult with us since it is their business. We are a commodity; as much as I wish to say trendy we ought to be making money like baseball, soccer and basketball. Since we should we are really putting our lives at stake. But we’re not and I don’t wish to quote Urijah Faber, he stated’I never got into this for the cash’ frankly I catch it, I am a businessman.” Outside sponsors”Financially I’m going to be ok. I am going to find ways [to make money]. I own a portion of a social networking company, I have a show I host called Direct Endorsement, and it is a significant charity thing. I’ve got other things that is going to make me money, therefore I’m going to be ok. I do believe for men that don’t have much else or men that are not that smart. But that is their own fault, figure it out it’s not rocket science.” Being on Joe Rogan’s”Fight Companion” series”Yeah I was speaking to Joe not too long ago. I’ve a developing friendship with Joe for quite a while, we always talk about it but it is a little bit of a drive from my home with all the traffic. I’ll be up there soon, I have to do some things in the region so I’ll be on there shortly.” You follow Ian on Twitter @Unclecreepymma and his sponsor DirectEndorcements.com. You may listen to the full audio version of the interview on Episode 115 of this Parting Shot Podcast this Sunday.
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