Over the weekend it was reported that UFC flyweight Ian McCall was arrested last week for outstanding warrants outside his residence in Laguna Beach, California. Varying accounts and reports came out on the situation that still left much to be explained. McCall’s lawyer, George Vargas, explained the matter to MMAWeekly over the weekend to give a better picture as to what transpired last week.
Vargas stated to MMAWeekly:
In 2008, Ian was arrested for possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and paraphernalia. The paraphernalia was needles that he used to take the fluid out of his ears. Part of Ian’s punishment for that case was that he was to do 20 days of Cal Trans (physical labor).
The following year, Ian was having more troubles and he entered and completed a six-month residential drug treatment program at Nancy Clark’s The Recovery Center in Orange County. Ian completely turned his life around, began training hard and became the man he is today.
On June 14 of this year, Ian was pulled over for a traffic stop. He was given a ticket for PC14601 (driving on a suspended license). Ian’s license had been suspended for unpaid traffic and parking tickets.
The very next day, on June 15, Ian went to the Harbor Justice Center with his agent, and paid over $2,600 in fines. He mistakenly thought that the ticket from the previous day had been handled. A few weeks later, when the court date for that case came, Ian did not show and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Aug. 14, once again, Ian was stopped while driving home from the gym. At that time he was arrested for the two warrants: one for not completing the 20 days of Cal Trans work for the 2008 case, and the other for not showing up to court on the driving on a suspended license ticket that he had thought that he had handled.
The article also reports that McCall will be held in jail until a September 13 pre-trial hearing.
The former Tachi Palace flyweight champ has never hidden his past struggles with drugs, and has been enjoying a career resurgence since returning to fighting in 2010 after an overdose nearly ended his life the previous year following a WEC loss to Dominick Cruz. McCall lost his first fight since comeback began at UFC on FX 3, dropping a hard fought decision to Demetrious Johnson. McCall was supposed to fight Jon Moraga at “UFC on Fox 4” but had to withdraw due to injury.
The UFC has not released a statement regarding the matter at this time.