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Video: Unfathomably Unlucky Ian McCall Loses After He Is Seemingly Cut By Rizin Ring Rope

UFC veteran Ian McCall(13-6-1) was eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Rizin FF bantamweight grand prix at the Saitama Super Arena on Friday, as the ringside doctor called a halt to the American’s fight with Manel Kape(9-1) after he suffered a cut to the forehead.

The cut, however, was not caused by a strike, or even a clash of heads. Rather, it seems that the damage was the result of a brush with the ring rope, of all things.

It was a truly bizarre finish, but it was also perfectly in-keeping with the recent theme of McCall’s career.

‘Uncle Creepy’ has been the victim of an unfathomable run of misfortune over the last several years. Injuries forced him to withdraw from dates with Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett in December of 2013 and March of 2014 respectively. When he did finally get into the cage with Pickett in July of 2014, McCall picked up a decision win, but that was pretty much the last time anything went right for the former Tachi PF flyweight champ.

In January of 2015, John Lineker came in four pounds overweight before earning a decision win over McCall at UFC 183. Despite being scheduled to compete on many occasions since, McCall didn’t make it back into the fray until today. In the intervening time period, he saw bouts with Dustin Ortiz, Justin Scoggins, Ray Borg, Neil Seery and Jarred Brooks fall apart. The reasons for these collapses have been many and astoundingly varied. Injury and illness forced McCall to withdraw from a number of dates, while he saw would-be foes pull out due to illness, weight-cutting issues and even bereavement.

McCall asked for and was granted a release from his UFC contract earlier this year, after his attempts to negotiate a pay increase were unsuccessful. His departure from the promotion hasn’t broken the jinx, however.

Elsewhere on the Rizin FF card, Shintaro Ishiwatari(24-6-4) progressed to the semi-final stages of the grand prix with a one-punch KO win over Kevin Petshi(13-4).

The Japanese fighter will face countryman Takafumi Otsuka(24-13) next, as Otsuka came through his quarter-final bout with a third-round submission victory over previously unbeaten German Khalid Taha(now 11-1).

In the main event of the show, former UFC flyweight title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi(21-2) finished previously unbeaten Brazilian Gabriel Oliveira(now 10-1) with strikes in the first round. Horiguchi will face Kape in the semi-final. Both semi-finals and the final will take place on New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena.

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