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Ian McCall Was Allowed ‘Prohibited’ IV Exception, Says UFC

Ian Gregory McCall, the American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was recently re-hydrated via intravenous therapy.

McCall was expected to face Jarred Brooks at UFC 208 on February 11, 2017 but was pulled by the UFC from the fight the day it was scheduled to take place because of gastrointestinal illness.

It was announced by UFC that it had to break protocol and help McCall in conjunction with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) before the UFC fighter "could’ve died." In a statement, UFC said it was aware of the situation regarding Ian McCall in advance of UFC 208, and his need to receive treatment for an acute medical condition via a prohibited method under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. The statement further reads that the UFC, prior to McCall receiving treatment, was in communication with USADA and the New York State Athletic Commission regarding his condition. It also stated that McCall has since submitted a retroactive therapeutic use exemption request to the United States Anti-Doping Agency that is responsible for reviewing the use of any prohibited substance or method during the course of medical treatment.

Athletes are required to submit medical records demonstrating a verifiable medical diagnosis and legitimate medical need for the requested medication or method in accordance with the applicable guidelines to receive approval of a TUE under the UFC Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Policy. Furthermore, it must be determined that the athlete pursued and exhausted all non-prohibited alternatives to treat his condition and would return the athlete to a normal state of health without providing a performance-enhancing benefit.

The TUE policy of UFC reads the Athlete must submit a TUE application to USADA with full medical documentation from the emergency as soon as possible after the start of the treatment if emergency treatment of an Athlete requires the Use of a Prohibited Substance or Prohibited Method. The policy also states that the decision in such cases for the emergency TUE request will be made by the TUEC after treatment has taken place.

The situation of McCall was so severe that doctors initially wanted to perform an emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder but later ruled against it.

The Flyweight contender, known as “Uncle Creepy”, has only fought six times for the UFC after being a part of the UFC’s inaugural flyweight tournament back in 2012. The former TPF Flyweight Champion, who is #6 in the official UFC flyweight rankings as of February 8, 2017, has been booked for five consecutive cancelled fights. McCall previously admitted in an interview that he overdosed on a combination of Oxycodone, GHB, Xanax, and other tranquilizers during a hiatus after his last fight in the WEC.

McCall defeated Coty Wheeler in his tenure with World Extreme Cagefighting and lost to Charlie Valencia in 2007. In 2009, he made a return but lost to Dominick Cruz. McCall later signed a deal with Tachi Palace Fights, the California-based promotion and his first fight was against the then #1 Flyweight in the world, Jussier Formiga. McCall defeated Formiga with a unanimous decision victory. McCall then defeated previously unbeaten prospect Dustin Ortiz in 2011 at Tachi Palace Fights 9 to set up the championship bout with the TPF Flyweight Champion Darrell Montague at TPF 10: Tachi Palace Fights 10. McCall went on to win the title by submitting Montague in round 3 with a rear naked choke.

McCall signed with the UFC in December 2011 and faced Demetrious Johnson in the opening round of the tournament on March 3, 2012 at UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann. This fight was the first flyweight bout in the history of UFC and a majority draw was the decision

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Albert Wolfgang is a professional medical writer with over 20 years of experience. He hold multiple personal training certifications, including the coveted NASM and AFAA certificates. He graduated with honors with a B.S. and M.S. in biochemistry with a minor in physical studies. Albert and his team have trained over 100 IFBB professional bodybuilders, including Hollywood stars and many up and coming fitness stars.

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