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Dana Point’s Ian McCall defeated Iliarde Santos by unanimous decision as part of UFC 163. Courtesy photo
Dana Point’s Ian McCall defeated Iliarde Santos by unanimous decision as part of UFC 163. Courtesy photo

By Steve Breazeale

Ian McCall entered his Mixed Martial Arts flyweight bout with Brazil’s Iliarde Santos on August 3 badly in need of a win. After losing two of his previous three UFC sanctioned matches, UFC 163 was a perfect stage for McCall to stage a mini-comeback.

The Dana Point-native wasted no time in showing that he belongs among the ranks of the MMA elite as he emerged with a 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 unanimous decision, marking his first Ultimate Fighting Championship win.

McCall (12-4-1, 1-2-1 UFC) and Santos’ (27-8-1, 0-2 UFC) fight was an undercard in the pay-per-view event but the bout provided the most exciting moments of the evening. The two flyweights went the distance and were awarded the “Fight of the Night” moniker, which put an additional $50,000 bonus in McCall’s pocket, according to

After the fight McCall took to Facebook to show his fans the damage that was done to his hand, which he said he broke during the fight. McCall posted a picture of himself with his hand wrapped in bandages with a caption reading “Yup, it’s broken.”

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