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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
UFC flyweight Ian McCall is in jail in Orange County this week after being arrested on an outstanding warrant in Laguna Beach, Calif. According to a report from Stu News Laguna, McCall "was arrested without incident for two Harbor Court warrants for possession of narcotic paraphernalia, possession of prescription meds without a valid prescription, and driving on a suspended license."
McCall was cited for driving with a suspended license in June, and according to MMAFighting.com, he missed a court date for that violation due to a miscommunication, resulting in the bench warrants being issued.
He is currently in custody at the Orange County Central Men's Jail, where he'll remain until a Sept. 13 court hearing. He is expected to be released at that time, and has only been charged with driving on a suspended license.
"Uncle Creepy" made his UFC debut earlier this year, fighting Demetrious Johnson twice in the UFC's flyweight mini-tournament. He was set to return this month on short notice at UFC on Fox 4, but suffered an injury that pulled him from the card.
Penick's Analysis: McCall was on parole for a past conviction, and this arrest stems from that issue, along with driving on a suspended license in June. He's had a documented history of issues with authorities and with drugs, something he's worked on moving on from over the last several years. I don't think this is an issue that's going to jeopardize his spot in the UFC, but regardless, hopefully it won't lead to anything more serious for him once he gets through his court hearing next month.
UPDATE: McCall's lawyer, George Vargas, released a statement to MMAJunkie.com regarding the arrest:
"Ian's license had been suspended for unpaid traffic and parking tickets," he stated. "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 (hard labor) for [a 2008 arrest on possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and paraphernalia], 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.""
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