Fighter’s Arrest Due to a Mistake, Attorney Says

Ian McCall. Photo courtesy of Laguna Beach PD.

Mixed martial arts professional Ian Gregory McCall will serve 32 days in Orange County jail for a probation violation that resulted in his arrest last week, his attorney said Tuesday.

Laguna Beach detectives working with federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents as part of an ongoing investigation took the 28-year-old Irvine man into custody on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Irvine, said Laguna police Capt. Jason Kravetz, who declined to describe the nature of the law enforcement inquiry. Bail was set at $16,500.

The fighter nicknamed “Uncle Creepy,” who competes in the 125-pound flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, should be released from jail by month’s end, said Newport Beach criminal defense attorney George Vargas, who denied knowledge of the police inquiry.

“Ian has been so focused on his training and getting his life back together he overlooked this,” said Vargas, referring to outstanding warrants related to a 2008 drug charge and a suspended license.

“He’s had zero run-ins since he did drug rehab and got his life on track,” said Vargas, explaining that his client mistakenly thought his license had been restored after a prior court appearance over unpaid parking tickets and that his sentence to rehab and labor for Caltrans resolved the drug charges.

McCall lost his most recent bout on June 8 against Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in Sunrise, Fla., according to the website MMA Playground. He withdrew from another scheduled fight Aug. 4 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, the site said. Vargas thought a knee injury was involved.

Orange County Superior Court records show that McCall pled guilty to offenses in 2009 and 2006.

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