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UFC 163 results: Ian McCall earns first UFC victory against Iliarde Santos

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Heading into his UFC 163 bout against Iliarde Santos, Ian McCall stated that if he lost this fight, he should get his pink slip for the UFC.

After Saturday night, McCall has no need to fear the unemployment line. The Orange County flyweight nicknamed "Uncle Creepy" looked like a man determined to make a point. McCall got the best of his Brazilian opponent in a unanimous-decision victory at Rio's HSBC Arena. The judges' scores were 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.


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In a fight mostly contested standing, McCall (12-4-1) stuck and move, finding his range, doing his damage, and getting in and out quick. Santos (27-8-1, 1 NC), who was fighting for the first time at flyweight, had his best round in the second, as he was able to turn it into a bit of a brawl and got the best of those exchange. But McCall righted the ship in the third round, which was a near-repeat of the first.

"Uncle Creepy" won for the first time in four UFC fights. He went to a disputed majority draw with Demetrious Johnson last year in the semifinals of the UFC flyweight title tournament; then lost decisions to Johnson in the rematch and Joseph Benavidez.

Santos dropped to 0-2 in the UFC.