Former UFC title challenger, Ian McCall signed a deal with Rizin FF - Reproduction YouTube

After almost three years on the sidelines, facing various battles and multiple illnesses, former UFC flyweight Ian McCall has signed with Rizin Fighting Federation

The news follows the promotion’s latest edition in Fukuoka City, last Sunday. 

“Uncle Creepy” (13-5-1) will compete in Rizin’s Bantamweight Grand Prix following his recent release from the UFC.

His last fight came against former contender John Lineker in January 2015.

In a press conference, Rizin Fighting Federation defined the brackets for their men’s Bantamweight Grand Prix which is scheduled to happen on December 29 and 31.

McCall joins the Bantamweight tournament and faces Angola’s newcomer Manel Kape, who made a successful debut in Rizin last weekend with a first-round knockout win against Erson Yamamoto.

Horiguchi joins McCall, but still with no opponent for Grand Prix

Rizin also defined the other fights for the tournament on Monday morning.

After a win in July, German Khalid Taha faces DEEP and WSOF Global Champion, Japan’s Takafumi Otsuka.

In another quarter-final bout, Pancrase Champion, Shintaro Ishiwatari compete against Frenchman Kevin Petshi.

Meanwhile, former UFC flyweight title challenger, Kyoji Horiguchi is the only fighter with no opponent defined, to be announced soon by Rizin.