As is the story of the UFC in 2014, top flyweight contender Ian McCall has been forced to withdraw from his number one contender’s bout with John Lineker due to illness. The two were scheduled to meet in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 56.

UFC President Dana White was the first to report McCall was feeling under the weather with an unspecified illness just hours after the two 125-pounders weighed-in. UFC officials would later confirm the news, and announce the fight would be scrapped entirely.

McCall (13-4-1) was coming off back-to-back decision victories over Brad Pickett and Iliarde Santos. Prior to this string of victories, “Uncle Creepy” dropped back-to-back decisions to Joseph Benavidez and current champion Demetrious Johnson.

Lineker (24-7), who initially missed weight prior to his scheduled fight with McCall, was coming off a third round TKO victory over Alptekin Özkılıç at UFC Fight Night 45 in July. This gave “Hands of Stone” TKO victories in four of his last five bouts.

UFC Fight Night 56 is currently scheduled to take place on November 8 at the Ginásio Municipal Tancredo Neves in Uberlândia, Brazil. A light heavyweight bout between Pride legend Maurcio “Sogun” Rua and former Tennessee football player Ovince Saint Preux will serve as the main event. The FOX Sports 1 event will proceed with 10 bouts.

MAIN CARD
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
Alan Jouban vs. Warlley Alves
Leon Edwards vs. Claudio Silva
Jorge de Oliveira vs. Dhiego Lima
Nina Ansaroff vs. Juliana Lima

PRELIM CARD
Rodolfo Rubio vs. Diego Rivas
Trevor Smith vs. Caio Magalhaes
Charlie Brenneman vs. Leandro Silva
Tim Gorman vs. Thomas Almeida
Colby Covington vs. Wagner Silva

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