It has just been reported that flyweight prospect Justin Scoogins has been pulled from his scheduled fight against Ian McCall due to weight cutting issues. Scoogins vs McCall was the first fight set to open up the main card for UFC 201 and as of now their is no talks of a replacement to step up on a days notice.

Scoogins father confirmed the news to BloodyElbow.com, saying that “Justin could not get below 132.5 pounds. He was all good and his body just stopped allowing the weight to come off. No sweating, nothing.” Due to the weight he had to make being 125 pounds, the weight difference is too big for a last minute catchweight bout.

Scoogins is one of the top prospects in the division and after a few setbacks in 2014 with back to back losses against Dustin Ortiz and John Moraga, he was starting to look back on track with victories over Josh Sampo and Ray Borg leading up to this bout. It looked as if he was to get past McCall that he could possibly be next in line for a title shot. It looks like the weight cut is too hard on him so he will most likely be competing up a weight class in his next bout.

On the other hand Ian “uncle creepy” McCall is coming off of a bad injury that at one point seemed to look as if it can jeopardize his career. McCall was a former title challenger and has a draw against current champion and #1 pound for pound fighter Demetrious Johnson. After losing his last bout to John Lineker, uncle creepy was looking to get back in the mix of the division with a win at UFC 201.

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