Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall are very well-rounded fighters, and flyweight fights have a way of being contested in all areas, so there should be a fair amount of striking on display in this matchup.
Since both fighters are so talented when standing and on the ground, neither man jumps off the page as a clear-cut favorite, so let's dig a little deeper into the specifics.
Considering that each lands less than 40 percent of their attempted strikes (via FightMetric.com), it's clear that Benavidez and McCall aren't the most accurate strikers on the UFC roster. However, that has a lot to do with the elusive opponents they have faced in the lower weight divisions.
While McCall can handle himself on his feet, Benavidez has become a sprawl-and-brawl type of fighter, landing 77 percent of his strikes while standing (via UFC.com).
Those kind of results against the high-level competition Benavidez faced in the UFC's bantamweight division give him an edge over McCall, should both fighters stay on their feet for the majority of this fight.
Late in his first fight with Demetrious Johnson, McCall nearly stopped the fight with ground-and-pound, which would have earned him a spot in a championship fight against none other than Benavidez.
Benavidez is not easy to hold down and has never really gassed like "Mighty Mouse" did in that instance, though. Therefore, McCall's ground striking will be more likely to score him points on the scorecards than finish this fight.
After seeing Benavidez's brutal knockout of Yasuhiro Urushitani in the opening round of the four-man tournament to determine the division's first champion, there is little doubt he's one of the hardest hitters in the 125-pound class.
Both of these fighters are very difficult to stop. However, if either fighter is going to finish this bout with strikes, it will more than likely be the Team Alpha Male fighter.
OVERALL STRIKING EDGE: Benavidez