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UFC 156: What We Learned from Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall

Sep 22, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; UFC fighter Joseph Benavidez (top) fights against fighter Demetrious Johnson in the flyweight championship bout at UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

The fight between Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez was likely for a shot at the UFC flyweight championship. They are arguably the second and third best fighters at flyweight.

The two met at UFC 156 in a much anticipated fight. When it was all said and done, the fight was supercompetitive, with Joseph Benavidez taking a unanimous decision. 

 

What We'll Remember About This Fight

The fight itself. Both men fought with the intention that they would get Demetrious Johnson in their next fight. No matter who won and lost, the fans were the real winners because the fight was very entertaining.

 

What We Learned About Ian McCall

He is a tough dude, but he needs to take a step back. He is winless in his UFC career, even though he has only fought the best guys in the division. He can definitely hang, though.

 

What We Learned About Joseph Benavidez

His striking is much improved. Now that Duane Ludwig is the striking coach at Team Alpha Male, Benavidez has greatly benefited under his tutelage. Maybe that is the key in beating Johnson.

 

What's Next for McCall

A bout with Darren Uyenoyama, a recent winner in the UFC, would be suitable. If he can't beat Uyenoyama, he may not deserve his spot in the UFC.

 

What's Next for Benavidez

A rematch with Johnson for the belt is probably on deck for Benavidez. It will be interesting to see how he will fare now that he has tightened up his striking even more.

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