UFC Fight Night 46 Results: 3 Fights for Ian McCall to Take Next
Ian McCall earned his second UFC win on Saturday with a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) over Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin, Ireland.
McCall controlled the majority of the fight, frustrating Pickett with his movement while landing combinations at every opportunity.
The win was McCall's second straight, after dropping two straight to Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. McCall was ranked No. 3 going into this fight, and while he may not move up at all in the rankings with the win, he has proved that he is one of the best flyweights in the division.
McCall called out Johnson in his post-fight interview, and while a title shot is likely not next for McCall, let's check out three fights that could put him in line for one.
Joseph Benavidez is ranked No. 2 in the division, and his only losses at flyweight have come against the champion, Demetrious Johnson.
Other than those losses, Benavidez has five wins in the division, including four finishes and two fight night bonuses. Of those four finishes he has scored TKOs over Jussier Formiga, Darren Uyenoyama and Yasuhiro Urushitani and a submission over Tim Elliott.
Benavidez and McCall previously met at UFC 156 in February 2013, and Benavidez scored the unanimous-decision victory, 29-28 on all scorecards.
He is 3-1 since that fight, while McCall is 2-0. A rematch could easily determine the next flyweight title challenger.
Winner of Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
Jussier Formiga is ranked No. 7 in the flyweight division and has a record of 2-2 inside the Octagon. His losses have come to John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez, while his wins have come over Scott Jorgensen and Chris Cariaso.
Formiga and McCall met in 2011 in Tachi Palace Fights before joining the UFC. McCall took that fight by unanimous decision—29-28 on all scorecards—so you can be sure that Formiga is eager for a chance to avenge that loss.
He is scheduled to face Zach Makovsky at UFC Fight Night 47 on August 16. Makovsky made his UFC debut in December 2013 when he beat Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision. He followed that up with a unanimous decision over Josh Sampo in February.
In his career, Makovsky has a record of 18-4 with six wins by decision, one by knockout and 11 by decision. In addition he became the Bellator bantamweight champion in 2010 but lost title in 2012 in his first title defense.
Makovsky is looking to reclaim a title, and taking on a former Tachi Palace Fights champion would be huge for him.
Earlier this week, John Lineker scored an impressive third-round knockout victory over Alptekin Ozkilic to move to 5-2 in the UFC. Lineker lost his first fight in the Octagon to Louis Gaudinot but then won four straight until he met Ali Bagautinov, who was recently suspended after testing positive for EPO.
Aside from those losses, the biggest knock on Lineker has been his difficulty in making the 125-pound weight limit. He has missed it three times in the UFC.
However, putting aside his weight issues, he has scored four wins by (T)KO, and in a division not known for knockout power, he has a lot of it.
In his most recent fight, he had an outstanding, dominant performance. He is currently ranked No. 6 with the chance to go up when the new rankings are released.
A fight with McCall is a chance for Lineker to move up in the division. For McCall, he would have a dangerous competitor in front of him and a chance to prove he deserves a title shot.