UFC 156’s main card kicked off with a compelling flyweight bout between Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall. Up for stakes, another crack at Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight belt. Both of these put on a thrilling fight from start to finish. They exchanged some good punches and kicks, and even took it to the ground on several occasions.
McCall was looking to counter Benavidez, but Joseph would rattle some good combinations off, forcing McCall back. McCall would rally back in the second, taking Benavidez down and working some ground and pound. Joseph would pop right back up and continue to work his stand up. It was a close fight, but the judges ultimately gave it to Jose Benavidez via unanimous decision.
Now, Benavidez is more than likely next in line to challenge Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight championship. In their first fight, Benavidez was game, but Demetrious just seemed like the faster fighter and would take him down on several occasions. It was a split decision loss for Benavidez, but he has the chance to exact his revenge.
For McCall, he goes back to the drawing board, but by no means is he done in this division. He is one of the best strikers in this division, and he arguably beat the first ever flyweight champion in their first meeting. This fight showed that flyweights are here to stay in the UFC as they are exciting at every point in the fight. It will be interesting to see what awaits both McCall and Benavidez now.