Following Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall‘s win over Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 46, the media suggested the next matchup for McCall to go against No. 6-ranked flyweight fighter John Lineker. Hopefully the fight lines up, because Lineker just defeated his opponent a few days earlier at UFC Fight Night 45. McCall is finally on a win streak in the UFC, but he is still lacking that signature victory to really clinch a title shot. Considering that UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has his next opponent lined up, a fight with McCall and Lineker makes sense.
Lineker needs a fight and a win over someone like McCall. Lineker’s win over Alptekin Ozkilic was a great, impressive knockout win. In addition, Lineker made weight for the bout. In the past, Lineker missed weight on three separate occasions in his UFC career, which makes him somewhat unreliable for booking him in a title fight. In fact, if he did not miss weight so much, he might have already been granted a title shot. Lineker actually has a lot of knockout power, something you do not see a lot of in the flyweight division. If Lineker can focus, remain on weight, and knock out someone like McCall, that would go a long way to repair the damage he has caused his career by failing to make weight.
Lineker does have the recent loss to Ali Bagautinov. However, Bagautinov was recently exposed as a cheater and PED user, which could take away some of the sting of Lineker’s loss.
A fight with Lineker greatly benefits McCall. McCall’s problem is that he already has had two previous fights with the reigning champion. The first fight was incorrectly scored as a win for Johnson when it was a draw. Since their first fight was a flyweight tournament bout, the draw score should have allowed a fourth round. An error on the athletic commission’s part prevented that from happening. McCall later lost his rematch with Johnson, and Johnson went on to win the tournament and become the flyweight champion.
The UFC might have trouble marketing a third fight with McCall and Johnson, since it is not a fight fans are begging for. If McCall scores an impressive win over Lineker, he could benefit greatly in altering this perception. Either way, McCall vs. Lineker is definitely a feasible matchup to determine a new flyweight title contender.