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UFC 156: Joseph Benavidez vs Ian McCall Verbal Agreements in

Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez will face off at UFC 156, adding to an already-solid card.
Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez will face off at UFC 156, adding to an already-solid card.Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steven RondinaFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2012

The UFC's flyweight division has put on some solid matches so far, and two of its top three fighters will be squaring off at UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend. MMA Weekly is reporting that Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall have verbally agreed to the face each other.

Benavidez and McCall were two of the four fighters involved in the UFC's flyweight championship tournament. McCall fought Demetrious Johnson twice, once to a controversial majority decision draw and once to a unanimous decision loss. Benavidez fought Johnson in the finals after beating Yasuhiro Urushitani. He also lost to “Mighty Mouse” via decision at UFC 152.

The two have been exchanging verbal barbs on Twitter for a long while now, making this one of the better rivalries in the UFC's smaller division.

Benavidez was one of the top fighters in the WEC and in the UFC's bantamweight division and was regarded by many as the favorite to become the UFC's first flyweight champion. McCall, meanwhile, was ranked as the top flyweight in the world before the UFC entered the mix, but his strong reputation made him a must-have fighter for the promotion.

UFC 156 is already a solid card, headlined by a featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar. Alistair Overeem versus Antonio Silva and Demian Maia versus Jon Fitch are also booked.

As usual, this is subject to change, but keep your fingers crossed that this flyweight bout comes to fruition.

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