Benavidez vs. McCall Set For UFC 156

Ian McCall. Photo by Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com.

It is being reporting that UFC flyweight contenders Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall will lock horns at UFC 156 on February 2, 2013.

MMAWeekly.com is reporting that verbal agreements are in place for the Superbowl weekend showdown. UFC 156 will be headlined by a featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.

While the event will be held in Las Vegas, Fox officials made news last week when they said they'd like to "own" Superbowl weekend in 2014 with a free card on Fox. For that to happen, mixed martial arts has to get regulated in New York.

McCall, a native of Costa Mesa, California, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 11-3-1. McCall has appeared in the UFC twice going 0-1-1 with both of his fights coming against current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Benavidez, a member of Team Alpha Male, possesses a mixed martial arts record of 13-3. Benavidez holds UFC victories over Ian Loveland, Eddie Wineland and Yasuhiro Urushitani. Benavidez was last in action at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort where he dropped a decision to Johnson.

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