The two met as the lead off fight at UFC 156 and did not disappoint with their respective performances.
Benavidez set the tone early with pinpoint accuracy and quick punches, but McCall battled back in the 2nd round taking the fight to the ground, while working to take his opponent’s back and control him on the mat.
The third round made the difference with Benavidez regaining the upper hand with faster power shots, keeping ahead of McCall with more effective striking throughout the five minute session.
The judges saw it that way as well giving Benavidez a 29-28 sccorecard across the board, putting the former title contender back on the path to another shot at the belt.
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Joseph Benavidez Vs. Ian McCall
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
||5′ 5″ (165.1 cm)
||135 (61.23 kg)
defeated Ian McCall by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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