Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall Verbally Agreed for UFC 156 Super Bowl Weekend


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Two of the top flyweights in the world will finally meet at UFC 156, as Joseph Benavidez squares off against Ian McCall on Super Bowl weekend 2013.

Sources close to the fight confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that verbal agreements are in place for the Feb. 2 showdown.

Benavidez and McCall have long been attached to one another even before either of them were fighting at 125 pounds in the UFC.

Prior to the division’s creation, Ian McCall was ranked as the top flyweight in the world by most outlets, but Benavidez had long been considered the best prospect of any fighter in the world once he made the move from bantamweight to flyweight.

The two would often have exchanges via Twitter about a fight eventually happening, and now it’s a reality.

With both currently competing at flyweight in the UFC, the match-up seems a natural and the fighters will finally face off come February.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest UFC 156 news and fight coverage.

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