Report: Ian McCall vs. John Lineker UFC title eliminator fight targeted for late 2014


A flyweight fight between "Uncle Creepy" and "Hands of Stone" could be headed to an Octagon near you to determine who will get next crack at the division strap. After Chris Cariaso, of course.

Ian McCall won his second straight fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight division on July 19, 2014 by outpointing Brad Pickett in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 46, which went down from O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

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In doing so, "Uncle Creepy" inched himself closer to a shot at the 125-pound title, which is currently in the firm grasp of Demetrious Johnson.

According to a report from UFC Tonight, McCall will have to earn his championship fight by taking out another man who has longed for a crack at the crown himself, John Lineker.

But it likely won't happen until the end of the year, as McCall will undergo surgery to repair another broken hand.

From the report:

"Coming off the win in Dublin, Ian McCall needs hand surgery. But they're leaning to Ian McCall against John Lineker, who wants the fight. This could be a number-one contender fight to see who faces Demetrious Johnson next, and could take place by the end of the year."

Lineker got back on the winning track at UFC Fight Night 45 last month by knocking out Alpetekin Ozkilic in the waning seconds of the final round. The much-needed win came five months after "Hands of Stone" lost out on his chance to fight for the strap after dropping a unanimous decision to Ali Bagautinov at UFC 169.

The UFC's flyweight division suffered major blows a few weeks back almost simultaneously, as the aforementioned Bagautinov was served with a one-year suspension after he was popped for Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) following his title fight against Johnson at UFC 174, which went down on June 14, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Hours before, John Dodson -- the man who was set to face "Mighty Mouse" next -- revealed he'd be out for at least a year after undergoing ACL surgery to repair a blown knee, as well as a torn meniscus.

As a result, Chris Cariaso, the dark horse of the division, was granted a title shot against Johnson which will serve as the co-main event of UFC 177 on Aug. 30, 2014 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

What say you Maniacs, who takes this title eliminator fight, McCall or Lineker?

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