Both fighters wanted it, the fans wanted, and apparently the UFC brass wanted it. Now everyone gets what they want. A possible flyweight title eliminator between Ian McCall and John Lineker has been agreed upon for UFC Fight Night 56 in Uberlandia, Brazil.

The timing for these two contenders set up perfectly. Both men are coming off of stellar wins in July. McCall picked up a huge victory over Brad Pickett in Ireland. Lineker scored somewhat of a buzzer beating TKO over Alptekin Ozkillic. “Hands of Stone” is known as one of the flyweight division’s most vicious finishers and probably already would have received a title shot in the middle of his four fight win streak if it weren’t for his troubles cutting weight. Lineker seemed to have his weight issues on the right track back in July and he rebounded from his decision loss to Ali Bagautinov.

McCall will be stepping into enemy territory here, but he is no stranger to Brazil. McCall picked up his first UFC victory with a decision win over Iliarde Santos last year at UFC 163 in Brazil. That is where McCall finally hit his stride inside the octagon. He had a rocky start in his first three UFC bouts. His first contest against Demetrious Johnson was scored a draw instead of going to a sudden victory round due to a scoring error. McCall then lost his rematch to Johnson and then fell to Joseph Benavidez. Now McCall is on the verge of getting back to Johnson. With John Dodson on the shelf it is very likely that the winner of this fight will take on the winner of the Johnson-Chris Cariaso bout at UFC 178. We now just have to wait until November to see it all unfold.

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.