A flyweight scrap between Joseph Benavidez (Pictured) and Ian McCall kicked off Saturday’s “UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar” pay-per-view broadcast.
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Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada is hosting tonight’s festivities. The show is headlined by a featherweight superfight between champion Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.
Favorite (-) Underdog (+)
Ian McCall +200
Joseph Benavidez -260
Here is the play-by-play from McCall vs. Benavidez:
McCall immediately tries a takedown, but is unable to complete it. Benavidez nails him with a short elbow for his troubles. McCall connects on a big kick to the body. Benavidez caps off a flurry with a solid left hand. McCall takes a shot to the groin and time is called. Game on. Benavidez looks sharp. He’s punishing McCall’s lead leg with kicks. McCall scores with a knee to the midsection. McCall stuns him with a right hand. Benavidez has a minor cut on his hairline.
5thRound scored it: Benavidez, 10-9
Thunderous kick to the body by Benavidez. They clinch against the cage. Benavidez unloads a good knee to the thigh. Benavidez ducked under a punch and McCall jumps on top of him. He takes his back and has both hooks in, but only 40 ticks remaining in the round. Benavidez gets to his feet, though is eating knees to the legs.
5thRound scored it: McCall, 10-9
Benavidez unleashes a right that sends his opponent to the fence. McCall has recovered and is firing back. Another heavy kick to the midsection by Benavidez. McCall secures a takedown for a brief second. They exchange leg kicks. McCall tags him with a body shot. And a left hook. Benavidez responds with a kick to the stomach. Both fighters raise their hands in victory.
5thRound scored it: Benavidez, 10-9 (Benavidez, 29-28)
Joseph Benavidez Defeated Ian McCall via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)