Ian McCall will likely face John Lineker following hand surgery
Flyweights Ian McCall and John Lineker are likely going to fight later this year while Joseph Benavidez remains on the sidelines just itching to get back in action
Ian McCall has likely found his next opponent
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By Damon Martin
One UFC flyweight contender wants a fight and can't find an opponent while two other 125-pound competitors appear to be on a collision course if a lingering injury doesn't push back the fight from happening.
According to a report via UFC Tonight, former flyweight title contender Joseph Benavidez has been itching to get back into action since his submission victory over Tim Elliott in April. The former WEC fighter was begging to land a slot on the upcoming UFC 177 card in Sacramento, where he lives and trains, but no opponents were available.
Beyond that card, the UFC still hasn't been able to find Benavidez an opponent so the top ranked 125-pounder remains on the sidelines just awaiting a call from the matchmakers. It appears Benavidez will have to stay patient as cards start to fill up and hopefully someone becomes available.
While Benavidez sits and waits, Ian McCall and John Lineker are anxiously anticipating to fight one another if the UFC gives them the official go ahead.
Plans are tentatively to pit the two top 10 ranked flyweights against each other, but first things first McCall has to deal with a hand injury that's been bothering him for some time now. Currently, McCall is scheduled to have surgery on the hand, but the timeline for his return should put him back in the Octagon by the end of 2014.
Assuming Lineker can wait that long, he'll likely land the fight with McCall, but for now nothing is set in stone as UFC officials wait out the surgery and timeline for his return to action.