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Stepping up on short notice, Jorge Masvidal pushed former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson Saturday at UFC Fight Night 79.

In the end, though, it was Henderson scoring the split decision as the Octagon debut in Seoul, South Korea. The entire card aired live on UFC Fight Pass and marked the first official UFC trip to South Korea.

Masvidal replaced Thiago Alves after an injury knocked Alves out. Henderson, making his final appearance on his current UFC contract, earned a pair of 48-47 decisions, while Masvidal claimed the other score.

In the co-main event, Dong Hyun Kim finished Dominic Waters in the first round and Alberto Mina scored a split decision over Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Doo Ho Choi and Dongi Yang each picked up TKO finishes against Sam Sicilia and Jake Collier, while Mike De La Torre and Tae Hyun Bang earned split decisions.

Seo Hee Ham defeated Cortney Casey via decision and Fredy Serrano finished Yao Zhikui after an arm injury ended the contest in the first round.

Marco Beltran bested Ning Guangyou with a split decision after Dominique Steele opened the show by knocking out the other Dong Hyun Kim with a slam finish in the third round.

Ham and Casey were awarded “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 each, while “Stun Gun” Kim and Choi earned “Performance of the Night” status and $50,000 each. The attendance was announced at 12,156.

Complete results can be found below:

Benson Henderson def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)

Dong Hyun Kim def. Dominic Waters via TKO (strikes) at 3:11 of Round 1

Alberto Mina def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Doo Ho Choi def. Sam Sicilia via TKO (strikes) at 1:33 of Round 1

Dongi Yang def. Jake Collier via TKO (strikes) at 1:50 of Round 2

Mike De La Torre def. Yui Chul Nam via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Tae Hyun Bang def. Leo Kuntz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Seo Hee Ham def. Cortney Casey via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Fredy Serrano def. Yao Zhikui via TKO (arm injury) at :44 of Round 1

Marco Beltran def. Ning Guangyou via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Dominique Steele def. Dong Hyun Kim via KO (slam) at :27 of Round 3

ufc fight night 79

For the first time, the Octagon will set up shop in South Korea this Saturday for UFC Fight Night 79.

The entire card airs live on UFC Fight Pass, with Benson Henderson taking on Jorge Masvidal in the main event.

Courtesy the UFC, check out the media and event notes below:


Korea is no stranger to the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene, for years its fighters have thrilled audiences with their consistent displays of uncompromising determination and raw talent, achieving spectacular victories all across the globe. Now, UFC makes its Korean debut with a highly anticipated live event on November 28 at the Olympic Gymnastic Arena in Seoul. For the first time in UFC history, Korean athletes will have the opportunity to defend on home turf against a series of tough international opponents while their nation cheers them on.


Headlining the inaugural Seoul card is the proudly half Korean, former UFC lightweight champion “Smooth” Benson Henderson (22-5, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz., USA). Henderson, born to a Korean mother and American father who served with the US Army in Korea, will seek to not only make a mark in his ancestral home, but to also send a statement to the welterweight division that his successful debut was no fluke.

After a fourth round submission victory against Brandon Thatch, Henderson will be looking to add another big name to his resume on his way to becoming a contender for the welterweight belt. Standing in his way will be Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (29-9-0, Fighting out of Miami, USA). A long time veteran of the sport, Masvidal recently returned to the welterweight ranks with a show stopping knockout of Cezar Ferriera.

A second straight victory against Henderson will solidify his return to the welterweight rankings.


Asian Superstar and UFC Veteran Sung Hoon “Sexyama” Choo (14-5-0, Fighting out of Osaka, Japan) returns to active duty after his victory last year over American Amir Sadollah. Backed by an army of passionate fans, Choo hopes that their support will propel him to victory over Brazilian Alberto “Soldier of God” Mina (11-0, Fighting out of Hong Kong, SAR), an undefeated jiu-jitsu black belt who hopes to continue his 11 fight winning streak.


All eyes are on Korea and expectations are high for the inaugural event. It’s all hands on deck as Korea’s warriors step forward to make their nation proud. Dong Hyun Kim, inarguably one of Korea’s most successful mixed martial artists, is joined by his fellow countrymen; Do Hoo Choi, Yui Chul Nam, Tae Hyun Bang, Dongi Yang and Hyun Gyu Lim as they face off against an international array of opponents.


Making her mark in what is often considered a boys club in Korea, Seo Hee Ham (15-6-0, Fighting out of Busan, Korea), is the country’s first and only female UFC fighters. With few contemporaries, Ham often trains with male fighters such as Dong Hyun Kim. UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON vs. MASVIDAL will be her second UFC bout, where she will face off against Hawaiian striker Cortney Casey (4-2-0, Fighting out of Maui, HI, USA).

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Next month, Jose Aldo returns to the Octagon to face Conor McGregor at UFC 194.

Before that takes place, though, enjoy a special treat in the video below as Aldo defends his title against Chan Sung Jung – better known as “The Korean Zombie.”

ufc fight night 79

If you are in need of some early morning MMA action, UFC Fight Night 79 has you covered.

The card takes place this Saturday morning from Seoul, South Korea and begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:45 a.m. ET with seven prelim bouts.

In the headline act, Benson Henderson takes on Jorge Masvidal. The four-fight main card starts at 8 a.m. ET.

Check out the complete lineup below, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/8 a.m. ET)

Welterweight: Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal

Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Dominic Waters

Welterweight: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina

Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Dominique Steele

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4:45 a.m. ET)

Featherweight: Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia

Featherweight: Yui Chul Nam vs. Mike de la Torre

Middleweight: Dongi Yang vs. Jake Collier

Lightweight: Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz

Strawweight: Cortney Casey vs. Seo Hee Ham

Flyweight: Fredy Serrano vs. Yao Zhikui

Bantamweight: Marcos Beltran vs. Ning Guangyou

ufc fight night 78

There was no Cain Velasquez or Fabricio Werdum this time around, but the UFC still delivered a crowd-pleasing night of fights Saturday in Mexico for UFC Fight Night 78.

Stepping up on short notice, Neil Magny earned a split decision in the main event over Kelvin Gastelum. Magny replaced Matt Brown and earned his UFC-leading 10th win since 2013.

Former featherweight title contender Ricardo Lamas spoiled the division debut of Diego Sanchez, nearly taking his leg with him in earning a decision. Sanchez was competing in his fourth weight class in the UFC.

With UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson sitting cageside, Henry Cejudo improved to 10-0 and 4-0 inside the Octagon with a decision win over Jussier Formiga. The former U.S. Olympic gold medalist found a home with his takedowns and striking to pull out the victory.

In the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 welterweight tournament, Erick Montano claimed a split decision victory over close friend Enrique Marin. Montano had strong first and third rounds around a dominating second for Marin.

Wrestling was the difference in the finals of TUF: Latin America 2 in the lightweight division, as Enrique Barzola picked up a decision over Horacio Gutierrez. Despite being the smaller fighter, effective takedowns and precise ground-and-pound was the difference for Barzola.

Efrain Escudero, the second coach on TUF, started off the main card but was bested by Leandro Silva. Silva used effective striking and takedown defense to turn back the efforts of Escudero.

Much to the delight of the Mexican crowd, Erik Perez scored a decision victory over Taylor Lapilus to conclude the prelims. Perez is a native of Monterrey and had the fans behind him through the three-round battle.

They went the distance, as Bartosz Fabinski claimed it on all three scorecards over Hector Urbina.

For Scott Jorgensen, the night was ended early, as an injury gave Alejandro Perez the submission win in the second round.

Andre Fili showed his striking skills, scoring a first round knockout of Gabriel Benitez. “Touchy” connected with a head-kick and followed up claiming the stoppage in 3:13.

In early prelim action, Alvaro Herrera and Marco Polo Reyes each scored first round finishes as part of the UFC Fight Pass lineup. Herrera knocked out Vernon Ramos in just 30 seconds, while Reyes did the same to Cesar Arzamendia in 3:42.

Also, Michel Prazeres earned a split decision over Valmir Lazaro to start the night.

Check out complete results below:

Neil Magny def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Ricardo Lamas def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Henry Cejudo def. Jussier Formiga via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Erick Montano def. Enrique Marin via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) to win The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 welterweight final

Enrique Barzola def. Horacio Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) to win The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 lightweight final

Leandro Silva def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Erik Perez def. Taylor Lapilus via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bartosz Fabinski def. Hector Urbina via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Alejandro Perez def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (leg injury) at 4:26 of Round 2

Andre Fili def. Gabriel Benitez via TKO (head-kick, strikes) at 3:13 of Round 1

Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos via KO (strike) at :30 of Round 1

Marco Polo Reyes def. Cesar Arzamendia via KO (strike) at 3:42 of Round 1

Michel Prazeres def. Valmir Lazaro via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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