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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:

IT’S TIME…

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.

FOR THE MOTHERLAND

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.

THE RETURN OF SUPERMAN

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.

THE TIME OF HAN

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.

JEWEL AMONGST THE STONES

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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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 78.

Tonight’s event comes to us from the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.

In the headline bout, welterweights Neil Magny and Kelvin Gastelum compete to move up the ladder. Originally, Gastelum was scheduled to face Matt Brown, but a training injury knocked Brown out.

Magny (16-4) has won eight of his last nine, falling only to Demian Maia in Brazil earlier this year. Gastelum (11-1) suffered his first pro defeat to Tyron Woodley in January, but bounced back with a TKO vs. Nate Marquardt.

The card will also feature Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez in a featherweight showdown, and flyweight contenders Jussier Formiga and Henry Cejudo going one-on-one.

New Ultimate Fighter: Latin America winners will be crowned at both welterweight and lightweight, as Erick Montano faces Enrique Marin and Enrique Barzola takes on Horacio Gutierrez.

Check out quick results of the prelims below, and full coverage of the main card when it begins:

PRELIMINARY CARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAIN CARD

Efrain Escudero vs. Leandro Silva

We’ll kick the main card off with lightweights Efrain Escudero (24-9) and Leandro Silva (19-2) doing battle. Escudero, a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, was a coach on the recent season of TUF: Latin America alongside tonight’s main event contestant, Kelvin Gastelum.

Round 1: Early feeling out process for these two, but it’s Escudero who has control of the Octagon. Silva lands with a body kick and they clinch, and the favorite lands with a right as well. He appeared to stun Escudero for a brief moment. All Silva in the first with his effective striking.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silva

Round 2: Good start for Silva, who is showing his speed and striking at ease, but Escudero times up a takedown perfectly and scores. Butterfly guard, which has allowed Escudero to get in a little ground-and-pound. Escudero catches a foot and trips Silva to the canvas for a second takedown, moving into top position and two minutes left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Escudero

Round 3: Escudero working the body and showing even better striking this round, as maybe fatigue is catching up to Silva. Just as that happens, though, Silva finds his range by avoiding a takedown and connecting. Silva getting into a good groove, vending off multiple takedown attempts. He sprawls and reverses, taking the back and immediately securing hooks. Silva briefly flirted with a twister, but is back to working for the rear-naked choke.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silva

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

Enrique Barzola vs. Horacio Gutierrez in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America lightweight tournament

Our first of two Ultimate Fighter finals will take place in the lightweight division, as Enrique Barzola meets Horacio Gutierrez.

Round 1: Heavy, compact striking from Barzola, but Gutierrez has the reach advantage and appears to be the more effective striker. Nasty leg kick connects from Gutierrez with a thud, as does a second. Single-leg takedown for Barzola, as he uses it to record a slam and take the back. He’s a little over-zealous, but calms himself and is working for control. Gutierrez pulls guard as he tries for a guillotine to no avail. Gutierrez sweeps to his feet but is once again taken down for a third time.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barzola

Round 2: Much like the first, a takedown scores for Barzola, who is dominating the numbers with his ground-and-pound. Strength from Barzola is the difference in this one, as he’s able to keep Gutierrez on the canvas. He’s broke open a cut on his forehead with strikes from the top and is just all over the favorite. Good upkicks from Gutierrez, but they miss and Barzola is back on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barzola

Round 3: Better start for Gutierrez, who needs to show something this round. He defends one takedown, but the single is there for Barzola and he scores. Wild upkicks are not connecting for Gutierrez as the seconds begin to tick away. Elbows are landing from the top by Barzola.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Barzola

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

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