Benson Henderson grinds out hard fought win in historic night in Seoul

For the first time ever, the UFC headed to South Korea to host UFC Fight Night 79 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul.
Benson Henderson grinds out hard fought win in historic night in Seoul

mmalatestnews.com reports: The card featured a main event of Benson Henderson taking on Jorge Masvidal and had several local Korean fighters taking part in a UFC event for the first time in their home country.

Thiago Alves had been originally booked to face Henderson however, an injury to Alves just two weeks before fight night ruled him out and led to Masvidal being called up at extremely short notice to take his place.

Henderson, of South Korean descent, was entering the Octagon for his twenty-eighth  professional contest and was given a massive reception by the packed-out Olympic gymnastics Arena.

In a very technical contest that was mostly fought on the feet, Masvidal managed to weather an early storm from Henderson in the first, and after being dropped by an overhand right he got back to his feet quickly to reply with some of his own crisp hand work.

The second round featured some more slick striking from both men though it Henderson doing the better work in the clinch which likely bought him the second round.

The pace notably slowed in the third and fourth, the volume from Henderson and Masvidal dipping and with both men landing with seemingly equal success making both rounds extremely hard to score either way.

In the fifth and final round Masvidal nearly had success with a high-arm guillotine choke, but Henderson managed to struggle out before rallying late to land a huge knee and a trip takedown on his opponent.

After twenty-five minutes of exciting back and forth action, it was Henderson who took it on the scorecards via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) to record his second victory in the 170lbs division.

The co-main event of the evening saw Dong Hyun Kim take on Dominic Walters.

'Stun Gun' Kim took control of the fight very early on, taking Walters down and locking him in a crucifix mount before laying on a full minute of ground and pound.

Walters simply couldn't escape the position and the referee called the fight after three minutes and eleven seconds of the first round.

The win took Kim's record to 21-3-1 in his MMA career, and during his post-fight interview he took the opportunity to call out Demian Maia to rematch one of his three previous losses.

In another welterweight bout, Japanese superstar Yoshihiro 'Sexyama' Akiyama went to war with Brazilian Alberto Mina in a back and forth contest.

After fifteen hard-fought minutes, it was Mina who took the contest via split decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 much to the despair of the crowd who were unsurprisingly heavily favouring Akiyama.

The first fight on the main card saw Sam Sicilia taking on Doo Ho Choi in featherweight action.

Choi, also known as the Korean Super boy, made light work of Sicilia, knocking him out after just one minute and thirty-three seconds of the very first round after landing a big overhand right onto the chin of his opponent.

The undercard had many highlights including a takedown knockout, a disturbing elbow dislocation injury and a highly entertaining women's bout that saw Seo Hee Ham defeat Courtney Casey via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

The fight between Tae Hyun Bang vs Leo Kuntz also proved to be noteworthy despite rumours circulating the MMA community of fight fixing activity taking place.

Suspicions were raised when the betting line swung significantly yesterday, with Bang going from a -200 favourite to a +420 underdog.

Those expecting Bang to be taking a dive were left sorely disappointed.

The South Korean put on an incredibly brave display and battled severe fatigue, even knocking Kuntz down in the first to take the fight on the scorecards via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

The night however, belonged to Henderson who sent the Korean fans home happy with his hard-fought victory over Masvidal.

November 28, 2015 | Olympic Gymnastics Arena | Seoul, South Korea

MAIN CARD - UFC Fight Pass, 8 a.m. ET

Benson Henderson def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)

Dong Hyun Kim def. Dominic Waters via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 3:11

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

Doo Ho Choi def. Sam Sicilia via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:33

PRELIMINARY CARD - UFC Fight Pass, 5 a.m. ET

Dongi Yang def. Jake Collier via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 1:50

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) - Round 1, 0:44

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

Dominique Steele def. Dong Hyun Kim via knockout (slam) - Round 3, 0:27

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