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Welcome to WrestlingObserver.com’s live coverage of the UFC Fight Night 79: Henderson vs. Masvidal weigh-ins from the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea kicking off at 2 AM eastern time. The event airs on Saturday on UFC Fight Pass at 8 AM eastern time. Preliminary card action kicks off on UFC Fight Pass at 5 AM eastern time. This will be the debut of the UFC in Seoul, South Korea.
The event is headlined by a five-round welterweight bout as former UFC and WEC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson takes on former Strikeforce title challenger Jorge Masvidal, who took the headline position on short notice as an injury replacement for Thiago Alves. In the co-main event, it will be South Korea’s own Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim taking on Dominic Waters. Also on the card is the return after 14 months off for Yoshihiro Akiyama, who takes on the undefeated Alberto Mina.
MAIN CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 8 AM ET/5 AM PT):
Benson Henderson (170) vs. Jorge Masvidal (170)
Dong Hyun Kim (171) vs. Dominic Waters (170)
Yoshihiro Akiyama (170) vs. Alberto Mina (171)
Doo Ho Choi (146) vs. Sam Sicilia (146)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 5 AM ET/2 AM PT):
Dongi Yang (186) vs. Jake Collier (185)
Yui Chul Nam (146) vs. Mike de la Torre (146)
Tae Hyun Bang (156) vs. Leo Kuntz (156)
Seo Hee Ham (115) vs. Cortney Casey (116)
Yao Zhikui (126) vs. Fredy Serrano (125)
Ning Guangyou (134) vs. Marco Beltran (136)
Dominique Steele (171) vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (170)
*Benson Henderson needed the towel to make weight, but he made it at 170 pounds.
*Dong Hyun Kim and Yoshihiro Akiyama got the big reactions from the crowd. Akiyama looked every bit as muscular as in the past. He is being billed to the local crowd as Choo Sung-hoon, which is his Korean name.
*Yui Chul Nam and Mike de la Torre had an intense staredown with neither man shaking the others’ hand afterwards.
*Dominique Steele needed a towel, but he made the welterweight limit of 171 pounds.