When news broke of Thiago Alves (21-10) being forced to withdraw from his main event bout against Benson Henderson (22-5) at UFC Fight Night 79, fans began to run their fingers up and down UFC welterweight roster looking for a worthy headliner to stand opposite the former 3-time defending lightweight champion. One wouldn’t have to look any further than co-main eventer Jorge Masivdal (29-9).
Masvidal was originally slated to take on Dong Hyun Kim in the co-main event of the UFC’s first visit to South Korea. It was officially announced earlier today that Masvidal, a former Strikeforce lightweight number one contender, has been promoted to the main event to take on Henderson. Kim will remain on the card with a new opponent to be determined.
UFC Fight Night 79 already took a hit earlier on in the week when MMA heavyweight legend Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic was busted for violating the UFC anti-doping policy. Cro Cop, who announced his retirement the day before the UFC released the following statement, was scheduled to take on Anthony Hamilton in the co-main event of UFN 79 – Hamilton will now be moved to a future card.
Here’s the current UFC Fight Night 79 ‘Henderson vs. Masvidal’ card as it stands today. The full card will air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
• Welterweight Main Event: Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal
• Welterweight Bout: Dong Hyun Kim vs. TBA
• Welterweight Bout: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina
• Welterweight Bout: Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Dominique Steele
• Featherweight Bout: Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
• Featherweight Bout: Yui Chul Nam vs. Mike de la Torre
• Lightweight Bout: Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz
• Middleweight Bout: Dongi Yang vs. Jake Collier
• Women’s Strawweight Bout: Seohee Ham vs. Cortney Casey
• Flyweight Bout: Yao Zhikui vs. Fredy Serrano
• Bantamweight Bout: Ning Guangyou vs. Marco Beltran
cover image via D. Mandel/Sherdog
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