A fresh week often means another mixed martial arts event somewhere on the globe for an MMA fan to sink their teeth into, and this week is no different.

UFC Fight Night 79 hits the scenes this Saturday, November 28, in Seoul, South Korea. Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal will clash in the main event and are featured in this week’s edition of ‘Fight of the Week’.

Two former lightweights are going to hit the scale on weigh in day at 170 pounds, in hopes of continuing their successful transformation, after both coming off impressive debuts at welterweight. Henderson submitted Brandon Thatch by rear-naked-choke in a clash comparable to when David faced Goliath, where the smaller guy, Henderson, outwit the bigger striker in Thatch.

Henderson is a former champion at lightweight in one of UFC’s toughest and most competitive divisions, but he never really got the love from fans like other champions got. However, if there was any doubt in anyone’s mind that Henderson is a A-grade mixed martial artist and entertaining fighter, the Thatch fight should have ended that conversation. Henderson is entertaining to watch and a monster for any opponent in the world’s top promotion.

Masvidal perhaps never achieved the accolades Henderson did at lightweight, or even faced the same caliber of opponents as him, but don’t get it twisted, Masvidal is a fierce competitor, willing to scrap with anyone who signs the contract.

Masvidal is coming of a knockout victory, so his appetite is already wet for more. Henderson has more submission finishes while Masvidal is the one who boasts eleven knockouts over the course of his career. Still, I wouldn’t describe this contest as a “Striker vs. Grappler”, it’s a too simplistic description of these two well-rounded athletes. They are mixed martial artists and the total package.

In this fight, we’ll find out a couple of things.

One, Henderson is half-Korean, so the expectations are that he should get the extra love from the South Korean audience, but we’ll have to wait and see. His advantage in being a veteran in five round main event fights might serve him well here against Masvidal, who haven’t been in a five round fight since his 2011 title fight in Strikeforce against, at the time, titleholder, Gilbert Melendez.

Second, Masvidal had perhaps some trouble putting people away, by knockout, at 155 pounds, but that problem seems to be gone at welterweight. If you give him the time and opportunity to strike blow for blow, he might not have to be given too many opportunities to take you out. Henderson has fantastic cardio and striking, but not as devastating striking as Masvidal it appears. A clever game plan, from a simplistic viewpoint, might be to mix it up on the feet in hopes for an opportunity to take it to the ground.

Both men are undefeated as welterweights today, but on Sunday, only one man will continue moving forward while the other will have to reevaluate.

 

Stay tuned for the latest news and updates revolving around UFC Fight Night 79’.

About The Author

Christian Larusson
Staff Writer

Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.

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