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After The Crossfire – UFC Fight Night 79: Henderson vs Masvidal

Benson Henderson outworked Jorge Masvidal in earning a split-decision victory in the main event of UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, South Korea.

Henderson used timely strikes and takedowns to overcome the octagon pressure of Masvidal, who landed  some strikes of his own, but for the most part was trying to look for an opening.

The judges scored it 48-47, 47-48, and 49-46.

Masvidal was replacing the injured Thiago Alves.

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So Hee Ham and Courtney Casey earned Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Dominique Steele and Doo Ho Choi earned Performances-of-the-Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in:

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD 

DOO HO CHOI VS SAM SICILIA

UFC Seoul

Doo Ho Choi of South Korea punches Sam Sicilia of the United States of America before the referee stops the fight due to TKO in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena on November 28, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: DOO HOO CHOI VIA TKO R1 1:33

WISEMAN PREDICTION: SAM SICILIA VIA TKO

ANDREWS: Choi just landed more bombs in a wild 90 seconds. Sicilia fired back and landed too, but Choi recovered and reloaded. He proved he has the chin to contend and it’s a great win for him. Sam Sicilia is no joke.

YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA VS ALBERTO MINA

UFC Seoul

Alberto Mina of Brazil throws a punch at Yoshihiro Akiyama of Japan in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena on November 28, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: ALBERTO MINA VIA SPLIT DECISION (29-28, 28-29 29-28)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA VIA TKO

ANDREWS: I thought Akiyama won this with a good third round, but the judges thought Mina won the first two rounds. It was a good battle, with Akiyama not getting that fast start. He also let Mina steal the second round with Mina’s ground control being one of the main factors.

#7 DONG HYUN KIM VS DOMINIC WATERS 

UFC Seoul

The referee is forced to stop the bout after Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea too over Dominic Waters of the United States of America welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena on November 28, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: DONH HYUN KIM VIA TKO R1 3:11

WISEMAN PREDICTION: DONG HYUN KIM VIA TKO

ANDREWS: Kim dominated from the get-go, trapping Waters in a crucifix and raining down punches. While Waters struggled to break free, the referee was forced to call the fight. Excellent performance by The Stun Gun.

MAIN EVENT 

BENSON HENDERSON  VS JORGE MASVIDAL

UFC Seoul

Benson Henderson of the United States of America throws a kick at Jorge Masvidal of the United States of America in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena on November 28, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

WINNER: BENSON HENDERSON VIA SPLIT-DECISION (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: BENSON HENDERSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

ANDREWS: Henderson just outworked Masvidal and the judges had it closer than the fight really was. Credit Masvidal for taking the fight on short notice, but I’m not sure it would have mattered. Henderson controlled most of the bout with timely strikes and ground control. How far can Henderson’s point-fighting style take him in the welterweight division?

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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