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UFC Fight Night 79 'Prelims:' Fight Pass undercard preview and predictions, Pt. 2

More fights are coming to Fight Pass-only this weekend (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015) when UFC Fight Night 79: “Henderson vs. Masvidal” kicks off from Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 79 "Prelims" party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part under card preview series.

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This weekend (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015), we give both thanks and beatings.

Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal will headline this weekend's UFC Fight Night 79 Fight Pass-only event, which goes down Saturday morning from Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, Korea. In addition, Dong Hyun Kim will square off with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran Dom Waters, while Yoshihiro Akiyama returns to action to face Alberto Mina.

We looked at first three UFC Fight Night 79 "Prelims" undercard matches yesterday right here. Four more remain to preview and predict, so let's get down to it.

145 lbs.: Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia

Unbeaten since 2010, Doo Ho Choi (12-1) joined UFC on a nine-fight win streak, seven of them via knockout. He made it 10 and eight in Nov. 2014, when he smashed Juan Manuel Puig in eighteen seconds.

This will be the third time "The Korean Superboy" has been booked to face Sicilia, as injuries removed him from the previous two.

Following his unsuccessful run on TUF 15, Sam Sicilia (15-5) struggled out of the gate with a 3-4 start to his UFC career, three of those losses via stoppage. He’s since righted the ship with two straight wins, knocking out Akira Corassani.

He has stopped 12 professional foes, eight by way of knockout.

My assessment of this fight has not changed in the 1.5 years since it was first booked: Choi is going to hurt Sicilia something awful. The Korean is the better striker by far, the more durable of the two, and has some quality takedown defense to complement his lethal hands.

Sicilia simply does not have the chin to survive a slugfest here.

Though there are some valid concerns about ring rust, Choi would need to have a truly historic off night to lose this one. Expect him to smash Sicilia sometime in the first round.

Prediction: Choi via first-round technical knockout

185 lbs.: Dongi Yang vs. Jake Collier

Dongi Yang (12-3) wound up on the wrong end of some close decisions in his first UFC run, ultimately washing out with a 1-3 promotional record. In April, "The Ox" returned from nearly two years away to knockout Dennis Hallmann for his second win since his exit.

He’s scored finishes in all 12 of his wins, 11 of them via knockout.

Jake Collier (9-2) won the first 4:50 of his Octagon debut against Vitor Miranda, only to suffer a head kick knockout in the waning seconds of the round. His sophomore effort proved a mite more successful as he upset world-class grappler Ricardo "Demente" Abreu by split decision.

He stands four inches taller than Yang at 6’3."

Despite the utter lack of divisional relevance, this is a fairly interesting scrap between two massively strong, but technically limited, Middleweight fighters.

I’ve got "The Ox."

Collier’s almost certainly going to struggle to take the big Korean down and, on the feet, Yang packs considerably more firepower. The American’s best shot at victory is likely wall-and-stall, but I don’t envision him having too much success there. Yang breaks him down with power shots before ultimately polishing him off sometime in the second.

Prediction: Yang via second-round technical knockout

145 lbs.: Yui Chul Nam vs. Mike de la Torre

Yui Chul Nam (18-5-1) lived up to his nickname in his promotional debut, an absolute slobberknocker with Kazuki Tokudome that Nam edged via split decision. He was not so lucky in his subsequent bout, where he lost a questionable decision to Phillipe Nover in Manila.

He has stopped nine opponents overall, eight via knockout.

The lesser of UFC’s two "El Cucuys," Mike de la Torre (13-5) began his UFC career with consecutive losses to Mark Bocek and Brian Ortega, only for a failed drug test to nullify the latter. He picked up his first victory in the promotion in February, beating down Tiago dos Santos in three minutes, only to fall victim to an early stoppage against Maximo Blanco in July.

He stands three inches taller than Nam at 6’0."

The deciding factor here -- as with a majority of Nam’s fights -- will be how long he can maintain his offense. The Korean’s strength and wrestling make him a handful for almost anyone in the division, de la Torre included. His last fight gives me confidence, however, as he took over late.

If he can do the same here, de la Torre is in trouble.

The American can dish out some damage and handle himself in most aspects of the fight, but ostensibly lacks the ability to blunt his offense. Though a knockout is unlikely, expect "The Korean Bulldozer’s" pressure to carry the day as he grinds de la Torre down for a decision win.

Prediction: Nam via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz

After a winning his first fight after nearly three years out of the cage, Tae Hyun Bang (17­-9) joined UFC in January of last year, losing a decision to Mairbek Taisumov in his debut. He followed that up with a brutal one-punch knockout of Kajan Johnson, but couldn’t make it two in a row thanks to the power and submission prowess of Jon Tuck.

He’s scored nine knockouts in his 11-year professional career.

Leo Kuntz (17-2-1) brought a 15-fight unbeaten streak into his UFC debut, his last loss coming in May 2009. Unfortunately for him, Dagestani prospect Islam Makhachev proved too much to handle, submitting Kuntz with a rear-naked choke in the second round.

He has finished 12 opponents, seven via knockout.

Yes, yes, this is a fight between Bang and Kuntz. That is, in fact, hilarious, but we’re professionals here.

Generally speaking, Bang’s biggest enemy is his own lack of volume. He’s the more experienced fighter against quality opposition and should be the better striker of the two; it just comes down to whether he’ll actually throw enough to sway the judges.

I’ve got faith in him, however misplaced it may be.

Bang is the bigger hitter and ought to be able to sprawl-and-brawl with some success. So long as he doesn’t give the fight away through his inactivity, expect him to potshot his way to a decision.

Prediction: Bang via unanimous decision

UFC Fight Night 79 a solid card. And Saturday morning's cartoons aren't quite as good as they used to be. Early-morning face-punching is as good a way to wake up as any.

Hope you see you there, Maniacs!

Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 79 fight card, starting with the "Prelims" matches online at 5:00 a.m. ET and then the Fight Pass main card at 8 a.m. ET.

Current UFC "Prelims" Prediction Record 2015: 116-74 (2 NC)

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