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UFC Fight Night 79 fantasy picks: 'Henderson vs. Masvidal' Kountermove preview

Can "Smooth" pick up a massive victory in Seoul?

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will debut in Seoul, South Korea this Saturday (Nov., 28, 2015) as the Olympic Gymnastics Arena plays host to the UFC Fight Night 79 event, featuring the former UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson taking on Jorge Masvidal in a Welterweight fixture.

With an early morning event to look forward to, why not get invested by playing Fantasy MMA with Kountermove?

If you are not familiar with how Kountermove works, here is what you need to know:

In Kountermove you build a team of five fighters utilizing a "salary cap" of $25,000 in fantasy money to spend on drafting the team you expect to perform the best on fight night. If your team performs well enough, you will likely have a share of cash prizes in any number of Kountermove's games.

Points* are scored with finishes, significant strikes, knockdowns, takedowns, dominant positions, and submission attempts. The more dominant your fighters' performance is, the more points you're going to score. For a detailed breakdown of how the scoring works, click here.

*Fighter statistics are provided by FightMetric LLC, the UFC's official stats provider.

Below I break down the UFC Fight Night 79 card to help give you an edge in Kountermove this weekend. Here is my star pick, my underdog pick, and a handful of quick picks for the Saturday night event.

Star Pick: Dong Hyun Kim ($5,300)

For their South Korean debut, UFC brass gave their most noteworthy hometown hero an incredibly favorable matchup.

Dong Hyun Kim will battle The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 16 veteran Dominic Waters in the co-main event of the evening, in what should be a completely one-sided fight.

"Stun Gun" currently sits at No. 7 in the UFC rankings (see them here), while Waters is unranked and 0-1 inside the Octagon.

"Sho Nuff" is certainly tough as nails, considering he has never been finished in his three career losses, but Kim should outclass him at every turn in this battle.

Expect the 34-year old to wrangle Waters to the mat, pass guard, and submit him in quick order to a raucous crowd in South Korea.

The Underdog: Doo Ho Choi ($4,600)

There is a reason Doo Ho Choi is nicknamed the "Korean Superboy."

Hyperbole aside, Choi could very well be the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) prospect to come out of South Korea in the sport's young history, and at 24-years old, the sky is the limit for the Featherweight wrecking machine.

Choi will open up the UFC Fight Night 79 main card against Sam Sicilia, and fight fans can expect major violence from the South Korean native.

Choi is 12-1 in his MMA career, earning nine knockouts, including his vicious finish against Juan Manuel Puig in his Octagon debut last November.

Sicilia is a perfect opponent for Choi to brutally knockout in his own backyard, but the powerful American certainly poises a threat on the feet if Choi is not wary of his own hellacious stopping power.

Sicilia often finds himself winging haymakers in search of a finish, which has left him prone to counters and takedowns. While Sicilia can unleash ferocious punches on mediocre UFC talent, he will likely have major difficulties landing on Choi this Saturday.

Expect the "Korean Superboy" to shine in the biggest fight of his career thus far.

Quick Picks:

Benson Henderson ($5,300): By no means is Benson Henderson a lock this Saturday night, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to pick against the former UFC Lightweight champ. "Smooth" will battle fellow former Lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal in the main event of the evening in what should be an exceptional fight. While I'm not certain there will be a finish either way, I see Henderson taking control of the bout in the latter rounds, picking up the victory and major points in Kountermove along the way.

Yoshihiro Akiyama ($5,100): I'm not sure Yoshihiro Akiyama has much left in the gas tank, nor do I understand UFC brass' choice to schedule him against the undefeated Alberto Mina, but there is simply no way I am making a Kountermove team without "Sexyama" this weekend. The Japanese star returned to the Octagon last year to dominate Amir Sadollah in a vintage Akiyama performance, and I am hoping for something similar on Saturday. While it could be wishful thinking, "Sexyama" just might have one more trick up his sleeve.

Good luck picking!

For more information on UFC Fight Night 78, including the full fight card, results, news and more click here.

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