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Jorge Masvidal will 'hurt' Ben Henderson at UFC Seoul, if 'Smooth' doesn't run and point-fight

"Gamebred" has a new lease on life in the UFC welterweight division and is hoping for an extended stay (and run to the top) if he can dispatch "Smooth" in Seoul, South Korea, tomorrow morning (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015).

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Jorge Masvidal, who was once a world title challenger at lightweight, has packed up his mixed martial arts (MMA) weaponry and already blasted one would-be Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) competitor in his new home at welterweight this year.

"Gamebred" demolished TUF: "Brazil" winner Cezar Ferreira back in July with a well-placed elbow and follow-up strikes (video), setting up a co-main event tussle with Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 79 tomorrow morning (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015).

But then an injury to American Top Team (ATT) teammate and main event combatant Thiago Alves opened up the door for the Cuban-American to take on Benson Henderson.

Of course, this meant the ex-Strikeforce lightweight title challenger would be going from a three-round affair to a possible 25-minute engagement with "Smooth," who's been known to fancy a lengthy Octagon battle before.

However, the opportunity to defeat a previous UFC champion en route to receiving a potential ranked opponent in the 170-pound division was ultimately too good to pass up (via MMAjunkie).

"You're going to see fireworks. If you know my career and you've seen me fight, I want to try to fight and hurt the dude. I'm going to try and hurt him, from beginning to end. It just depends. Hopefully, Ben doesn't come to run and you know, point fight? Sometimes he'll do enough to win the fight and just win the rounds. I'm hoping he comes in to hurt me and I'm going to return the favor."

Masvidal's departure from lightweight waters was spurred because of a close-call in a tilt opposite rising 155-pound prospect Al Iaquinta last April, which saw the former dumbfounded by the judges' split-decision reading of the fight.

That was the old Jorge, who now plans on scoring the finish each and every time he sets foot inside the Octagon.

Overall, the 31-year-old veteran went 5-2 in UFC as a lightweight, before notching the big win over "Mutante" in San Diego this past summer. He will now be taking on his toughest test to date in "Smooth," who was the best lightweight in the world for a period between 2012-13.

Come check out some of Henderson's signature Octagon moves here, as well as the entire UFC Fight Night 79: "Henderson vs. Masvidal" card and results here and here.

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