Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to South Korea for the first time tomorrow morning (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015) as the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul plays host to the UFC Fight Night 79: "Henderson vs. Masvidal" event live on UFC Fight Pass.
Catch all the action LIVE with a main card start time of 8 a.m ET (for up-to-date UFC Fight Night 79 results click here).
Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of the Fight Night event in Seoul.
Who: Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal
What: UFC Fight Night 79
When: Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, beginning at 5:00 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where: Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea
How To Watch: UFC Fight Pass main card at 8 a.m ET; UFC Fight Pass "Prelims" undercard at 5 a.m ET
Live UFC Fight Night 79 results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here
Why It Matters: Anytime UFC brass decides to go into a new market, it should be considered a big deal.
The UFC has been integral in growing the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) far past the horizons many expected, and debuting in yet another country only continues to grow the sport we all know and love.
With a handful of South Koreans already on UFC's roster, a fight card in Seoul could captivate young athletes to try their hand at MMA, leading to the contenders and champions of the future.
What's Hot: The UFC Fight Night 79 main event.
If you like non-stop action, Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal is just the fight for you.
The former UFC Lightweight champion has quickly become a fan favorite for his last several exciting fights, stepping into bouts on short notice, and generally being a badass in the MMA world.
Both former Lightweights have opted to stop cutting major weight and move into the 170-pound division, and finish victories for both men in their Welterweight debuts proved their moves worthwhile.
Henderson and Masvidal are going to put on a hell of a fight tomorrow in Seoul, so sit back and enjoy the show.
What's Not: Considering this fight card is for South Korean fans, I won't even bring up the ludicrous start time for the event.
What's really grinding my gears is UFC brass' decision to slate Yoshihiro Akiyama against the undefeated Alberto Mina.
"Sexyama" was essentially retired after not fighting for more than 24 months following a four fight losing streak, but the Japanese fan favorite opted to come back for one more rodeo last September when he defeated Amir Sadollah via decision.
After taking yet another year off, Akiyama once again decided to test his skills at 40-years old, but instead of giving him a softball of an opponent, UFC decided to schedule him against an undefeated Brazilian wrecking machine in Mina.
"Soldier of God" is 1-0 inside the Octagon, so getting the opportunity to fight Akiyama in his second UFC appearance is truly baffling to me.
Original Card vs Actual Card:
It's almost laughable how many UFC main and co-main events have been lost due to injury in 2015.
The original UFC Fight Night 79 main event was a battle between Benson Henderson and Thiago Alves, but when "Pitbull" pulled out due to an injury, Jorge Masvidal stepped up from the co-main event into the main event slot on short notice.
Thankfully, the new main event is just as good, if not better than what was originally scheduled.
Dong Hyun Kim was initially slated to battle Masvidal, but once "Gamebred" was placed into the main event, UFC brass called up Dom Waters to take his place against Kim.
Mirko Cro Cop was also scheduled to fight at UFC Fight Night 79, but his abrupt retirement and failed drug test nixed his Heavyweight affair altogether.
The final change to the event came when Hyun Gyu Lim pulled out of his fight against Dominique Steele, and newcomer Dong Hyun Kim stepped up to the plate on short notice.
Dong Hyun Kim (vs. Dominique Steele): Not to be confused with longtime UFC veteran Dong Hyun Kim who is fighting in the co-main event of the evening, the new Kim also hails from South Korea, and will be making his Octagon debut on short notice. Kim is 13-6, boasting 11 finishes in a variety of ways.
How The "Prelims" Look: The UFC Fight Night 79 "Prelims" is definitely one undercard to skip out on.
If you live on this side of the world, it really makes no sense to wake up in the middle of the night to watch a handful of fighters you may have never heard of throwing down inside the Octagon.
Considering this event is on UFC Fight Pass, you can always watch the replay later on after finding out which fights are worth the time.
To be fair, this card is not meant to be stacked with name fighters, but instead is being catered to the South Korean fans in attendance.
Who Needs A Win Badly: This portion is reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs today, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let's take a look at those who need to pull it together:
None of the fighters on the UFC Fight Night 79 card are directly on the chopping block per se, but nearly every fighter on the "Prelims" could justifiably be cut with a loss in South Korea.
Most of the fighters on the undercard will likely never be UFC contenders, let alone champions. Considering most of the fighters are of Asian descent and are worthwhile filler at Asian UFC events, I doubt you will see very many cuts following UFC Fight Night 79.
Interest Level: 1/10
The only fight that means anything at all is the main event, and it also happens to be the most competitive fight on paper as well.
To reiterate, this card is not meant to please fight fans outside of South Korea, but instead spark interest in MMA for an entirely new demographic.
This card is not terrible by any means, but if you only end up watching the main event live, you likely wouldn't be missing much.
If you are keen on watching the main card, I suggest paying very close attention to Doo Ho Choi, as the "Korean Superboy" could be one of the best prospects to ever come out of Asia.
Other than that, hopefully we are treated to some exciting fights!
Check out the full UFC Fight Night 79 card right here:
170 lbs.: Ben Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal
UFC Fight Pass Main Card (8 a.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Dominic Waters
170 lbs.: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina
145 lbs.: Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
UFC Fight Pass Prelims (4:30 a.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Jake Collier vs. Dongi Yang
145 lbs.: Yui Chul Nam vs. Mike De La Torre
170 lbs.: Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz
115 lbs.: Cortney Casey vs. Seo Hee Ham
125 lbs.: Fredy Serrano vs. Yao Zhikui
135 lbs.: Marco Beltran vs. Ning Guangyou
170 lbs.: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Dominique Steele
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 79 fight card on fight day (click here), starting with the UFC Fight Pass "Prelims" bouts at 4:30 a.m. ET before moving on to the UFC Fight Pass main card line up at 8 a.m. ET.
See you then!