In what was a fun morning of mixed martial arts (MMA) action courtesy of UFC Fight Night 79 inside Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea, today (Sat., Nov. 28, 2015), main event participants -- and well-rounded Welterweight standouts -- Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal put on a spectacular showing over 25 minutes.
Check out the full co-main event recap right here.
"Smooth" and "Gamebred" came into their headliner aiming to continue climbing the 170-pound ranks and strengthen their resume by obtaining a win over a worthy opponent.
It was a short-notice bout for both combatants following a Thiago Alves injury little more than one week prior, but that didn't stop each fighter from getting after it.
Henderson kicked off the action by maintaining distance, halting the forward movement of the American Top Team (ATT) representative, Masvidal, who countered with body kicks on the southpaw. Masvidal, 31, was able to nullify the wrestling of MMA Lab's Henderson, who secured multiple takedowns in the later rounds.
However, he did eat multiple knees at times, when getting back to his feet along the fence and was also dropped -- while off balance -- in round one. Masvidal would find the most success delivering body kick strikes from range, but for the most part, was on the defensive or receiving counter shots from the former lightweight champion.
Both men left it all in the Octagon and fought a tactical fight, though Masvidal was obviously disheartened by the split-decision verdict handed down to Henderson at the fight's conclusion.
"I would've changed with proper notice. I had a week to prepare for a five-round fight -- I'll be back, man," Masvidal told Kenny Florian post-fight. "I'm not happy, wish I would've had more time to prepare for five rounds Masvidal."
The loss is his second fight since moving up to 170 pounds. Overall, it's Masvidal's third fight in 2015.
He was already scheduled to take on a ranked opponent in Dong Hyun Kim previously in the UFC "Seoul" co-main event after his technical-knockout victory over Cezar Ferreira last July, making it likely that the ex-Strikeforce Lightweight title challenger gets at least a crack against someone in the Top 15 his next time out.
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