Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debuted in South Korea earlier today (Sat., Nov., 28, 2015) as the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul played host to UFC Fight Night 79: "Henderson vs. Masvidal."
In the main event of the evening, Benson Henderson earned a split decision victory over Jorge Masvidal in a thrilling back-and-forth Welterweight affair.
The co-main event saw South Korean hero Dong Hyun Kim run right through short-notice replacement Dominic Waters en route to a first round (technical) knockout.
With that quick overview of the night's marquee bouts, here are your biggest winners, as well as the runners-up from Seoul.
Biggest Winner: Benson Henderson
Heading into the South Korean event, Benson Henderson had one last fight on his UFC contract, promising he would test free agency in the coming months.
With that notion, "Smooth" put a ton of pressure on himself to put together an exceptional performance at UFC Fight Night 79 to get a major payday from UFC, Bellator ... or even ONE FC.
After a thrilling five round main event against Jorge Masvidal, I think it is safe to say the former UFC Lightweight champion earned a hefty new contract from UFC brass.
Henderson ended up winning the war of attrition via split decision as he put on a show for the South Korean fans in attendance, and fight fans watching around the world.
With two straight victories at Welterweight, and the ability to fight in either the 155-pound or 170-pound weight class, Henderson proves to be too valuable of a chip for UFC to lose.
Time to pay the man, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta.
Runners-up: Dong Hyun Kim
It was to be expected, but Dong Hyun Kim got the job done in UFC's debut in South Korea.
Fighting in front of his hometown crowd for the first time in a over a decade, "Stun Gun" utterly dominated short notice replacement Dominic Waters en route to a first round (technical) knockout.
Kim quickly utilized his judo to throw Waters to the mat, passed into the crucifix position, and rained down hammerfists and elbows until the referee was forced to stop the bout.
The victory pushes Kim to 5-1 in his last six bouts, and at No. 7 in the Welterweight division, the South Korean could be fighting for UFC gold if he can compile two victories over top-five competition.
Kim asked UFC brass for a rematch against Demian Maia. With the Brazilian fighting Gunnar Nelson in just a few weeks at UFC 194, could we see the two men battle in early 2015 with a Maia victory?
Time will tell.
Doo Ho Choi
"The Korean Superboy" is the real deal ladies and gentleman.
Providing fight fans with some superb 8 a.m. violence, Doo Ho Choi ran straight through Sam Sicilia en route to a vicious first round knockout.
In his two Octagon appearances, Choi has fought a total of one minute and 51 seconds, earning two impressive knockouts in the process.
In his post-fight interview with Kenny Florian, Choi took his opportunity to call out the legendary Tatsuya Kawajiri, and asked UFC brass for more fights in the future.
With impressive performances in back-to-back fights, and a 11-fight winning streak dating back to 2010, expect to see a lot more of the South Korean prodigy.
Biggest Loser: Dominic Waters
UFC Fight Night 79 will not be a night to remember for Dominic Waters.
The unranked The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran stepped up on very short notice to battle hometown favorite and No. 7 ranked Welterweight Dong Hyun Kim in Seoul, and was completely outclassed in quick order.
Waters' job shouldn't be on the chopping block due to him stepping up on short notice, but being the sacrificial lamb has got to be a tough pill to swallow.
Almost nobody gave Waters a chance to upset Kim, and the inevitable result played out in front of thousands of raucous South Koreans.
Now 0-2 inside the Octagon, Waters should be gifted a fight against a bottom feeder in a must win fight.
Runners-up: Alberto Mina
Bad decisions are a part of MMA, so there won't be much gained by discussing Mina's controversial victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama earlier today.
What lands "Soldier of God" in the "Biggest Loser" section is his horrendous display in the third round against "Sexyama."
After badly hurting Akiyama in the second, and nearly finishing him as the bell rung, most expected the Brazilian to storm out of the gates in the third round en route to a knockout victory.
Instead, Mina fought sluggishly for the final five minutes, diving for ill-fated takedowns nearly every 30 seconds, before laying on his back and asking Akiyama to come into his guard.
When "Sexyama" did not oblige — which happened about 5 times — referee Steve Perceval was forced to ask Mina to stand up, taking all the excitement out of the bout.
The crowd booed relentlessly as an exhausted and battered Mina could barely stand on two legs as he coasted to a highly controversial split decision victory.
Dong Hyun Kim
Not to be confused with "Stun Gun," Dong Hyun Kim made his UFC debut earlier today on short notice, and the end result was one of the most violent knockouts of the year.
Unfortunately for "Maestro," he was on the wrong end of a brutal slam knockout against Dominic Steele in the very first fight of the night.
Kim was essentially out when his head slammed forcefully into the mat, but to make matters worse, Steele unloaded a vicious barrage of elbows upon the South Korean before the referee finally stepped in.
Check out the vicious knockout right here.
That's not how you want to start your Octagon career.
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