Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves headlines UFC card in South Korea
The UFC’s first trip to South Korea now has a main event as well as an entire main card after the promotion announced the full slate of fights on Sunday night.
The headlining bout in Seoul will be a welterweight showdown as former UFC champion Benson Henderson looks for his second win at 170 pounds as he faces former title challenger Thiago Alves.
Henderson bumped up to welterweight on short notice earlier this year where he choked out highly touted prospect Brandon Thatch before an injury derailed him for most of 2015.
Now that he’s healthy again, Henderson looks to resume his career while targeting another win in the welterweight division.
Alves will try to slow Henderson down while trying to get back in the win column following a tough loss to current No. 1 welterweight contender Carlos Condit in his last fight.
Alves has been a perennial top 10 challenger for most of his career but a long list of injuries and the loss in his previous bout have slowed the Brazilian down. He will try to gain steam again by beating Henderson on November 28 at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena.
The co-main event will see Mirko Cro Cop return to action following his last victory over Gabriel Gonzaga when he faces fellow heavyweight Anthony Hamilton.
Cro Cop made quite the impact after re-signing with the UFC earlier this year and his career rejuvenation continues when he fights in South Korea this November.
Korean fighter Dong Hyun Kim will fight close to home as he faces American Top Team competitor Jorge Masvidal in an intriguing bout at 170 pounds while Yoshihiro Akiyama takes on Alberto Mina in a featured welterweight matchup on the main card.
More fights will be announced for the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in South Korea in the coming weeks.