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UFC Fight Night 79 fight card: Benson Henderson vs Jorge Masvidal full fight preview
Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal will battle this Saturday (Nov. 28, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 79 inside Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea. In a match up of well-rounded warriors, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight standouts Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal will clash this Saturday (Nov. 28, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 79 inside Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.
After a pair of tough losses at lightweight, Henderson jumped up a weight class on short-notice opposite Brandon Thatch, who had a great deal of momentum behind him at the time. Henderson looked great in that fight, and he’ll look to build from that win here.
Similarly, a controversial decision loss sent Masvidal to welterweight. He’s had just one fight as well, which he finished with a sudden knockout. As a longtime veteran of the sport who’s fought pretty much every where, Masvidal is hoping this change will propel him to the title.
Let’s take a look at the keys to victory in this bout.
Key Wins: Brandon Thatch (UFC Fight Night 60), Frankie Edgar (UFC 144, UFC 150), Gilbert Melendez (UFC on FOX 7)
Key Losses: Anthony Pettis (UFC 164, WEC 53), Rafael dos Anjos (UFC Fight Night 49)
Keys to Victory: Though he possesses a number of excellent skills, Henderson has mostly been working as a range kicker as of late. At the distance, Henderson punishes his opponent with seriously hard kicks, and he puts an extra emphasis on knocking his opponents around with low kicks.
And, if that doesn’t work out, Henderson can always fall back on his excellent wrestling and grappling.
In this bout, volume will be extraordinarily important for both fighters. Considering the toughness and well-rounded fighting style of both men, a finish is unlikely, so being ahead on the judges scorecards is vital for both men.
In order to assure that he’s ahead on the scorecards, Henderson needs to ensure that he’s throwing and landing more strikes. In particular, his low kicks will be a great tool here. For one, Masvidal often fights like a boxer, which can leave his lower body vulnerable.
Additionally, Henderson is often able to off-balance his opponent by timing it perfectly or kicking to the calf. Even if Masvidal is unfazed by the shots, it will be an impressive-looking moment for the former champion.
Key Wins: Cezar Ferreira (TUF 21 Finale), Tim Means (UFC on FOX 7), James Krause (UFC 178)
Key Losses: Rustam Khabilov (UFC Fight Night 31), Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal)
Keys to Victory: On the whole, Masvidal is similar to Henderson in a number of ways. He’s an extremely well-rounded fighter who prefers to strike but can adjust on the fly, rarely loses his composure, and has been in a number of fairly controversial decisions of his own.
However, the main difference is that Masvidal is the more effective striker. He’s not necessarily better — though we’ll find out soon — but Masvidal is the technically superior striker and definitely lands with more impact, as evidenced by his 11 knockout victories compared to Henderson’s two.
To make use of that advantage, Masvidal needs to force boxing exchanges by closing the distance and cutting off the cage. On the outside, Henderson is at an advantage with his kicking expertise, but Masvidal’s hands are far sharper, and he’s more likely to hurt Henderson than vice-versa.
While he’s not quite as potent offensively as Raphael dos Anjos, Masvidal should look to emulate the Brazilian in how he forced Henderson to exchange.
As mentioned in Henderson’s section, volume is important. If Masvidal is unable to drop or significantly stun Henderson and the “Smooth” fighter throws more strikes, he’ll likely end up on the wrong side of a close decision.
Therefore, Masvidal needs to keep his activity high. Hurting Henderson with strikes would be great, but it’s far from an easy task and should not be Masvidal’s sole path to victory.
Bottom Line: Even beyond their stylistic similarities, both fighters are in almost the same position. The two most controversial decisions — according to MMAdecisions.com — of the year sent them up a weight class, and now they’re looking to become contenders.
For Henderson, welterweight is really his last option. He holds a violent loss to the champion and a pair of losses to the number one contender at lightweight, which means that making a title run would be extremely difficult.
There’s a clear reason why he left lightweight.
If Henderson wins, he keeps his championship dreams alive. It will be difficult, but there’s no proof yet that Henderson cannot go on a run at welterweight. On the other hand, a loss here largely shuts down that idea and leaves Henderson without a clear path forward.
While Masvidal doesn’t have any losses to the top of the division — in fact, it could be argued that he’s unbeaten inside the Octagon — he repeatedly failed to get high-profile match ups despite campaigning for them. Masvidal is likely in his prime right now, so he can’t afford to waste time fighting people below him when he should be scrapping with the elite.
Masvidal hoped to fix that with a weight class move, which would also ease the abuse on his body and extend his career longevity. At the moment, it has worked out, as Henderson is the biggest name he’s ever fought. However, he absolutely has to capitalize here, otherwise he’s not likely to earn any more chances like this.
At UFC Fight Night 79, Benson Henderson and Jorge Masvidal will throw down in the main event. Which fighter will have his hand raised?
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UFC 194 Weekend Marred By 2 Injuries; RFA Champion Steps In
With so much attention on UFC 194 (Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor and Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold) in two weeks, it’s almost been forgotten that there will be a whopping three UFC cards that week. With more fights comes an increased likelihood of fights falling out, and unfortunately, that’s happening.
According to MMAJunkie, Mirsad Bektic, who was set to fight Tatsuya Kawajiri at featherweight on the Ultimate Fighter 22 finale card (Chad Mendes vs. Frankie Edgar main event, has pulled out due to an injury. There’s no word yet as to whether or not Kawajiri will stay on the card or be rebooked. With so many big featherweight fights over the weekend, there’s value in keeping him ready in case of another injury.
— RFA (@RFAfighting) November 27, 2015
In addition, one of the most anticipated prelims on the UFC 194 card is off, though the UFC has booked a replacement. “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson has suffered an injury, and she will be replaced by RFA Strawweight Champion Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger against “Tiny Tornado” Tecia Torres. Jones-Lybarger had been campaigning for the fight on social media when Waterson got hurt. She dominated veteran Zoila Frausto to win the title in her last fight, showing much improved boxing in the process.
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After UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos invited Ronda Rousey over to train at Kings MMA, head coach Rafael Cordeiro also expressed that he would be pleased to have her there, as long as Rousey shows an open mind to learning new methods.
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Tecia Torres draws Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger for UFC 194 on Dec. 12
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 115-pound contender Tecia Torres is back in business.
Not long after losing Michelle Waterson to injury (details), the promotion has tapped Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) strawweight champion Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger to step in on short notice at the upcoming UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 12, 2015, scheduled for MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I think it’s going to be a great fight and a stand-up battle for sure,” Jones-Lybarger told UFC.com. “I’m excited to make my UFC debut against somebody like her. I have a lot of respect for her in and out of the cage.”
Jones-Lybarger (6-1) is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Zoila Frausto at RFA 31 last month in “Sin City.” Torres (6-0), meanwhile, was last seen outpointing Angela Hill at UFC 188 back in June.
UFC 194 will feature the featherweight title unification bout between reigning champion Jose Aldo and interim titleholder Conor McGregor. Elsewhere on the card, middleweight contenders Ronaldo Souza and Yoel Romero hook ’em up for a crack at the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold, who also compete on Dec. 12.
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Holly Holm Says She Wants Her Next Fight Sooner Than Later
Newly crowned UFC women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm was recently interviewed by FOXSports.com about her plans for the future. She said she’s open to whatever UFC has in store for her, but she would prefer to fight again sooner than later.
“I would love to fight sooner than later but that’s because I like to be an active fighter,” Holm said. “It’s nice to have a little time off but then I start to feel like now what’s my purpose? I need to strive for something. I want to have a goal… I would love to be able to have a fight sooner than later but whatever opportunities comes and the UFC presents is what I’m going to go with.”
Dana White is trying to put together a rematch between Holm and Ronda Rousey, but Rousey is currently taking an indefinite amount of time off from MMA.
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Conor McGregor Shares Intense Workout Video Ahead of Jose Aldo Fight
Conor McGregor isn’t leaving anything to chance ahead of his rescheduled fight with Jose Aldo in December.
Originally planned for July, the fight had to be postponed after reigning champion Aldo suffered an injury in training.
With the re-arranged date now approaching fast, McGregor is clearly doing all he can to prepare for his shot at the title.
That includes cracking out sets of gruelling hanging ab crunches, and posting the evidence on Instagram for his fans to enjoy.
The countdown to December 12 is well and truly on.
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