The UFC are planning to make their debut in South Korea on November 28th with UFC Fight Night 79 and they have targeted a welterweight bout between Ben Henderson and Thiago Alves as the main event of the evening.
It should be stressed that the fight hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but Henderson has Korean heritage and had already expressed an interest in fighting on the card.
A former UFC lightweight champion, Henderson dipped his toe in the welterweight waters early this year when he accepted a short notice fight with Brandon Thatch. At the time Henderson was coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, with one coming just a month earlier, losing a five round decision to Donald Cerrone.
It was a risky move to accept that fight, but it proved to be a fruitful one as Henderson pulled off a fourth round submission victory over Thatch and won over a lot of fans in the process for his courage and willingness to fight anyone, any time.
Meanwhile, Alves has gone 1-1 so far in 2015, starting the year with a second round TKO victory against Jordan Mein, but then losing out by TKO against Carlos Condit back in May.
Injury woes and health concerns have marred Alves career in recent years, so if he stays fit and makes it to the Octagon in South Korea in November then this will be the only time since 2008 that Alves has fought three times in a single calendar year.