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MMA Betting: Fight Night 79 Henderson-Masvidal Main Card Preview

Posted by The Wiesguy on 11/26/2015 8:44:10 PM

The next big event on the MMA calendar is on Saturday November 28, Fight Night 79 from Olympic Gymnastic Arena in Seoul, South Korea, the first time UFC has organized an event in that country. Originally it was going to feature Benson Henderson and Thiago Alves but Alves has a broken rib so Jorge Masvidal was asked to step up.

This will be just the second time that Henderson has fought as a welterweight and it will also be the first time he has fought outside of North America. Neither is affecting the fact that he is a decided favourite over Masvidal, as high as -265, who has more experience at this weight, and more experience in general with a record of 29-9 over a career that dates back to 2003. As a last minute addition to the marquee bout he is not expected to win but should battle at +226. It is hard to fade the favourite here though.

The match before this one is really expected to be a mismatch. Dong Hyun Kim is -750 in some places as he takes on Dominic Waters. Kim is a South Korean native with a strong resume. When he is in a situation like this (big favourite) he usually makes quick work of his opponents too. This will be only Waters’ second UFC fight. His previous was a loss against George Sullivan. Waters is a replacement and will likely look like one at the end of the bout.

A bout that should be a good battle will be between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Alberto Mina. Akiyama has not enjoyed much success in the UFC. He won his first bout on the circuit but has won only one of four since then. Still the Japanese fighter some call Sexyama is the favourite over Mina. Mina’s nickname is “Soldier of God”, that might sound a little too righteous for me but it doesn’t change that he has never lost a professional fight, 11-0. Only one of those was a part of the UFC though, a first round knockout of Shinsho Anzai in his last fight back in 2014. It will be interesting to see if there is any rust. Mina looks like the best dog to back on this card.

The final fight (first fight actually) of the main card is Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia. Choi has not fought in over a year which looks odd on paper because his last fight was a stunning success, TKO in just 18 seconds in his UFC debut. This is the third time the UFC has tried to make this fight between Choi and Sicilia. The first was last year when Choi pulled out due to injury and the second was earlier this season when he pulled out for undisclosed reasons. Sicilia has been on the scene with UFC since 2012 and has been successful with a 15-5 record. The American will be the underdog in this one at +206

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