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UFC Fight Night 79 Betting Odds Preview

If you decide to wake up at an ungodly hour this Saturday and you’re looking for some UFC action, you’re in luck. The UFC packs its bags and heads to Seoul, South Korea for UFC Fight Night 79, which is main-evented by Benson Henderson vs Jorge Masvidal.

Henderson is in limbo in the UFC after back-to-back losses against Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone. This has led to reports that Henderson is on his way out of the UFC with his contract expiring with this fight likely being his last in the company.

When it comes to striking, Henderson is anything but conventional. The Glendale-native likes to set up his punches with leg kicks, but has also been seen throwing punches at opponent’s hips and legs. Henderson’s bread and butter though is his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which he has a black belt in, as 10 of his 22 career wins have come by submission.

Masvidal offers an intriguing test for Henderson, especially standing. Gamebred’s boxing background makes him heady and decisive when throwing combinations on the feet. Masvidal has also proven to be a competent wrestler and has shown the ability to get out of bad situations on the ground.

More than anything, Henderson and Masvidal have proven to be distance fighters with almost two thirds of their combined career wins coming by decision.

The longer this fight stays on the feet the more it will favor Masvidal, but if Henderson can keep Masvidal on his back then it will play into Smooth’s gameplan.

Co-Main Event: Dong Hyun Kim vs Dominic Waters

Dong Hyun Kim likely breathed a quiet sigh of relief when Masvidal was promoted to the main event after an injury to Thiago Alves. Instead, The Stun Gun will be facing off against relative newcomer Dominic Waters.

Kim is one of the UFC’s most tenured fighters, making his octagon debut in 2008. Since then, the South Korean has posted a record of 10-3 with one no contest. Despite holding blackbelts in both judo and BJJ, Kim has spent most of his career standing up.

Waters made his UFC debut on The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale on short notice, with this fight being his first under the banner with a full camp. Waters has an abnormally long frame for a welterweight (79 inch reach), but tends to move in straight lines with a high guard, which leaves him exposed.

Waters has not been in the Octagon since July, so he had plenty of time to work on his game. If Waters is able to model his gameplan after the similarly built Neil Magny, then this could be an upset. 

UFC Fight Night 79: Seoul, South Korea

Odds as of November 24 at 5Dimes

  • Benson Henderson -255
  • Jorge Masvidal +215
  • Dong Hyun Kim -600
  • Dominic Waters +450
  • Yoshihiro Akiyama -170
  • Alberto Mina +150
  • Sam Sicilia +180
  • Doo Ho Choi -220
  • Dongi Yang +125
  • Jake Collier -145
  • Yui Chui Nam -120
  • Mike De La Torre +100
  • Leo Kuntz +150
  • Tae Hyun Bang -170
  • Seo Hee Ham +145
  • Cortney Casey-Sanchez -165
  • Yao Zhikui +165
  • Fredy Serrano -190
  • Marco Beltran +180
  • Ning Guangyou -220
  • Dong Hyun Kim +115
  • Dominique Steele -135