Former lightweight king Benson Henderson is hanging around at 170 pounds. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Ex-UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will again compete at 170 pounds when he takes on Thiago Alves in the UFC Fight Night main event in Seoul on Nov. 28.
Promotion officials on Sunday confirmed the matchup, as well as the rest of the four-bout main card for the event, which takes place at Olympic Gymnastics Arena and streams on UFC Fight Pass. Also booked for the promotion’s first trip to South Korea is a previously reported heavyweight co-headliner between Mirko Filipovic and Anthony Hamilton. Additionally, Dong Hyun Kim will clash with Jorge Masvidal, while Yoshihiro Akiyama takes on Alberto Mina in a pair of welterweight scraps.
After back-to-back losses against Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone at 155 pounds, Henderson elected to try his hand at welterweight in February. The move proved to be a success, as he submitted Brandon Thatch with a fourth-round rear-naked choke at UFC Fight Night in Broomfield, Colo.
Alves returned from a two-year hiatus in 2014 and garnered consecutive triumphs over Seth Baczynski and Jordan Mein in his first two Octagon appearances. Most recently, however, he was stopped by current No. 1 contender Carlos Condit after two rounds in the UFC Fight Night Goiania headliner on May 30.
Kim has won five of his last six contests, including a third-round submission of Josh Burkman in his most recent outing at UFC 187. Masvidal, meanwhile, made the move from lightweight to welterweight at the “TUF 21” finale, where he defeated Cezar Ferreira via first-round KO.
Akiyama ended a four-bout skid in September 2014, when he outpointed Amir Sadollah at UFC Fight Night “Hunt vs. Nelson” in Japan. Mina is unbeaten in 11 pro fights, including an opening-round stoppage of Shinsho Anzai in his Octagon debut.