The Ultimate Fighting Championship is targeting Jorge Masvidal to replace the injured Thiago Alves and face Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night on Nov. 28.
Multiple outlets reported the new headliner on Saturday. TalkMMA first brought word via Twitter that Alves suffered a rib injury and would have to withdraw from the bout on Friday evening. Masvidal was originally scheduled to meet Dong Hyun Kim in a featured welterweight clash; it is currently unclear if Kim will be given a replacement opponent.
UFC Fight Night takes place at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea and airs in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass. The card recently lost its co-headliner when the UFC announced that heavyweight Mirko Filipovic had been provisionally suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, forcing the cancellation of his matchup with Anthony Hamilton.
A former lightweight champion, Henderson made his first 170-pound appearance at UFC Fight Night in Broomfield, Colo., where he submitted Brandon Thatch with a rear-naked choke in the fourth round. Masvidal also moved to welterweight earlier this year, scoring a first-round knockout of Cezar Ferreira at “The Ultimate Fighter 21” finale.