UFC Fight Night 79 will be held on November 28, 2015 at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea. The event will be the first that the organisation will have hosted in South Korea. The full card will air live on UFC Fight Pass.
A welterweight bout between former WEC and UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson and former top contender Thiago Alves was expected to headline the event. However on November 14, Alves pulled out the bout due to a broken rib and was replaced by Jorge Masvidal, who was originally scheduled to face Dong Hyun Kim. Kim now face Dominic Waters in the co-main event.
A heavyweight bout between the 2006 Pride Open-Weight Grand Prix champion Mirko Cro Cop and Anthony Hamilton was expected to serve as the co-main event. However on November 10, Filipović abruptly announced his retirement, citing a shoulder injury as the main reason for calling it a day. Subsequently on the following day, UFC officials confirmed that Cro Cop had in fact failed a drug test. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified both Mirko Cro Cop and the UFC that he has been provisionally suspended due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation.
The full card can be found below along with a preview of the UFC’s first trip to South Korea.
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Dominic Waters
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina
Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Yui Chul Nam vs. Mike de la Torre
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz
Dongi Yang vs. Jake Collier
Seo Hee Ham vs. Cortney Casey
Yao Zhikui vs. Fredy Serrano
Ning Guangyou vs. Marco Beltran
Dominique Steele vs. Dong Hyun Kim