Ben Henderson has a new opponent for his upcoming fight in South Korea.
UFC veteran Thiago Alves was forced out of the five-round welterweight bout on Nov. 28 with a broken rib, and the former lightweight champion will now take on Jorge Masvidal in the main event in Seoul, multiple sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com. Twitter user @TalkMMA first reported Alves’ injury.
Masvidal was scheduled to take on Dong Hyun Kim in the co-main event of the same card, but was pulled from the bout to replace "Pitbull" in the main event. The UFC has yet to announce if Kim will get a new opponent in South Korea.
Henderson (22-5) and Masvidal (29-9) were initially slated to meet at UFC Fight Night 63, but "Smooth" accepted to take on Brandon Thatch on short notice, winning the fight via fourth-round submission. After his bout with Henderson was cancelled, "Gamebred" lost to Al Iaquinta via split decision before knocking out TUF winner Cezar Ferreira last July.
UFC Fight Night 79 takes place at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.