The UFC has confirmed the rumored welterweight contest between Benson Henderson and Thiago Alves. The bout will main event the upcoming UFC Fight Night 79 card, which takes place Nov. 28 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.
Henderson will continue his welterweight campaign after moving up for his last fight. He defeated Brandon Thatch in his first fight back at 170 pounds since before he began his WEC career in 2009.
After losing the WEC lightweight title on the promotion’s final show to Anthony Pettis, Henderson moved to the UFC in 2011. In his fourth fight for the promotion, he defeated Frankie Edgar to claim the lightweight title. He defended the belt three times over Edgar, Nate Diaz and Strikeforce champion before once against dropping a belt to Pettis.
In 2009, Alves earned a welterweight title shot against then-champion Georges St. Pierre on the heels of a seven-fight winning streak. At UFC 100, the champion out wrestled Alves enroute to a decision victory. The Brazilian would go only 2-3 in his next five fight and suffered a variety of injuries that kept him out for over two years. He returned in 2014 and has gone 2-1 on his most recent run.
In the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 79, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will take on Anthony Hamilton.