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Former Champ Greets Alvarez In Second UFC Appearance

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Despite losing Donald Cerrone-Myles Jury, UFC Fight Night 59 this January will still have an intriguing lightweight matchup.

Officials announced recently that former UFC champion Benson Henderson will meet ex-Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez in the January 18 co-main event from Boston’s TD Garden. The card features Conor McGregor-Dennis Siver in the headline act.

Other announced fights include Norman Parke vs. Jorge Masvidal and Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou.

Henderson (21-4) is also a former WEC champion, going 2-2 in his last four. He was knocked out by Rafael dos Anjos in August and has mentioned plans to move to welterweight in the near future.

Alvarez (25-4) dropped his debut to Donald Cerrone in September after signing with the promotion. He is 10-2 in his last 12, including wins over Michael Chandler, Shinya Aoki and Roger Huerta.

Parke (20-2-1) was scheduled to face Diego Sanchez next month, but an injury scrapped the contest. He has gone 4-0-1 since joining the UFC in 2012, including a recent TKO of Naoyuki Kotani.

Masvidal (28-8) has found himself on the right end of three straight decisions, topping James Krause, Daron Cruickshank and Pat Healy since a 2013 loss to Rustam Khabilov. He is 6-1 since a decision loss to then-Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez

Hall (9-4) will be putting his two-fight win streak on the line vs. Philippou (X-X), who holds a win over Hall from 2011 in Ring of Combat. Philippou snapped a two-fight losing skid by knocking out Lorenz Larkin in May.

Below is the current lineup:

Featherweight: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver

Lightweight: Benson Henderson vs. Eddie Alvarez

Lightweight: Jorge Masvidal vs. Norman Parke

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou

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