UFC Fight Night 59 is quickly becoming one of the most highly anticipated free fight cards in UFC history as three different stellar matchups have officially beed added to upcoming fight card in Boston.

On Wednesday night, the Boston Herald reported a lightweight matchup between former UFC champion Benson Henderson and former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez has officially been tabbed for co-main event of UFC Fight Night 59 in January.

Henderson (21-4), also a former WEC champion, was last seen on the receiving end of a first round knockout loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 49 in August. This loss not only snapped Henderson’s two fight win streak, which includes a split decision over former Strikeforce champ Josh Thomson, but also marked his first defeat since dropping his UFC belt to current champion and longtime rival Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 164 in August 2013. He will enter this bout with  UFC record of 9-2, with eight of those wins going to a judge’s decision.

Alvarez (25-4) was last seen suffering a decision loss in his UFC debut to Donald Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC 178 in September. This loss was his first defeat since seeing Michael Chandler walk away with his belt after a 25-minute war in the main event of Bellator 58 in November 2011. Alvarez would eventually go on to earn back-to-back knockout victories over Shinya Aoki and Patricky ‘Pitbull’ before winning his belt back from Chandler at Bellator 106 in November 2013. This victory would mark the ‘Underground King’s’ final appearance under the Bellator MMA banner after spending more than four years with the promotion. He will enter this bout with 21 career stoppage victories, including 14 by way of knockout.

Also added to the January fight card is a lightweight matchup between Jorge Masvidal and Norman Parke and a middleweight rematch between New York based fighters Uriah Hall and Costa Philippou.

Masvidal (28-8), a former Stikeforce title contender, will enter this bout riding an impressive three fight win streak, with is last performance being a dominant victory over James Krause at UFC 178. Prior to this win  ‘Gambred’  earned back-to-back decision wins over Daron Cruickshank and Pat Healy. He will enter this bout with UFC record of 5-1. His opponent, Parke (20-2-1), the TUF: Smashes lightweight champion, was last seen earning a second round TKO victory over Naoyuki Kotani at UFC Fight Night 46 in July. ‘Stormin’ was originally scheduled to face former title contender Diego Sanchez on the main card of UFC 180 in Mexico before an injured knee forced the Northern Ireland native off the card. He will enter this bout with a UFC record of 4-0-1.

Hall (9-4), who rose to prominence during his time on TUF 17, will enter this bout riding a two fight streak, which includes a TKO victory over fan favorite Chris Leben at UFC 168 in December 2013. Prior to this win streak, ‘Prime Time’ suffered back-t0-back decision losses to John Howard and TUF teammate Kelvin Gastelum. He will enter this bout with a five career knockout losses.

Philippou (13-4), who defeated Hall under the Ring of Combat back in February 2011, is coming off violent first round knockout victory over Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night 40 in May. This victory snapped Philippou’s two fight losing streak, which inludes a first TKO loss to former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold. Prior to this losing skid, the Bellmore Kickboxing MMA put together a career best five fight streak. He will enter this bout with a UFC record of 6-3.

UFC Fight Night 59 is currently scheduled to take place on January 18 the TD Garden in Boston. A featherweight matchup between Irish superstar Conor McGregor and German striker Dennis Siver will serve as the main event.

Here is how the rest of the card is shaping up:

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