Fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Myles Jury at UFC 182, Donald Cerrone made it perfectly clear he was looking to get back into the Octagon as quickly as possible. Turns out his wish just came true.

On Monday afternoon, UFC President Dana White took to Instagram to announce Cerrone will be replacing the injured Eddie Alvarez against former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the co-main UFC Fight Night 59 on January 18 in Boston.

For Cerrone (26-1), who defeated Alvarez by decision in the co-main event of UFC 178 in September, will enter this bout riding an incredible six fight winning streak, with four of those wins coming in 2014. Prior to his back-to-back wins against Alvarez and Jury, ‘Cowboy’ rattled off four straight stoppage victories, earning a post fight bonus in each of them. He currently holds 19 career stoppage wins, including 15 by way of submission, and a UFC record of 13-3

Henderson (21-4), who previously defeated Cerrone on two separate occasions during their time under the WEC banner, 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 title 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.

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.

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