According to reports, the UFC is looking to book a lightweight bout between former UFC champion Anthony Pettis and former Bellator MMA champion Eddie Alvarez for an upcoming card on January 17 in Boston. Brazilian media outlet Combate was the first to report the news.

Pettis (18-3), also a former WEC champion, will be looking to get back into the title hunt after seeing reigning champion Rafael dos Anjos walk away his belt at UFC 185 in March.

Prior to this setback, ‘Showtime’ defend his belt with a second round submission over former Stikeforce, WEC & Dream champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181 in December. Pettis was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts. This win only marked his first title defense but also extended his win streak to five, which included four straight stoppages.

Alvarez (26-4), a former Bellator champion, was last seen earning his first victory under the UFC bannerw ith a split decision over Meldnez at UFC 188 in June.

Prior to this win, the Blackzillian product suffered a decision loss in his UFC debut to current number one contender Donald Cerrone UFC 178. He will enter this contest 21 career stoppage wins, including 14 by way of knockout.

No other bouts have been announced for the event.

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