The lightweight scrap will be part of UFC Fight Night 59, which will take place January 18th, at Boston’s TD Garden.
Alvarez (25-4) was tapped to fight top ranked contender Donald Cerrone in his Octagon debut last month, and the rugged vet lost the fight via unanimous decision. Heading into the bout Alvarez had scored wins over Shinya Aoki, Patricky Freire and fellow former champ, Michael Chandler.
Henderson (21-4) was steadily working his way back to another crack at the belt, but the well rounded fighter was stopped by Rafeal dos Anjos in August. “Smooth” was coming off a split decision win over Josh Thomson, and a submission victory over Rustam Khabilov, following his loss to current champ Anthony Pettis last August.
The former UFC champ is currently sitting at #5 in the promotion’s lightweight division and Alvarez is ranked #10.
So, that’s a nice addition to the card, which will feature rising featherweight Conor McGregor taking on Dennis Siver in the main event.
The UFC has also confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for Jorge Masvidal vs. Norman Parke, and Uriah Hall vs. Costa Philippou.