Alvarez out, Cowboy in vs. Henderson in Boston’s co-main event

Published on Monday, 1/5/15, at 10:41 p.m. Eastern.
Updated on Wednesday, 1/7/15, at 1:14 a.m. Eastern.

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone made it crystal clear that he was ready to fight ASAP after beating previously-unbeaten Myles Jury in Saturday’s UFC 182 co-main event.

The lightweight contender got his wish less than 48 hours later. With Eddie Alvarez pulling out of next week’s co-main bout vs. Ben Henderson due to an injury, ‘Cowboy’ jumps in to face ‘Smooth’ for a third time. And UFC Fight Night Boston gets an instant jolt of excitement.

5Dimes opened Henderson as a -120 favorite. As of early Wednesday, the offshore website had adjusted Henderson to -150 with Cerrone as a +110 underdog. The ‘over/under’ is 2.5 rounds (-230 to take the ‘over,’ +170 for the ‘under’).

Cerrone is riding a six-fight winning streak since losing a unanimous decision to current No. 1 contender Rafael dos Anjos. He will be looking to avenge a pair of losses to Henderson, whose last loss also came against Dos Anjos.

Cerrone was pissed by the way Jury fought Saturday and felt the youngster cost him a $60,000 Performance Bonus, a payment he’s grown accustomed to taking home after nearly every trip into the Octagon. He took it out on Jury with a wild slew of leg kicks in the final 15 seconds of the round.

Henderson beat Cerrone twice in the WEC, winning the lightweight belt in both instances. The first bout was the 2009 Fight of the Year that went the distance. Henderson prevailed in the second meeting via first-round guillotine choke.

Conor McGregor will headline the Boston card against Dennis Siver. ‘The Notorious’ is an enormous -1100 betting favorite at 5Dimes. Siver, the German kickboxer, is a +700 underdog.

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