UFC officials announced the bout on Monday morning.
John Howard (22-10 MMA, 6-5 UFC) will be looking to rebound from a 2-fight losing skid when he battles Larkin this January in his hometown of Boston. “Doomsday” was last seen in action at September’s UFC 178 event, where he suffered a decision loss to Brian Ebersole. Since returning to the UFC in August of 2013, Howard has gone 2-2, which includes a win over highly touted middleweight Uriah Hall.
Meanwhile, Lorenz Larkin (14-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) will likely be fighting for his job when he makes his welterweight debut against Howard this January in Beantown. “The Monsoon” has lost 3 straight fights and four of his past five overall. Prior to joining the UFC as part of the Strikeforce merger, Larkin was sporting an undefeated record, which included a unanimous decision win over current UFC welterweight title contender Robbie Lawler.
UFC Fight Night 59 takes place January 18 live from Boston’s TD Garden. The event is headlined by a featherweight tilt featuring Conor McGregor taking on Dennis Siver.
UFC Fight Night 59 now includes the following contests:
•Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
•Eddie Alvarez vs. Benson Henderson
•Jorge Masvidal vs. Norman Parke
•Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou
•Zhang Lipeng vs. Chris Wade
•Sean O’Connell vs. Matt Van Buren
•John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin
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