Gleison Tibau in for Injured Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night in Boston

A back injury has forced lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal (28-8) out of his UFC Fight Night 59 bout against Norman Parke (20-2-1) on Jan. 18 in Boston. Stepping in for Masvidal is fellow Floridian Gleison Tibau (30-10).

Gleison TibauWinner of four of his last five fights, including two straight, Tibau is showing the best form of his career heading into the Parke fight, which will open up the FOX Sports 1 main card.

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Parke, winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, is 4-0-1 since debuting in the UFC in December 2012. He’s coming off of a knockout win over Naoyuki Kotani in his last outing in July.

UFC Fight Night 59 takes place at the TD Garden in Boston on Jan. 18. Featherweight contenders Conor McGregor and Dennis Siver headline the fight card. Former lightweight titleholder Benson Henderson faces Eddie Alvarez in the co-main event.

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