Melendez makes featherweight debut against Stephens in September

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One of the top lightweights of this era will make his move to the featherweight division on Sept. 9, as Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez faces Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens in a UFC 215 bout at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

A former Strikeforce and WEC champion, Melendez has fought the best of the best in the UFC since debuting in the promotion in 2013, fighting twice for the 155-pound crown, but now the 35-year-old will battle it out in a new weight class, where he will be put to the test immediately by the hard-hitting Stephens, whose last three wins have been over Darren Elkins, Dennis Bermudez and Renan Barao

Stay tuned to ufc.com for more fight card announcements and ticket on-sale dates.

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